Swaths of Indonesia's rainforest—the world's third largest—have been cleared for extractive industries, primarily oil palm and pulpwood plantations, logging concessions and coal mines, but this is expected to come to a full stop soon.
China imports more than 60 per cent of the world’s soy, giving the country a major role in halting deforestation and slowing climate change if companies and banks focus on stopping deforestation to grow the crop.
The Harapan forest’s indigenous group in Sumatra, Indonesia says the creation of a road will increase access into the forest, exacerbating long-simmering tensions with migrant communities they accuse of trying to grab the land.
As the government calls on palm oil companies to withhold plantation data, citing national security, privacy and competition reasons, activists fear this will further damage the reputation of its already controversial palm oil industry.
Ekaterina Bessonova –
The slippery question of whether to ban the controversial commodity, or work with the producers. Here's why the latter makes more sense, writes Ekaterina Bessonova of the Stockholm Environment Institute.
Zafirah Zein –
Decades after the end of colonialism, Western domination in the areas of sustainable development and environmental protection threaten to undermine our efforts towards a more equal, sustainable future.
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.
The proclaimed aim of the EU's palm oil ban is to halt deforestation, but by refusing to honour producers that have switched to sustainable agricultural practices, the EU risks doing more harm than good, argues Prof Gernot Klepper.
Zafirah Zein –
Narrated by renowned environmentalist David Attenborough, Netflix's latest documentary series is a stunning insight into the world of animals and an urgent plea to protect their fast disappearing habitats.
Robin Hicks –
The ad, which was made by Greenpeace and rebadged by Iceland, was blocked from airing on television by the UK's ad watchdog because it broke rules on political advertising. Iceland says it is not anti-palm oil, 'we are anti-deforestation.'