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Palm Oil & Plantations


Mongabay -7 days ago

Palm oil giant Olam under scrutiny again over Gabon plantations

The World Rainforest Movement (WRM) has accused Singapore-based agribusiness company Olam of making meaningless “zero deforestation” pledges about a major oil palm development in Gabon and neglecting the rights of local communities. In a report published last month, WRM also says Olam is failing to fulfill commitments made to villagers in the central-southern province of […]...

Mongabay -4 weeks ago

Indonesia’s point man for palm oil says no more plantations in Papua

JAKARTA — A top Indonesian official has declared a halt to new oil palm plantations in the country’s heavily forested Papua region in favor of other, “greener,” crops, apparently contradicting his vigorous earlier defenses of the industry. The remarks by Luhut Pandjaitan, the chief minister in charge of investments, including in the palm oil industry, […]...

Mongabay -1 month ago

Activists skeptical of win as court orders Papua plantation maps published

JAKARTA — A court in Indonesia has ordered the government to publish detailed maps of oil palm plantations in the country’s easternmost Papua region, an area increasingly targeted by the plantation and logging companies that have depleted much of the tropical rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo. But indigenous and land rights activists say they’re skeptical […]...

ScienceDaily -1 month ago

Eco-friendly biodiesel from palm oil?

Vegetable oil biofuels are increasingly used as an alternative to fossil fuels despite the growing controversy regarding their sustainability. In a study, researchers investigated the effect of palm-oil biodiesel on greenhouse gases for the entire life cycle. They found that using palm oil from first rotation plantations where forests were cleared for palms leads to an increase in greenhouse gas e...

ScienceDaily -2 months ago

Preparing land for palm oil causes most climate damage

New research has found preparing land for palm oil plantations and the growth of young plants causes significantly more damage to the environment, emitting double the amount of greenhouse gases than mature plantations....

Mongabay -3 months ago

Activists seek purge after Indonesia court rules forest plantations illegal

JAKARTA — Environmental activists have called on the Indonesian government to swiftly crack down on plantation companies operating in protected forests, after the country’s highest court ruled such activities illegal. The Supreme Court ruling, delivered at the end of 2019, was the culmination of a legal challenge filed by green activists against a controversial provision […]...

Mongabay -3 months ago

Palm oil processors top plantations in destroying proboscis monkey habitat

JAKARTA — The oil palm processing industry has become the biggest threat to the iconic and endangered proboscis monkeys of Indonesian Borneo, a new study has found. The study, published in the journal Global Ecology and Conservation, analyzed the loss of habitat of the proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus) in Balikpapan Bay, home to one of […]...

The Guardian -3 months ago

Liberia's miracle oil brings farmers only empty promises

Palm plantations are fuelling a booming international trade but the people who live on its edges feel forgotten The sign at the entrance to the palm oil plantation in Grand Bassa has faded thanks to Liberia’s relentless cycle of scorching sun and torrential rain. Even so, it’s possible to make out the phrase: “Your community is rich: Let’s have a fair share.”Several miles farther on, pas...

Mongabay -3 months ago

Indonesian palm oil firm hit with $1.8m fine for 2015 fires

JAKARTA — An Indonesian court has fined an palm oil company $1.8 million for fires that occurred on its concession in 2015, capping a four-year ordeal by the government to bring the firm to justice. The South Jakarta District Court ruled on Dec. 10 that PT Kaswari Unggul, a subsidiary of Jakarta-listed Bakrie Sumatera Plantations, […]...

Mongabay -4 months ago

Indonesian officials charged in $1.6m bribes-for-permits scheme

JAKARTA — Anti-corruption investigators in Indonesia have charged two government officials for allegedly taking $1.6 million in bribes to grant permits for oil palm plantations spanning just over half the size of New York’s Central Park. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) announced the charges on Nov. 29 against Gusmin Tuarita, an official at the National […]...

The Guardian -4 months ago

UK development bank accused of failure to safeguard Congolese workers

British-backed plantation firm vows to address claims that underpaid palm oil workers have been exposed to toxic chemicalsThe UK development bank has been accused of failing to protect workers from exposure to dangerous pesticides and paying “extreme poverty” wages on palm oil plantations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Human Rights Watch said the CDC group, along with three other Euro...

ScienceDaily -4 months ago

When grown right, palm oil can be sustainable

Turning an abandoned pasture into a palm tree plantation can be carbon neutral, according to a new study. These findings, based on measurements of 56-year-old palm tree plantations in Colombia, suggest we may be able to find sustainable alternatives to deforestation for the production of palm oil -- a practice currently under fire by environmentalists....

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