Companies and officials flout forest-clearing moratorium in Papua, report finds

A litany of loopholes and violations have undercut the Indonesian government's forest protection policies, allowing oil palm companies to continue obtaining licenses to clear rainforests for plantations, according to a new report.

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Indonesia’s bid to control deforestation wildly off-target, experts say

Experts say the plan is unrealistic given the current pace of deforestation and the fact that prevailing government policies still allow for a substantial amount of forest clearing for agriculture.

Can palm oil be grown sustainably? Agroforestry research suggests it can, and without chemicals

Using an ecologically friendly agroforestry system, researchers have demonstrated higher yields on 18 demonstration farms: 180 kg of fresh fruit bunches per plant, compared with 139 kg per plant from monocultures.

Can the EU′s climate change plan work in Southeast Asia?

The EU has earmarked millions of euros for supporting climate friendly development in Southeast Asia. But the EU's climate diplomacy in the region is up against economic growth fueled by dirty energy.

81 Indigenous leaders, environmental defenders slam BlackRock in open letter

A group of 81 Indigenous leaders and environmental defenders from across the world have signed an open letter to BlackRock, saying the fund manager's investments “continue to threaten our health, our security, and our very future."


The COVID-19 question: How do we prevent future pandemics?

The EndPandemics alliance brings together various groups working to prevent future zoonotic disease outbreaks by ending the wildlife trade and the destruction of nature, and transforming agriculture.

Ending tropical deforestation is vital to public health, scientists say

Deforestation in the tropics, mostly caused by agriculture, is driving an increased rate of pathogen spillover from wildlife to humans.

The world’s wetlands are slipping away. This vibrant wildlife sanctuary underscores the stakes

It’s been 50 years since an international treaty to protect wetlands was created but, around the world, wetlands are still disappearing three times faster than forests.

Bill McKibben: Can green energy power the cannabis boom?

We’ve found a huge new electricity hog in indoor industrial production of the crop.

Palm oil plantations, coal mines linked to deadly Indonesia flood

Environmentalists have attributed recent heavy floods in southern Indonesian Borneo to widespread deforestation for oil palm plantations and coal mines.


Malaysia takes WTO legal action against EU over palm biofuel curbs

Malaysia is taking legal action at the global trade watchdog against the European Union and member states France and Lithuania for restricting palm oil-based biofuels, the government said.

Agribusiness giants ADM, Bunge trading in ‘conflict’ palm oil, report says

A report by Global Witness has found that more than 100 Indonesian palm oil mills supplying agribusiness giants ADM and Bunge have been accused of land and human rights violations and environmental destruction.

Ecuador’s palm oil law a boon for producers, but not people and planet, groups say

A key concern is that the Oil Palm Law will encourage greater deforestation for oil palm plantations, which are already a leading driver of forest loss in the country.

Philip M. Fearnside, Lucas Ferrante, Aurora M. Yanai, Marcos Antonio Isaac Júnior: Trans-Purus: Brazil’s last intact Amazon forest at immediate risk

Major roadbuilding, including the “reconstruction” of the BR-319 highway, now threatens the Brazilian Amazon’s last, vast intact rainforest, vital to Brazilian ecosystem services.
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U.S. Steel abandons clean tech plans in Pittsburgh region following damning health study

The company scraps planned Pennsylvania investments and will instead shut down three polluting batteries in 2023. The announcement comes a week after a study shows lower lung function in people living near its Pittsburgh-region facility.

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Can marine protected areas reduce marine disease?

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Food dyes linked to attention and activity problems in children

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Biden takes a run at America's glaring environmental problems. Can he succeed?

President Biden counts on a tenuous Congressional majority to dramatically alter environmental policy.

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