Penan and Berawan people resisting logging in Mulu forest, Sarawak, Malaysia

May 7, 2019

Malaysia: slashing Sarawak’s forests for palm oil

Cutting down timber worth $10 million without a permit? It's not an unusual occurrence in the Malaysian state of Sarawak.

Orangutan in tree

May 6, 2019

UN: extinction crisis endangers us all

The current mass extinction threatens the future of humanity. Unless we take drastic action, one million species could soon vanish.

Protesting against oil palm plantations in Borneo

May 2, 2019

Palm oil and timber industry driving increased rainforest destruction

The destruction of tropical forests remained at alarming levels in 2018. The development was particularly dramatic in previously untouched rainforests.

Bulldozers at the site of the "superhighway"

Apr 16, 2019

Nigeria: paying for a forest “superhighway” for the next 180 years?

€740,000 a month – for the next 180 years? That’s the princely compensation for the company slated to build Nigeria’s “superhighway” to nowhere.

Two pygmy elephants in Sabah

Apr 15, 2019

Sabah chief minister renounces deforestation for highways

The chief minister of the Malaysian state of Sabah has called for the preservation of forests by expanding existing roads for the Pan Borneo Highway.

EU palm oil biofuel

Mar 18, 2019

Baby steps toward banning palm oil biofuel in the EU

The EU is the world’s second largest importer of palm oil – and more than half of the tropical oil is added to diesel fuel.

Deforestation

Feb 5, 2019

Finally, a cocoa plan – time to act!

We’re a big step closer to chocolate without a guilty conscience – Germany finally wants to act against child labor and deforestation in the cocoa industry.

Chimpanzee rescue center near Monrovia, Liberia

Jan 27, 2019

A sanctuary for orphaned chimpanzees

Orphaned and formerly captive chimpanzees deserve a good life. In Liberia, a small private organization is dedicated to caring for more than 40 such primates.

Protest against HeidelbergCement on December 8, 2017

Jan 9, 2019

Human rights award for anti-cement activists

The 2018 Yap Thiam Hien Human Rights Award honors Indonesian activists who are fighting to save their homeland from the cement, sand and palm oil industries.

Sumatran forest elephant

Nov 29, 2018

Sumatra’s elephant forest is safe!

Our partners on Sumatra scored a resounding success: 2,000 acres of forest in Sepintun now officially belong to the local indigenous people – and the elephants.

Aerial photo of a village in Sierra Leone

Nov 16, 2018

Sierra Leone rejects Chinese-funded “One Belt, One Road” airport

Sierra Leone, a tiny country in West Africa, is standing up to pressure from China to build a new international airport that it doesn’t need.

Two women with their children in front of thatched houses

Nov 15, 2018

We beat the plantation companies!

Our partners in the Philippines scored two successes: the government put a moratorium on the spread of oil palm plantations and shut down two coconut palm companies.

Activists hand over 180,000 signatures protesting logging on Vancouver Island

Nov 9, 2018

Vancouver Island: speaking out for “ancient trees, not big stumps”

Rainforest Rescue and Sierra Club BC delivered a petition to protect the ancient rainforests of British Columbia, Canada, to the province’s premier, John Horgan.

Uniper biomass power plant

Oct 25, 2018

120 environmental NGOs call for an end to biomass

120 environmental NGOs from all over the world are calling for forests to be protected, not burned. Logging for energy generation is the opposite of climate protection.

Giraffes in South Africa

Sep 30, 2018

Trophy hunters push giraffes toward extinction

A flourishing, unregulated market for giraffe skins and bones in the United States is decimating this iconic species of the African savanna.

Dead sharks in a fish auction hall

Sep 29, 2018

“Sustainable” fishing? The dark side of the MSC label

As an ethical consumer, how do you choose seafood that was sustainably produced? Who is behind the MSC label, and is it truly independent?

Protest against biomass power station

Sep 6, 2018

Environmentalists applaud progress against biomass

Environmentalists are applauding a government decision ruling out subsidies for new UK biomass power stations fueled by imported wood pellets.

Indigenous Mundurukú people protesting the planned construction of a dam on the Tapajos river in Brazil

Sep 5, 2018

Fighting the good fight – with your support

Does our work make a difference? Yes, together with our hard-working partners and the international pressure generated by your signatures, we’re scoring real successes.

Two orcas

Sep 3, 2018

Orcas can breathe easier: court stops tar sand oil pipeline

A Canadian court has stopped the expansion of an oil pipeline because the impact of the project on whales was neglected – a great success for Canada’s First Nations.

Montage: Airbus A380 over an oil palm plantation

Aug 22, 2018

Indonesia pressures the EU: Airbus must use palm oil jet fuel

Indonesia is pushing for its companies to be allowed to build palm oil jet fuel plants in the United States and France as a condition for buying Boeing and Airbus airliners.

Tapanuli orangutan

Jul 30, 2018

China's “Belt & Road Initiative” – and what it means for the planet

The "Belt & Road Initiative" infrastructure mega-project: what China's geopolitical and business ambitions mean for biodiversity and the climate.

Tapanuli orangutan

Jul 11, 2018

ALERT urges Indonesian president: save the world's rarest ape

25 world-leading scientists from ALERT urged Indonesian President Joko Widodo to halt a hydropower project that would imperil the rarest great ape in the world.

Seized ivory

Jun 30, 2018

Wildlife crime: global seizures and arrests in transcontinental operation

An operation coordinated by INTERPOL against the illegal trade in wildlife has seen hundreds of seizures worldwide as well as suspects arrested.

Trucks delivering timber to a pellet factory

Jun 2, 2018

Study on EU biofuel use: burning wood harms the climate

The EU wants to boost the use of biomass energy. However, a new study warns that instead of protecting the climate, it will result in even more greenhouse gas emissions.

Biofuelwatch #Time to Twig

Apr 14, 2018

Join protests against forest destruction for bioenergy in London and York

Please help to protect forests, biodiversity and the climate, and join our protests against the biomass industry in London,18th April, 5pm ..

Black howler monkey (Alouatta carayá)  with text "Success!"

Feb 20, 2018

Brazil: monkeys can breathe easier

Thanks to an international outcry, Netflix is no longer spreading false information about yellow fever and howler monkeys that prompted the wholesale killing of monkeys.

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