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Indonesia Is on Fire. Here's How Goldman Sachs Responded

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 11.08.2015 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

The idea behind these sustainable finance policies is that they're supposed to drive positive change in the industries that are hungry for bank loans or underwriting services. But in Goldman Sachs' case, its policies actually lag those of their customers.

Presidents Obama and Widodo Meet as Indonesia Fires Continue to Burn

Dr. Nigel Sizer | Posted 10.26.2015 | Green
Dr. Nigel Sizer

Sadly, land fires in Indonesia do not occur naturally. They are largely the result of a history of destructive land management, poor law enforcement, and inadequate preparation.

Obama to Host President of World's Biggest Climate Backslider

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 10.26.2015 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

When Indonesian President Joko Widodo visits Washington this week, President Obama will be playing host to a world leader whose government is seemingly doing everything it can to launch itself as quickly as possible into the top ranks of climate polluters.

Did an Abused Monkey Pick Your Coconut?

Nathan J. Winograd | Posted 10.30.2015 | Green
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Nathan J. Winograd

In replacing palm oil with coconut oil, are animal lovers encouraging the use of one ethically problematic tropical oil for another? The answer, tragically, is yes, as much of the coconut industry is built on the backs of monkeys; pig-tailed macaques to be exact.

Baby Ape Rescued From Filthy Backyard Box A ‘Symptom’ Of Palm Oil Industry

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 10.28.2015 | World

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Borneo Is Still Burning After Two Months of Fires

Robert Hii | Posted 10.20.2015 | Green
Robert Hii

The spotty coverage by Western media has been disappointing considering that the forest fires in these few months could equal to the total annual carbon emissions of the UK.

Why Sustainable Palm Oil Is Possible

Mark Tercek | Posted 10.14.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Palm oil is everywhere -- it's in our food, cosmetics and even our soaps and detergents. But growing demand for this common ingredient is putting tropical rainforests -- and our global climate -- at risk.

What Will it Take to Move Us to Action?

Kathleen Siddell | Posted 09.30.2015 | Green
Kathleen Siddell

We live in a world where most people act after its too late. We look at the mental health of a teenager compelled to shoot kindergarteners after the tragedy. We vow to help a country struggling with disease after millions have died and the disease spreads closer to home.

The Time Is Now for ASEAN to Push Toward Environmental Crime Accountability

Rachael Willis | Posted 08.25.2015 | Green
Rachael Willis

What really happened in Tianjin is the result of a creeping environmental disaster unfolding across the globe, particularly in Southeast Asia, and it reflects the magnitude of the challenge that the leaders of the 10 ASEAN nations face.

Palm Oil Is In Everything -- And It's Destroying Southeast Asia's Forests

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.09.2015 | World

It was late evening. The skies were dark and dogs were howling. Into the BOS Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue Center on the island of Borneo rushed a r...

Big, Fat TRANSgression

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In other words, the best diet for our health depends, as it ever has, not on replacing trans fat with any one oil from any one nut up any one tree; but on seeing the forest.

Zero Deforestation Commitments the First Step Towards Certified Palm Oil

Robert Hii | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Robert Hii

We should cheer the journey that these companies are taking on but we should not lose sight of the destination, which is to see sustainably produced palm oil being used in products we buy.

New Approaches Needed to Save Orangutans in Indonesia

Robert Hii | Posted 06.03.2015 | Green
Robert Hii

It was disheartening to read the headlines from this news report that said Kansas City and elsewhere, zoos brace against the threat of species extinction. It's as if the orangutans are doomed to an existence merely in zoos located thousands of miles from their natural habitats.

Finding Hope for the Rainforests of Malaysia

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 05.25.2015 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

I joined the WCS Malaysia team on a trek recently through the rainforest of Endau-Rompin, a state park in the southern part of Johor on Peninsular Malaysia. To get to this remote rainforest, you drive many hours past acre after acre of oil palm, through a forest reserve, and then you are there.

A Glimmer of Hope From Borneo

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 05.15.2015 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

I am blessed to have had this opportunity to see this amazing animal -- so much like us humans -- and one that needs our help for survival. And I am very proud to be a part of WCS, which has worked to protect orangutans since the 1960s when Dr. George Schaller started researching this species.

McDonald's Pledges to Eliminate Deforestation From Its Entire Supply Chain

Elliott Negin | Posted 06.21.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

McDonald's just pledged to only buy food and raw materials from around the world that don't contribute to deforestation, a significant contributor to global warming. Given McDonald's reach, that's a potential game-changer.

Palm Oil: Issues of Climate Change and Human Rights Violations

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 06.06.2015 | Green
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Without understanding how the products we consume are derived and manufactured, we may not realize how our use of such products contributes to the destruction of the environment. One such product is palm oil.

KFC, Pizza Hut & Taco Bell Commit to Deforestation-Free Palm Oil. Who's Next?

Elliott Negin | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

KFC's parent company, Yum! Brands, which also owns Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, announced today that by the end of 2017 it will only buy palm oil cooking oil from suppliers that protect tropical forests and peatlands--swampy areas that store even more carbon. That's a big deal.

Seventh Generation Suspended by Certification Body

Robert Hii | Posted 05.23.2015 | Green
Robert Hii

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which is a globally recognized certification body for palm oil, has suspended a bunch of its members for non-compliance. I was surprised the RSPO acted this fast as the usual complaint is that it acts too slow.

Helmeted Hornbills on the Verge of Extinction

Robert Hii | Posted 05.05.2015 | Green
Robert Hii

Many of these are expected to come from Southeast Asian countries where the rush to achieve developed nation status has dealt a heavy hand to nature.

Greed and Resistance in Sarawak's Rainforest

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The greed and corruption of a small clique are now turning Sarawak's rainforests into a monoculture of oil palms and hydropower reservoirs. Lukas Straumann documents the local politics, international complicity and desperate resistance in the struggle over one of the world's last paradises.

Orangutan's Horrific Death Underscores Need for Brands to Use Certified Palm Oil

Robert Hii | Posted 02.14.2015 | Green
Robert Hii

The rapid expansion of palm oil plantations has been identified as a key threat to the survival of orangutans.

Biruté Mary Galdikas: 'If Orangutans Go Extinct, It Will Be Because of Palm Oil'

Tadzio Mac Gregor | Posted 02.07.2015 | Green
Tadzio Mac Gregor

This woman of Lithuanian heritage has grown to become one of the greatest scientists and primatologists of the 20th century. Biruté Mary Galdikas has spent more than 40 years living and studying the behaviour of orangutans inside the once pristine rainforest of Borneo, Indonesia.

Toward Business Unusual: How Companies, Governments, and NGOs Are Taking on Deforestation

Forest Trends | Posted 02.01.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

Illegal logging in Ecuador Imagine walking down the supermarket aisle and plucking tropical trees from the shelves. Next to the milk, you throw in ...

Memo to McDonald's: The Climate Deserves a Break Today

Elliott Negin | Posted 02.01.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

Besides the fact that McDonald's sells a lot of beef, which is by far the worst meat for the climate, it's one of the top 10 largest users of palm oil, the world's most popular vegetable oil -- and a major source of carbon emissions.