orangutans

COVID-19 Could Threaten Already Vulnerable Great Apes

COVID-19 Could Threaten Already Vulnerable Great Apes

The new coronavirus may have passed from animals to humans, but now there are concerns that it could pass from humans to endangered species of apes. Twenty-seven conservation experts from the Great Ape Health Consortium urged a letter to Nature Tuesday that all great ape tourism be suspended and field research be reduced in an […]

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    World’s Largest Palm Oil Trader Ramps Up Zero-Deforestation Efforts

    World’s Largest Palm Oil Trader Ramps Up Zero-Deforestation Efforts

    The world’s largest palm oil trader released plans on Monday to increase its efforts to eliminate deforestation from its supply chain. Wilmar International, which supplies 40 percent of the world’s palm oil, has teamed up with the sustainability consultancy Aidenvironment Asia to develop a comprehensive mapping database to better monitor the company’s palm oil supplier […]

    Oreo Cookie Maker Linked to Orangutan Habitat Destruction for Palm Oil

    Oreo Cookie Maker Linked to Orangutan Habitat Destruction for Palm Oil

    Greenpeace International published a new report on Tuesday accusing Mondelēz International of sourcing palm oil from “rainforest destroyers.” Palm oil is an ingredient in many of the company’s popular products, including Oreo cookies, Ritz crackers and Cadbury chocolate bars. The report comes a day after Mondelēz announced it has excluded 12 upstream suppliers as a […]

    5 Ways to Make Food Production  and Land Use More Earth-Friendly

    5 Ways to Make Food Production and Land Use More Earth-Friendly

    By Edward Davey The world is vastly underestimating the benefits of acting on climate change. Recent research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that bold climate action could deliver at least $26 trillion in economic benefits through 2030. This ground-breaking research, produced by the Global Commission and more than 200 experts, […]

    300+ Mammal Species Could Still Be Discovered, Scientists Say

    300+ Mammal Species Could Still Be Discovered, Scientists Say

    By Sara Novak You can’t protect an animal that you don’t know exists. Tapanuli orangutans, for example, are found only in the Tapanuli region of Sumatra; they were only identified as a species last year, when scientists found them to be genetically different from other Bornean and Sumatran orangutans. With just 800 left, this newly […]

    New Dam Could Be ‘Ecological Armageddon’ for Rare Orangutan

    New Dam Could Be ‘Ecological Armageddon’ for Rare Orangutan

    Less than a year ago, scientists announced an exciting discovery—a new species of orangutan, called the Tapanuli orangutan, living in Batang Toru in Sumatra, Indonesia, The Conversation reported. But an article published in Current Biology Thursday has some sobering news for the newly discovered ape: The “critically-endangered species” is at serious risk for extinction. “This […]