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Deforestation in Indonesia: Turning Rainforest into Palm Oil

Burning Indonesia’s Rainforest An investigative report reveals that Korindo, a corporation heavily involved in natural resource extraction in Southeast Asia, is targeting the largest intact Rainforest in Papua the Indonesian provinces of Papua and North Maluku for destruction to make way for oil palm plantations.  Despite the devastating haze crisis of 2015, the common tool for their systematic operation of deforestation…

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Indonesian Inferno Releasing More CO2 than the U.S. Economy

In just three weeks, a raging inferno in Indonesia has released more CO2 than Germany does in a year, and more than that of the entire U.S. economy. Clearing forest and altering landscapes and waterways underlain by carbon-rich peat deposits for palm oil agriculture is to blame.

Rainforest destruction in Indonesia from Palm Oil production

EarthTalk: Palm Oil and Forest Destruction

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How is it that some food purveyors are contributing to the destruction of tropical rainforests by ditching unhealthy “trans fats?”                                                            — Billy S., Salem, OR Most public health advocates applaud efforts by processed food producers, restaurants…

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UN’s State Of The World’s Forests Reveals Deforestation Is Speeding Up

The United Nation’s latest report on the state of the world’s forests shows an alarming increase in the rate of deforestation. Much of this is due to a rise in palm oil plantations used to make biofuels. An economic alternative must be found to protect the world’s forests and the biodiversity and other vital environmental services these ecosystems provide.

EarthTalk: The Consequences of Palm Oil

Earthtalk is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that palm oil, common in snack foods and health & beauty products, is destroying rainforests? If so, what can consumers do about it? — Emma Miniscalco, via e-mail RSPO Greenpeace Image Credit: Netaholic13, courtesy Flickr GOT AN…

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