- Published: 06 December 2016
- Published: 05 December 2016
Global companies that produce and use commodities such as palm oil and soy are moving too slowly to cut deforestation, suggesting international goals to protect forests will not be met, groups that monitor business efforts said on Monday. Agricultural products - including beef and paper - account for over two thirds of tropical deforestation worldwide, said the Global Canopy Programme. Its third annual assessment - tracking the policies of 500 companies, governments and financial institutions that have the most influence on tropical forests - suggests that ambitious 2020 and 2030 goals to protect those forests are unlikely to be achieved.
- Published: 01 December 2016
Kit-Kat chocolate bars, Pantene shampoo, Dove cosmetics and Colgate toothpaste: around half of the products in our supermarkets contain palm oil and palm-based ingredients. Palm oil is much sought after because it is cheap and versatile. Oils from palm fruit are processed into edible oils used for cooking and processed food such as chocolate, biscuits or cereal. It can also be made into ingredients such as glycerine used in laundry detergent and cosmetics like toothpaste, soap, shower cream and shampoo. Amnesty International spoke to 120 workers, including children, who work on palm plantations in Kalimantan and Sumatra in Indonesia and heard about the human rights abuses behind the ingredients many household brands.
- Published: 30 November 2016
Roads and railways are seen as the the way of progress. But they can also bring extinctions. According to the WWF, for example, in Asia the tiger is not only threatened by poachers, but also by massive infrastructure plans throughout the tiger landscapes that are putting at risk the recent gains in tiger conservation.
- Published: 12 November 2016
A Brazilian Indian leader at the forefront of his people’s struggle to reclaim their ancestral land has been assassinated. João Natalício Xukuru-Kariri was reportedly stabbed to death last month, outside his home. Seu João, as he was known, was heavily involved in the Xukuru-Kariri tribe’s campaign to live on their ancestral land, a right enshrined in Brazilian and international law.