Forests – GBRI
 

The World Health Organization’s latest initiative to ban artificial trans fats from the global food supply by 2023 is praiseworthy as around 500,000 people die from cardiovascular diseases annually after consuming trans fats. However, environmentalists fear this move could inadvertently increase the demand for palm oil, which is a highly unsustainable substitute. Artificial trans fats are […]

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Hayel Saeed Anam Group (HSA) supplies palm oil to leading international brands including Mars, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever. According to a new investigation by Greenpeace, this palm oil supplier has destroyed around 4,000 hectares of rainforest in PT Megakarya Jaya Raya concession between May 2015 and April 2017. That’s an area equivalent to half the size of […]

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WWF Australia has raised concerns over the dwindling koala populations in areas of Queensland and New South Wales as a result of disappearing koala habitats. It urged state governments to look into the rapid destruction of their natural bush habitats and put in strong protections for the animal. Dr Martin Taylor, protected areas and conservation […]

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A new study conducted by WWF, the University of East Anglia and the James Cook University has warned world’s biggest forests could lose almost 60% of plants and 50% of animals by 2100 if the world continues to warm at current rate. Mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds are also likely to disappear on a catastrophic scale […]

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In the world’s largest donation of privately held land, American philanthropists Kristine Tompkins and her late husband Doug donated more than one million acres to the Chilean government for creation of new parklands. The Chilean government added another 9 million acres to it and created five new and three expanded national parks. In total, the new parklands are […]

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Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved construction of Walmart shopping center near Zoo Miami and Everglades National Park. Now in a move that is being celebrated by environmentalists, a Miami district court judge has issued an emergency injunction stopping the razing down of a stretch of endangered pine rocklands in the area. “Plaintiffs will suffer immediate […]

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Big names in the chocolate and cocoa industry like Barry Callebaut, Cargill, Godiva, Hershey, Mars, Mondelez International, Nestlé etc. have signed the “Frameworks for Action” announced by Ivory Coast and Ghana, world’s top two cocoa-producing countries. Under new frameworks, the two West African countries committed to end the massive deforestation for cocoa going on inside their borders. […]

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Climate change is warming our Earth like never before. Among the major factors that contribute to global warming is rapid deforestation of our rainforests. Now a new project led by Conservation International is attempting to reverse deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon by planting 73 million trees covering around 70,000 acres of land. If all goes according […]

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Despite their repeated claims to stop using ‘conflict palm oil’ sourced from Indonesian forests, the lawful habitat of endangered animals like orangutans, rhinos and clouded leopards, Nestlé, Hershey and Mars have been found guilty of using it for their Halloween confectionery. The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) says consumers have been “deceived” by promises from the […]

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