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Palm Oil & Plantations

Mongabay -2 weeks ago

Top brands failing to spot rights abuses on Indonesian oil palm plantations

JAKARTA — Human rights abuses continue to fester in the Indonesian palm oil industry as global brands and financial institutions and investors turn a blind eye to the problem, a new report says. The report by a coalition of NGOs documents the human rights and environmental impacts of 10 oil palm plantations in Indonesia that […]...

Mongabay -4 weeks ago

NGOs call for alternative routes for Bornean road to avoid wildlife habitat

Malaysian scientists and activists have called on road planners in the Bornean state of Sabah to reconsider a 13-kilometer (8-mile) stretch of the Pan Borneo Highway that will cut through a protected forest reserve with a dense concentration of elephants when built. The current planned route runs through the Tawai Forest Reserve, a Class I […]...

Mongabay -1 month ago

Deforestation of orangutan habitat feeds global palm oil demand, report shows

JAKARTA — A major palm oil company supplying to global brands like Nestlé and PepsiCo continues to source the raw commodity from plantations responsible for deforesting prime orangutan habitat in Sumatra, according to a recent investigation. U.S.-based environmental advocacy group Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has found Singapore-based conglomerate Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) allegedly buying pa...

CBD -2 months ago

Oil palm plantations a 'threat to global health,' reports study on outbreaks

From Ebola in Africa to malaria in Brazil to tick-borne illnesses in the US, there is a common thread linking outbreaks of vector-borne and zoonotic diseases: fluctuating forest cover, according to a recent study....

Mongabay -2 months ago

Oil palm plantations a ‘threat to global health,’ says study on outbreaks

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised plenty of questions about whether the planet’s declining health is what ails humans. The answer is yes, and it’s not a metaphorical response. Distorting the blue planet’s green cover, hollowing out dense forests and tacking tree plantations at will fuels the rise of diseases, a growing body of research shows. […]...

Elsevier -2 months ago

Powerful actors and their networks in land use contestation for oil palm and industrial tree plantations in Riau

Publication date: August 2021Source: Forest Policy and Economics, Volume 129Author(s): Lila Juniyanti, Herry Purnomo, Hariadi Kartodihardjo, Lilik Budi Prasetyo, Suryadi, Eko Pambudi...

Mongabay -3 months ago

Indonesian omnibus law’s ‘whitewash’ of illegal palm oil shocks its architects

JAKARTA — Lawmakers in Indonesia have expressed shock — shock! — that a controversial bill they passed into law last year amid near-universal criticism legitimizes illegal deforestation for oil palm plantations. The so-called omnibus law on job creation ushered in a wave of deregulation across a range of industries, including rolling back environmental protections and […]...

Mongabay -3 months ago

Sri Lanka to ban palm oil imports, raze plantations over environmental concerns

COLOMBO — Environmentalists have welcomed the Sri Lankan government’s surprise decision to ban palm oil imports into the country and raze existing plantations, but others say the science justifying the move is unfounded. The government made the announcement in an April 5 gazette, citing recommendations from an expert panel formed by the Central Environmental Authority […]...

Mongabay -3 months ago

Belgium-sized swath of forest faces the chop from Indonesian palm oil

JAKARTA — Indonesia could lose an area of tropical rainforest bigger than Belgium to oil palm plantations over the next three years without existing measures to slow this loss, activists warn. This would negate the government’s own commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2070. Indonesia has since 2018 banned the issuance of permits for […]...

Mongabay -3 months ago

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

JAKARTA — 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. The report by Greenpeace analyzes the licensing process in the easternmost province of Papua, the last frontier of intact tropical forest […]...

Mongabay -3 months ago

New palm oil frontier sparks scramble for land in the Brazilian Amazon

In a far-flung stretch of the Brazilian Amazon, the dense rainforest is slowly giving way to neat rows of oil palm that stretch for miles. Beyond the plantations, a narrow strip of forest – some of it already razed – separates the plantations from the Waimiri-Atroari Indigenous Territory. There, in Brazil’s northern state of Roraima, […]...

iForest -4 months ago

Research Articles: Contrasted growth response of hybrid larch (Larix × marschlinsii), jack pine (Pinus banksiana) and white spruce (Picea glauca) to wood ash application in northwestern Quebec, Canada

Bélanger N, Palma Ponce G, Brais SCONTRASTED GROWTH RESPONSE OF HYBRID LARCH (LARIX × MARSCHLINSII), JACK PINE (PINUS BANKSIANA) AND WHITE SPRUCE (PICEA GLAUCA) TO WOOD ASH APPLICATION IN NORTHWESTERN QUEBEC, CANADAAbstract: The use of wood ash as a soil amendment in afforestation and reforestation efforts is increasing. While most studies suggest benefits or neutral results on tree growth and s...

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