Deforestation – GBRI
 

In the last two decades, consumption of palm oil has increased drastically. This easy-to-grow and cheap vegetable oil can be found in a wide variety of products – right from chocolate bars to jet fuel. In fact, it is estimated that 50% of all packaged goods sold in western supermarkets contain palm oil. However, this […]

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Much to the chagrin of environmentalists, Brazil’s new President Jair Bolsonaro has done exactly what was expected of him. Mere a few hours after taking office, Bolsonaro transferred the responsibility for regulating and creating new indigenous reserves to the agriculture ministry – which has close ties to the powerful agribusiness lobby. The move sparked outcry from indigenous leaders, […]

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In a move that is being celebrated by environmentalists across the globe, Norway just became world’s first country to ban the imports of deforestation-related palm oil. It should be noted that palm oil industry in countries like Malaysia and Indonesia is responsible for large-scale deforestation leading to climate change and habitat destruction of several endangered […]

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According to Brazil government sources, 7900 square kilometres of the Amazon was cleared between August 2017 and July 2018, making it the worst annual deforestation rate in a decade. Already environmentalists fear that Brazil’s new President’s policies could prove to be catastrophic for the Amazon and global climate as he announced his intention of opening […]

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It is a known fact that palm oil industry is linked to massive deforestation, especially in Indonesia and Malaysia, causing climate change, habitat destruction and pushing many species to extinction. Now France has decided to tackle this issue by limiting the import of palm oil. The new plan, a joint effort from five French ministries, […]

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According to a leading conservation group, the ring-tailed lemurs, found only in Madagascar, are fighting for survival as 95% of the primates are on the brink of being wiped off the face of this planet. They are currently the most endangered primates on Earth. Increasing level of hunting, rainforest destruction, unregulated agriculture, logging and mining are said […]

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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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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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