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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 04.22.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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 04.06.2015 | 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.

Clearing the Table, Not the Rainforest, This Thanksgiving

Mindy S. Lubber | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
Mindy S. Lubber

Investing in companies that practice sustainability in their supply chains helps to ensure that the retirement funds of those who have served the state and cities of New York are being invested in companies that take the long view.

Sustainable Palm Oil: The New Norm?

Robert Hii | Posted 01.25.2015 | Green
Robert Hii

Certification is definitely what we need as consumers. The presence of credible logos on packaging will make it that much easier to make a conscientious choice when shopping.

Efforts to End Deforestation Brings Together Strange Bedfellows

Richard Schiffman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Green
Richard Schiffman

Palm oil is now used in nearly half of all foods on supermarket shelves, added to everything from breakfast cereals to margarine to potato chips. It is also an ingredient in shampoo, soaps, cosmetics, toothpaste, and laundry detergents, and is used as a feedstock for biofuels.

It's Been a Spook-tacular Year for Rainforests

Kevin Grandia | Posted 12.30.2014 | Green
Kevin Grandia

Last Halloween, if you wanted to hand out tiger-friendly treats, you had precious few options. Fast forward twelve months, and it's a heck of a lot easier to find a treat that isn't tricking the Sumatran tigers and orangutans out of their homes.

Trick Or Treat? The Frightening Climate Costs Of Halloween Candy

Diana Donlon | Posted 12.24.2014 | Green
Diana Donlon

This is fun for kids, great for dentists, and downright fantastic for the Mars family. But before you head over to the store to buy this year's bowl of treats, you need to be made aware of a really scary, but not widely recognized, fact.

Climate Change = Systems Change

Steven Crandell | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business
Steven Crandell

In the years to come, the growing clean energy sector will require massive further investment. Changes in consumption patterns will lead to significant product and service innovation.

Forests Need Laws, Not Loopholes

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

We need strong laws to protect forests and people. We also need better enforcement of existing laws. While we are celebrating new announcements on paper this week, forests and forest peoples are facing imminent threats that must be averted if we want to live up to the New York Declaration.

5 Cool Things To Do Before The People's Climate March

Diana Donlon | Posted 11.18.2014 | Green
Diana Donlon

The People's Climate March on September 21st will be a turning point for the climate movement. But, if we're not careful, it could also mean a lot of waste, and that means more greenhouse gases.

Pepsico's 'Live For Now' Campaign Sending the Wrong Message

Robert Hii | Posted 10.29.2014 | Green
Robert Hii

The marketing types probably did not figure on the catchy phrase "Live for Now" as a likely target for environmental groups to latch on to, but latch on they did.

Alexander C. Kaufman

Burger King Deal With Tim Hortons May Be Disastrous For Rainforests

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business

Burger King’s plan to merge with doughnut chain Tim Hortons in Canada may be a bad sign for Southeast Asia’s rainforests. Both companies have c...

A Lifetime of Saving Orangutans

Lindblad Expeditions | Posted 10.27.2014 | Travel
Lindblad Expeditions

I met Dr. Biruté Galdikas on a hot afternoon this past August when our rather ancient Trigana Air 737 landed in Pangklanbun, Borneo. We were 14 friends and family. It had been quite a trek to get here and, by the look of the airport terminal, we were most definitely not in Kansas anymore.

Animal Welfare and Palm Oil in Products We Buy

Robert Hii | Posted 10.05.2014 | Green
Robert Hii

While it is great to see all these multinational palm oil producers making the pledge to protect forests for the sake of wild animals, how would one know at the retail level which products use palm oil from these producers?

Universities Make 'Cli-fi' Dreams Come True

J. L. Morin | Posted 09.07.2014 | Education
J. L. Morin

Universities are getting tough on environmental protection as they tackle challenges, through architecture, literature, hard science, and finance, bringing the new genre of climate-change fiction to life.