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Palm Oil Workers Investigated For Killing, Eating Endangered Orangutan

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 02.16.2017 | World

Indonesian police are investigating claims that palm oil plantation workers on the island of Borneo killed, butchered and ate a critically endangered ...

A gorilla shot and killed before my eyes: a primatologist's plea to save great apes

The Conversation Global | Posted 02.03.2017 | Green
The Conversation Global

A bonobo mother and her child. Pixabay Shelly Masi, Muséum national d'histoire naturelle (MNHN) - Sorbonne Universités A recent study on primate ...

Even as more new species are found, Southeast Asia is in the grip of a biodiversity crisis

The Conversation Global | Posted 01.05.2017 | Green
The Conversation Global

Roni Bintang/Reuters Alice Catherine Hughes, Chinese Academy of Sciences Rich in wildlife, Southeast Asia includes at least six of the world's 25 "b...

Five reasons why companies can't afford to keep driving deforestation

Katie McCoy | Posted 12.15.2016 | Green
Katie McCoy

For any company active in the global trade in timber products, soy, palm oil, or cattle products, deforestation is a critical business issue - whether...

Researchers identify a way to stop cancer from spreading

ResearchGate | Posted 12.12.2016 | Science

Salvador Aznar Benitah and first author Gloria Pascual. Courtesy of IRB Barcelona.Metastasis, the spreading of cancer cells to other parts of the body...

Your Halloween Candy Could Be Killing Orangutans

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.18.2016 | Green

Halloween is fast approaching and you know what that means: candy, candy, candy — and some chocolate bars, too. But you might want to think twice be...

Green is the New Orange this Halloween! Cincinnati Zoo helps consumers choose eeek-o-friendly sweets.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden | Posted 10.11.2016 | Green
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Buying certain kinds of candy for the army of sweet-seeking ghouls and boys that might show up at your house this Halloween could save an orangutan's ...

Staggering Human Toll Of Southeast Asia’s Annual Haze

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.21.2016 | World

SINGAPORE —The Pollutant Standards Index hit almost 2,000 in Palangkaraya last September, as thick, choking smoke shrouded the capital of Central Ka...

Orphaned Orangutan's Story Shows Why We Need Responsible Palm Oil Policies

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 08.30.2016 | Good News

Orphaned orangutan gets a second chance after his home was destroyed by palm oil from Oceanic Preservation Society on Vimeo. An orphaned Indones...

The Human Cost Of Conflict Palm Oil

Lindsey Allen | Posted 08.08.2016 | Green
Lindsey Allen

Human trafficking, child labor, inadequate safety equipment resulting in routine exposure to toxic chemicals, union busting, and other labor abuses are sadly all too common on palm oil plantations, helping to keep the cost of this oil artificially low on the global market.

Schoolkids Write Book About Orphaned Orangutan

Laurel Neme | Posted 07.28.2016 | Green
Laurel Neme

Writing in "first person orangutan" isn't easy. Just ask 10-year-old Caroline Mulcahy, a fifth grader at P.S. 107 John W. Kimball Learning Center in Brooklyn, New York. She and her classmates spent months during lunch and recess writing and illustrating a book, One Special Orangutan: The Story of Budi, about the plight of orangutans in Borneo.

The Unappetizing, Hidden Ingredient In Your Candy Bar

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.12.2016 | Green

What’s in that candy bar you’re munching on or the shampoo lathered in your hair? Along with the sugar and the chemicals, there may be a hidden in...

The Hidden Consequences of Food Waste

Annie Leonard | Posted 07.13.2016 | Green
Annie Leonard

Solving our waste problem requires we look at the whole system, not just our own contribution to it. Sometimes that feels big and daunting, but it also offers many more opportunities to bring about positive changes.

'Green News Report' - June 14, 2016

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.14.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... Welcome aboard to the GNR's newest affiliate partner, The Thom Hartmann Program! IN TODAY'S RADIO...

Palm Oil Linked To Child Labor -- Again

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 06.09.2016 | Green

Palm oil: useful and ubiquitous, it also happens to be one of the most destructive ingredients on the planet. The industry has been linked to mass ani...

Forest Guardians and Discount Clinics: Rethinking How to Save the Environment in Kalimantan

A.Tianna Scozzaro | Posted 06.06.2016 | Green
A.Tianna Scozzaro

In the southwestern part of Indonesian Borneo, known as Kalimantan, there's a small town on the outskirts of an incredibly diverse forest where the co...

Borneo Orangutans: Discover the Rainforests

Pat Waak | Posted 05.26.2016 | Travel
Pat Waak

Once you have met the orangutans, you will see that they are the gentle ones of the ape species. If you have seen the IMAX film "Born to be Wild," you will understand the need to make sure they have a space to live and thrive.

Daniel Pascual: Leader in the Guatemala Indigenous Rights Movement

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 05.13.2016 | Latino Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Daniel Pascual is a 42-year-old indigenous rights defender from Guatemala's K'iche' community. An activist from an early age, Daniel is the current coordinator of the Comite de Unidad Campesina (CUC), an ActionAid partner organization.

Extinguishing Forest Fires, Igniting Action

Katie McCoy | Posted 04.11.2016 | Green
Katie McCoy

Despite being so lucrative to countries such as Indonesia, the current approach to palm oil production is also heavily contributing to widespread, rapid deforestation and land-use change.

RSPO: Completely Worthless, or Just Mostly Worthless? (UPDATED)

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 03.31.2016 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, an industry-dominated body that aims to drive environmental and social responsibility, is facing a key test of its viability in the next day.

Deforestation, Disease and Biodiversity in Cameroon

Ravinder Sehgal | Posted 03.01.2016 | Green
Ravinder Sehgal

Every evening at dusk, the fireflies come out and display their green flashing light show. At night the turacos and occasional tree hyrax call with th...

Your Packaged Cookies Are Destroying Rainforests. But You Can Change That.

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 01.26.2016 | Business

Growing concern over the world's disappearing natural habitats isn't a distant problem, and there are easy ways consumers can take a stand. A new vide...

The No Deforestation Revolution: Two Years In

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 01.21.2017 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

Two years on, we've seen the beginnings of what could be that revolution: The commitments made in the Wilmar policy have become the new benchmark for responsible commodity agriculture, and have been adopted by major companies.

Does the World Need More Corporate Forest Commitments?

Katie McCoy | Posted 12.17.2016 | Business
Katie McCoy

In the run up to the historic climate talks just concluded in Paris, we saw an increasing number of companies announcing ambitious and unprecedented commitments to protect the environment. While this is welcome, we all know that what matters most is not making promises, but keeping them.

Starbucks' Deforestation-Free Pledge Not Worth Beans

Elliott Negin | Posted 12.16.2016 | Green
Elliott Negin

Starbucks has a bigger problem than the controversy over its new red holiday cup. It's still buying palm oil and other agricultural products that might be linked to tropical forest destruction, and a coalition of science, environmental and labor organizations isn't happy about it.