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Palm Oil & Plantations

ScienceDaily -7 days 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 -4 weeks 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 -1 month 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 -2 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 -2 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 -2 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....

Mongabay -3 months ago

Indonesian fire expert awarded for exposing destruction by plantation firms

JAKARTA — Indonesian forensics expert Bambang Hero Saharjo has been awarded a top environmental prize for his work in delivering justice against oil palm plantations accused of allowing fires on their concessions. Bambang was one of 206 nominees from 38 countries for the John Maddox Prize for Standing up for Science, now in its eighth […]...

Mongabay -3 months ago

Myanmar risks losing forests to oil palm, but there’s time to pivot

Indonesia and Malaysia have long occupied the spotlight for oil palm plantations and their adverse consequences, including deforestation, habitat loss, climate change, and struggles with indigenous and local people. But other Southeast Asian countries are fast joining the two oil palm giants, with Myanmar following their development blueprint by allocating forestland for new plantations: A […...

Mongabay -3 months ago

Their lawsuit against a coal firm in limbo, Bornean villagers take their fight online

As the forests of South Kalimantan province were whittled away by extractive industries, just one district in this corner of Indonesian Borneo remained free of both mining and oil palm plantations: Central Hulu Sungai district. Today, that status is uncertain. The district’s people, who have long fought to keep corporate interests off their land, are […]...

Mongabay -3 months ago

RSPO questions effectiveness of Indonesian palm plantation moratorium

JAKARTA — A year after the Indonesian government imposed a ban on issuing new licenses for oil palm plantations, the leading certification body for sustainable sourcing of the crop has criticized the policy as essentially ineffective. The licensing moratorium, signed by President Joko Widodo in September last year and expected to remain in force for […]...

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