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genetically modified poplar trees
Researchers switched off some genes in a poplar tree to make for easier wood fibre extraction, and potentially greater efficiency in the pulping industry. The practice, however, carries biodiversity risks, warns an Asian expert.
Benjamin Tay, People's Movement to Stop Haze
People's Movement to Stop Haze, a non-profit that advocates on the transboundary haze crisis in Southeast Asia, will be helmed by its president Low Ying Hui in the interim.
Log yard, OKI pulp mill, South Sumatra
Exclusive The planned expansion will have catastrophic consequences for forests, peatlands, and communities, warn NGOs. APP says the expansion will not breach its no-deforestation pledge, and is aligned with the new Omnibus Law to boost investment and jobs.
Haze air pollution from burning peatlands blankets the landscape in Riau
The Singapore-headquartered firm's plan to increase capacity in Riau could put the region at risk of deforestation, fire and social conflict, say NGOs. APRIL says its growth plan complies with its sustainability policy, and it has no intention of expanding its plantations.
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Forest-risk companies in Southeast Asia tend to rely almost entirely on debt financing. In view of this leverage, banks can be deemed directly accountable for deforestation and related offences committed by their borrowers.
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