rainforests

Palm Oil Producer Destroying Critical Elephant Habitat With Impunity

Palm Oil Producer Destroying Critical Elephant Habitat With Impunity

Between Aug. 21 and Sept. 5, conflict palm oil grower PT. Tualang Raya cleared another 18 hectares of critical lowland rainforests inside the Leuser Ecosystem. This rogue actor has continued razing forests with impunity despite Rainforest Action Network exposing its ongoing destruction since September 2015. PT. Tualang Raya is clearing in disregard of a government […]

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    381 New Species Discovered in the Amazon

    381 New Species Discovered in the Amazon

    A new WWF and Mamirauá Institute for Sustainable Development report, released Aug. 30, reveals that a new animal or plant species is discovered in the Amazon every two days, the fastest rate to be observed this century. The findings come as huge parts of the forest are increasingly under threat, sparking further concern over the […]

    Hong Kong’s Palm Oil Spill Is Wreaking Havoc on Marine Life

    Hong Kong’s Palm Oil Spill Is Wreaking Havoc on Marine Life

    On the night of Aug. 3 two ships collided south of Hong Kong in the approach waters to the Pearl River Delta. According to information obtained from the Tradewinds News, the Japanese GMS chemical tanker Global Apollon and the Pacific International Lines containership Kota Ganteng had a collision but details remain very slim. Details of […]

    11 Beaches Closed in Hong Kong After 9,000-Ton Palm Oil Spill

    11 Beaches Closed in Hong Kong After 9,000-Ton Palm Oil Spill

    Palm oil is not only disastrous for forests and its inhabitants but—as it turns out—it can also blight our waters and harm marine life. More than 9,000 tons of palm oil leaked from a cargo ship after a collision in mainland Chinese waters last week, prompting the closure of at least 11 beaches in Hong […]

    How New Dams in Amazon Put Entire World at Risk

    How New Dams in Amazon Put Entire World at Risk

    By Tim Radford What’s considered by some to be clean energy could devastate the Amazon, according to new research. A massive increase in hydropower from a series of planned Amazon dams could harm the world’s most important rainforest all the way from the slopes of the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean. Altogether, 428 dams are […]

    7 Ways You Contribute to Rainforest Destruction on a Daily Basis

    7 Ways You Contribute to Rainforest Destruction on a Daily Basis

    By Sophia Lepore People don’t usually think about the destruction of rainforests while washing their hands, applying lipstick or doing laundry. But thanks to high demand for products containing palm oil, which is derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree, consumers are inadvertently contributing to deforestation. Companies in countries such as Indonesia burn […]

    Orphaned Orangutan Gets Second Chance After His Home Was Destroyed by Palm Oil

    Orphaned Orangutan Gets Second Chance After His Home Was Destroyed by Palm Oil

    By Chelsea Matthews As Conflict Palm Oil companies move into priceless rainforests like Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem, they are leaving a trail of destruction behind. Chocolate the orangutan is one of the few lucky survivors of this destruction and his is a story of hope. Racing Extinction, Rainforest Action Network and Wildlife Asia have put together […]

    How Palm Oil Ravages Rainforests, Endangers Wildlife and Destroys Communities

    How Palm Oil Ravages Rainforests, Endangers Wildlife and Destroys Communities

    Demand for palm oil is growing—and fast. At the moment, most of it ends up in hundreds of food products—from margarine and chocolate to cream cheese and oven chips—although it’s also used in cosmetics and increasingly, for use in biodiesel. But the cost to the environment and the global climate is devastating—to feed this demand, tropical […]

    U.S. Banks Financing Rainforest Destruction for Palm Oil Plantations

    U.S. Banks Financing Rainforest Destruction for Palm Oil Plantations

    A new report names major U.S. and European banks that are financing land grabs in Indonesia for palm oil production—which is harming the rainforest and the lives of the people who live there—and the investors who are profiting from the business. Palm oil producers in Indonesia are clearing tropical rainforests to plant their oil palm trees, obliterating the […]