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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 01.21.2016 | 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 04.11.2016 | 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 12.17.2015 | 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.

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

Heartbreaking photos of a neglected baby orangutan kept as a pet in Indonesia don’t depict an isolated incident of animal mistreatment, but reflect ...

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 re...

Big, Fat TRANSgression

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2016 | 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.