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How Meditation Practice Can Impact Deforestation

Jane Brunette | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green
Jane Brunette

Meditation practice is not something we do for ourselves. It is meant to enter our lives as a collective by building a container of awareness that all...

Major Company Changes Palm Oil Policy After Protests

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green

The Procter & Gamble Co. has updated its policy on palm oil following high-profile protests by Greenpeace at its Cincinnati headquarters. ...

Going Up in Smoke: Why You Should Care About Indonesia's Fires

David Fogarty | Posted 03.17.2014 | Green
David Fogarty

While the fires in Indonesia might seem far away for many people, they are everyone's problem. Many of the blazes are on deep peat lands, producing huge plumes of smoke and large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are stoking climate change.

Got Science? Momentum Building for Deforestation-Free Palm Oil

Seth Shulman | Posted 03.11.2014 | Green
Seth Shulman

You need to know that palm oil, derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree, is a sought-after ingredient for thousands of products from snack foods to shampoo. Its versatility and low cost have made it the most widely used vegetable oil in the world. But, so far, palm oil's popularity has come at a terrible price.

Choosing Kit Kat Bars to Save the Sumatran Tigers

Robert Hii | Posted 02.25.2014 | Green
Robert Hii

I still get asked by people why I make such a big fuss over palm oil. It usually throws me off balance as I am surrounded by so many people who are "in the know."

7 Environment and Development Stories to Watch in 2014

Dr. Andrew Steer | Posted 03.24.2014 | Green
Dr. Andrew Steer

All years are important, but decisions made in 2014 will have a striking impact for decades to come. Here are seven potential game-changers.

Finding a Needle of Primary Jungle in Borneo's Haystack of Deforestation: Going Green on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.19.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Development and deforestation behind us, enveloped by the lushness of primary jungle, we're romping along a dirt track when we start waltzing gently to port. Within minutes it's graduated to a raucous grinding and we're rock 'n' rolling.

Saving Orangutans One Company at a Time

Robert Hii | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Robert Hii

Did all the producing members of this volume abide by the rules or is a part of it produced by members like Wilmar Group, which is being targeted by Greenpeace or Bumitama Group which was the subject of a comprehensive study by Rainforest Action Network?

WATCH: The Devastating Truth About The Snacks You're Eating

www.upworthy.com | Posted 12.16.2013 | Green

However, this particular conversation is way more important than it is cute....

Dirty Palm Oil, the Climate Change Beast in Our Midst

Robert Hii | Posted 12.08.2013 | Green
Robert Hii

The only instrument we need to fight climate change is in every person's hands. It's in the money we spend as consumers which is the only way corporations make their profits. It's in who we choose to direct our pension funds that will allow us comfortable retirements that will not be threatened by extreme weather.

Your Ode To Palm Trees On #alohahuffpost

Posted 09.28.2013 | Hawaii

We love learning about HuffPost Hawaii readers through #alohahuffpost. This week, we learned you love palm trees. Like, really love them. And what'...

How Starbucks Can Save Orangutans Today

Robert Hii | Posted 10.29.2013 | Green
Robert Hii

Palm oil is a tiny fraction of the ingredients that Starbucks uses. That makes the options for them really simple. They can choose to pay the premiums for untainted palm oil or they can drop its use totally

Rare Chimps & Possible New Fish Species Face Bulldozers in Cameroon

Kat Clark | Posted 10.23.2013 | Green
Kat Clark

If you think "biodiversity hotspot" sounds like a science class or a commercial for a vacation destination, imagine this instead: The chimps living on land that Herakles Farms hopes to "develop" have as many forest friends as The Jungle Book's Mowgli.

Greenwashed Palm Oil Marketing?

Robert Hii | Posted 10.08.2013 | Green
Robert Hii

What's in a word? According to consumer groups, when it comes to marketing products that use palm oil, everything. They issued a harsh statement this ...

Sustainable Deforestation? Kellogg's Is on the Hot Seat

Kevin Grandia | Posted 10.06.2013 | Green
Kevin Grandia

If Kellogg's wants to remain a popular and well-liked brand, it is going to have to stop spinning and either demand Wilmar change its ways posthaste, or cut ties with the palm oil-giant altogether.

Of Palm Oil and Extinction

Robert Hii | Posted 09.30.2013 | Green
Robert Hii

You know the old question if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does it make a noise? I'm not quite sure why that question came to mind when news came out of the extinction of Dipterocarpus coriaceus in West Malaysia.

U.S. Brands Failing the Sustainable Grade Just a Little Bit

Robert Hii | Posted 08.31.2013 | Green
Robert Hii

I read over the plea from the Marshall Islands asking citizens of the world, corporations and other governments to help stop global warming before their island nation goes underwater and wondered: Is it OK if we fail them just a little bit?

Q&A With Jason Clay: Dialogues on the Environment

Mark Tercek | Posted 08.21.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

Next in the series is my conversation with Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, Market Transformation for World Wildlife Fund.

Leave Something for Our Kids to Trash

Robert Hii | Posted 08.21.2013 | Green
Robert Hii

The air quality in Singapore reached hazardous levels this week, breaking all previous records for air pollution. Reports on social media had pigeons dropping dead like the proverbial canary in a coal mine. The cause is massive forest fires burning in Sumatra to clear forests for new palm oil plantations.

Palm Oil in American Stores Sending the Sumatran Rhino Into Extinction

Robert Hii | Posted 07.20.2013 | Green
Robert Hii

With less than 30 animals left in Borneo and an estimated 80 animals in Sumatra, the Sumatran rhino should be a constant reminder to all consumers of the devastating effect industrial palm oil plantations have on wildlife.

The Death of "Sustainability"

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 07.13.2013 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

WWF's statement surprised many long-time palm oil watchers, but the organization deserves enormous credit for sticking to its principles and making clear that companies cannot claim sustainability just by sticking an RSPO label on their product while continuing to destroy the Earth's forests.

Move Over, Polar Bears: Palm Oil Orangutans Want Their $5 of Fame

Bill Frezza | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

What do polar bears, orangutans, the Walt Disney Company, Cheetos, recycled fundraising schemes and corporate shakedowns have in common? It's just another day on the social activism front.

Indonesia's Protected Rainforests Disappearing

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 05.24.2013 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

The recent reports from Indonesia are sending a clarion wake-up call around the globe: Rapid illegal rainforest logging is escalating. School children...

Land Grabbing Looms: New Palm Oil Plantation Threatens Cameroon's Rainforest

Nasako Besingi | Posted 04.24.2013 | Green
Nasako Besingi

Our forests should not be sold off to the highest bidder. I want to see development for my country and its people -- but I want this to be fairly negotiated, and respectful of both Cameroonians and our forests.

Honduras: The War on Peasants

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Eric Holt Gimenez

Honduras is one more case in the epidemic of global land grabs sweeping the planet. Hundreds of thousands of peasants and indigenous people are being violently displaced. The result has been called "The War on Peasants."