Rescuing orangutans ‘doesn’t work’ for apes or forests, studies find

New research suggests moving orangutans to new areas is not good for the animals themselves and negatively affects forest conservation efforts.

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Here we go again: Hopeful, fake animal news keeps spreading amid pandemic

Fake stories may seem like harmless fun—but in the long run, they undermine conservation efforts, scientists say.
Climate

Health in Harmony carbon offsets help rain forest natives

To help convince people not to turn to illegal logging, you need to give the economic alternatives. Health in Harmony’s offset program works with them to plant trees, and provides them with services, too.
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Toxics

‘Not sacrificing my grandchildren’s future’: Minister Luhut vows govt will protect environment

"I will never issue any regulations that will harm the future of my children and grandchildren," Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said in the discussion on Indonesia's strategy toward a zero-emission economy in 2050, according to a statement from the ministry.

Biodiversity

Palm oil from 'orangutan capital of world' sold to major brands, says forest group

Despite corporate efforts to halt deforestation, palm oil from trees grown illegally in an Indonesian wildlife reserve is entering supply chains, an investigation finds.

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Originals

Balancing palm oil and protected forests to conserve orangutans

Orangutan populations have decreased in fragmented forest areas near palm oil plantations, but they have remained fairly stable in protected forests, giving conservationists some hope for the species' future amid continued decline, according to a new study.

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Justice

Activists fighting to save orangutan habitat from dam unfazed by legal setback

Environmentalists in Indonesia have vowed to “never stop" in their fight to halt the construction of a hydroelectric project they say threatens the world's rarest great ape species with extinction, following a legal setback.

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Justice

Allegation of forged signature casts shadow over China-backed dam in Sumatra

An Indonesian scientist says his signature was forged to obtain a key permit underlying a $1.6 billion hydropower project in an orangutan habitat on the island of Sumatra.

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Climate

For orangutans affected by El Niño, change unfolds over time

The study increases conservationists' understanding of how orangutans survive in difficult and variable climatic conditions — important information given the likely impact of climate change.

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Christmas ad conundrum: Is a palm oil boycott the way to save apes?

A Christmas advertisement deemed too political to air in the U.K. but that has been viewed more than 70 million times online has rekindled the debate about how to save orangutans from going extinct: should consumers boycott products containing palm oil?

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Climate

It’s déjà vu for orangutans, devastated by climate change and hunting once before

Orangutans face a changing climate and are hemmed in by a growing human population using novel technologies to hunt them down. It's a situation they have been in before — 20,000 years ago.

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Climate

Recovering conservationist: Q&A with orangutan ecologist June Mary Rubis

Orangutans face a bleak future in Borneo, hammered by habitat loss to plantations and mines, poached for the illegal pet trade, and exterminated by farmers.

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Climate

Illegal logging persists in Borneo orangutan habitat despite government ban

At least six illegal logging camps have sprung up in a peat forest in Indonesian Borneo that the government had declared off-limits last year, a Greenpeace investigation has revealed.

Justice

Indonesian activists protest China-funded dam in orangutan habitat

Activists in Indonesia have called on the Chinese government to withdraw funding for a hydroelectric dam that threatens to fragment the only known habitat of the most endangered great ape on Earth.

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