Both palm oil producers and environmental activists expressed dismay over the European Union's move, saying the policy is discriminatory and will still allow palm oil used as biofuels to continue to be treated as a renewable fuel.
From heart disease to raised levels of bad cholesterol, a new study finds that haze is not the only public health impact of palm oil, and that the industry's strategies to hide these resembles that of tobacco and alcohol industries.
Peter Howley –
Amid ample evidence of the direct link between air quality and overall mental health and happiness, focusing on just objective indicators understates the true welfare cost of poor air, writes University of Leeds' Peter Howley.
Bernard Tan –
The reasons for forest fires are numerous and complex. With hotter and drier temperatures becoming the new normal in parts of the world, the solution is to work with companies, not against them, writes Sinar Mas’ Bernard Tan.
Assaad Razzouk –
They're designed to fund projects that have a positive environmental impact. But green bonds are being used as a mask for environmental destruction. We should fix this while we still have time, says Assaad Razzouk.
Must peatland be drained for palm oil or acacia plantations out of economic necessity? Oscar M Lopez for Climate Change Climate Envoy Chris Cheng shares how wetland agriculture, or paludiculture, is a far more sustainable and lucrative alternative.
Robin Hicks –
Indonesia has made significant progress in fighting the fires caused by slash-and-burn forestry that choke Southeast Asia annually with toxic air pollution. Eco-Business spoke to the chair of Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) about what it will take to put the fires out permanently.
In a bid to prevent another haze crisis, Indonesian agribusiness firms have developed innovative ways to work with communities to stop burning land. Here's how the fire free village programme is tackling the issue, one village at a time.
Large-scale, human-induced landscape fires in Indonesia have been making headlines since the early 1980s. The impact of these fires is noticeable at the domestic, regional and global spheres in the ...