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Palm Oil & Plantations


NYT -20 hours ago

Indonesian Wildfires Choke Region in Blanket of Smoke

Thousands of fires, most of them set to clear land for plantations that make palm oil, created thick clouds of smoke that disrupted air travel and sickened people....

NYT -20 hours ago

As Amazon Smolders, Indonesia Fires Choke the Other Side of the World

Thousands of fires, most of them set to clear land for plantations that make palm oil, created thick clouds of smoke that disrupted air travel and sickened people....

Mongabay -2 days ago

‘A green desert’: Mammals take a hit in Colombia’s oil palm plantations

As oil palm plantations expand across the world, razing swaths of tropical rainforests in their path, fears about their impact on the environment have also grown. In the plantations of Colombia, a new study has found yet another way they are altering global biodiversity: by impacting the diversity of mammals. “Some species do very well” […]...

CBD -2 days ago

'A green desert': Mammals take a hit in Colombia's oil palm plantations

As oil palm plantations expand across the world, razing swaths of tropical rainforests in their path, fears about their impact on the environment have also grown. In the plantations of Colombia, a new study has found yet another way they are altering global biodiversity: by impacting the diversity of mammals....

Mongabay -7 days ago

Photos: Forest fires rage on Sumatra oil palm concessions

JAMBI, Indonesia — Clouds of haze have blanketed parts of Jambi province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, as slash-and-burn clearing to make way for oil palm plantations rages on. The provincial disaster management agency reported 62 fire hotspots between Aug. 28 and Sept. 4 on farmland and plantation concessions held by palm oil companies […]...

Elsevier -2 weeks ago

The impact of green house gas mitigation policy for land use and the forestry sector in Indonesia: Applying the computable general equilibrium model

Publication date: December 2019Source: Forest Policy and Economics, Volume 109Author(s): Marissa Malahayati, Toshihiko MasuiAbstractIndonesia's economy relies heavily on the land-based sector, which results in high deforestation and forest degradation that leads to large emissions from Land Use Change and Forestry (LUCF). Under its Nationally Determined Contributions, Indonesia has committed to ac...

Mongabay -2 weeks ago

Connected forests key to more sustainable palm oil industry: report

Researchers in the U.K. are calling for stronger criteria to ensure that high-quality forested areas remain intact, even if they run through oil palm plantations. The key, they say, is to keep other areas of forest connected and encourage movement of vulnerable species. The findings were published in a study last month by researchers from […]...

timberbiz -2 weeks ago

New analysis shows forest loss in Amazon

A recent analysis by the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP), an initiative of the organization Conservación Amazónica (ACCA), reveals just how much forest has been lost. Source: Mongabay Overall, 61% (1.8 million hectares, or 4.4 million acres) of the Ecuadoran Chocó has been deforested; one-fifth of that loss (365,000 hectares, or 902,000 acres) occurred between 2000 and 2018. Spa...

Elsevier -2 weeks ago

Understanding local perceptions of the impacts of large-scale oil palm plantations on ecosystem services in the Brazilian Amazon

Publication date: December 2019Source: Forest Policy and Economics, Volume 109Author(s): Diana Córdoba, Leandro Juen, Theresa Selfa, Ana Maria Peredo, Luciano Fogaça de Assis Montag, Daniel Sombra, Marcos Persio Dantas SantosAbstractDespite the increasing research on the impacts of oil palm, few studies have examined local perceptions of environmental changes of large-scale plantations in Latin ...

Mongabay -3 weeks ago

The Pan Borneo Highway could divide threatened wildlife populations

This is the fourth article in our six-part series “Traveling the Pan Borneo Highway.” Read Part One, Part Two and Part Three. BATU PUTEH, Malaysia — They call it the “corridor of life.” Amid a sea of oil palm plantations, narrow strips of forests that fringe the Kinabatangan River in Malaysia teem with iconic wildlife. […]...

Mongabay -3 weeks ago

81% of Indonesia’s oil palm plantations flouting regulations, audit finds

JAKARTA — More than 80 percent of oil palm plantations in Indonesia, the world’s biggest producer of the crop, are operating in violation of numerous regulations, a government audit has found. “Roughly 81 percent didn’t meet existing requirements,” Luhut Pandjaitan, the coordinating minister for maritime affairs, who also oversees the palm oil industry, told reporters […]...

ScienceDaily -4 weeks ago

Connected forest networks on oil palm plantations key to protecting endangered species

Set-aside patches of high-quality forest on palm oil plantations may help protect species like orangutans, as well as various species of insects, birds and bats -- many of which are threatened with extinction in areas of Indonesia and Malaysia, where 85% of the world's palm oil is produced....