Will We Have to Tell Our Children the Rainforests Were Destroyed by Big Palm Oil for Snacks?
Can you imagine how ridiculous we'll feel when we have to explain to future generations that we destroyed this land for the sake of cookies and snacks?
Breaking: Norway Becomes First Nation In The World To Ban Deforestation
Did you know? Every year, an estimated 55 billion tons of fossil energy, minerals, metals, and bio mass is extracted from the Earth. As a result, humans are using up 50% more natural resources than
Massive effort to save the Amazon is failing even in ‘protected’ areas
Even in intact forests protected by law, a variety of disturbances, like selective logging and hunting, devastate biodiversity.
Ecological corridor to provide connectivity for endangered, range-restricted Andean species
A pandemonium of El Oro parakeets passes over. The loose but synchronized breeding group calls raucously amongst themselves, ever-vigilant for small but nutritious canopy fruits. Their feathers glow green, with a scarlet forehead, ruby tail, and flashes of bright cobalt and scarlet on the wings. They have presided over their own restricted belt of the […]
Training Manual on Developing Joint BioTrade and REDD+ Projects
Biodiversity is the source of many products and services utilised by society and its sustainable use is thus fundamental for long·term sustainable development. Natural resources are located mainly in rural areas, where over 70 per cent of the world’s poor live and directly depend on these resources to cover 90 per cent of their needs in terms of food, fuel, medicine, shelter and transportation. The BioTrade Initiative of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) seeks…
President of Indonesia Stands on the Wreckage of His Country, Burnt for the Sake of Palm Oil
Widodo stands on an area of peatland that has recently been cleared to make way for a palm oil plantation: a symbol of how his country has been ravaged by the palm oil industry.
PanEco resigns from RSPO over ‘sheer level of inaction’
One of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s disgruntled NGO members officially called it quits on the organization last week, resigning over what it deemed the RSPO’s failure to reign in an industry tainted by environmental destruction and human rights abuses. The PanEco Foundation, which is known for protecting orangutans in Indonesia, also cited “the […]
Orphaned orangutan gets a second chance after his home was destroyed by palm oil
We can each help keep baby orangutans in the wild! Tell PepsiCo to protect critically endangered species by cleaning up its palm oil supply chain >> bit.ly/ChangePepsiCo
Successes and many challenges in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve
Other stories in Mongabay’s series on the Maya Biosphere Reserve: Killing of Guatemalan activist in the Maya Biosphere Reserve raises alarm Communities lead the way in rainforest conservation in Guatemala Controversial park plans in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve Flashes of color move about the trees lining the path to the Waka’ archaeological site inside Guatemala’s […]
Gold mining shifts course of Peruvian river, ‘will destroy’ ecosystems
Illegal gold mining has become a big problem for Tambopata National Reserve in southern Peru. Despite its status as an official protected area, mining has encroached along the river that forms the reserve’s northern border. The activity has supplanted significant areas of forest, and now researchers have found another cause for alarm – gold mining […]
Norway commits to zero deforestation
Norway is a leader in funding forest conservation around the world (see here, here, and here, for example), and has also taken a stand for the human rights of forest communities. But now the country has announced that it will walk the walk itself. In what’s being hailed as a groundbreaking move, the Norwegian parliament […]