Rainforest Rescue and Intag e.V. activists protesting at the Chilean embassy in Berlin. Carlos Zorilla of DECOIN, an Ecuadorian NGO, is holding the binders with the documents and signatures.

Sep 17, 2014

100,000 stand up for Ecuador’s Intag forests

A Chilean state-owned mining company is planning a massive copper mine in Ecuador’s Intag region. German and Ecuadorean activists protested at the Chilean embassy in Berlin.

Protesters in animal suits demonstrate for Areng Valley

Sep 2, 2014

Cambodia: police can't keep activists down

Forty young environmentalists armed with bicycles, animal costumes and leaflets set out to raise awareness of the planned destruction of Areng Valley, but security forces stopped them from cycling through Phnom Penh. They still garnered considerable attention.

Nordin from Save Our Borneo in front of logs which have been illegally logged for palm oil plantations

Aug 15, 2014

Indonesia: Supreme Court rules against Big Palm Oil

The Indonesian Supreme Court has ruled that Bumitama Agri Ltd, a major palm oil company, acted illegally in clearing land on Borneo for plantations. Our partner organization Save our Borneo fought a long, hard battle for this verdict.

A man dwarfed by the roots of a giant tree

Jun 24, 2014

Tasmania's World Heritage forests are safe

In an unprecedented move, the Australian government sought to have UNESCO World Heritage protection removed from 74,000 hectares of pristine Tasmanian forest. Following a worldwide storm of protest, the UNESCO put a stop to the plan.

A gorilla with the caption, "Thanks, humans"

Jun 11, 2014

Victory for the mountain gorillas

Things are looking up for the mountain gorillas: British oil company SOCO International plc announced today that it is abandoning its plans to explore for oil in Virunga National Park. The company is also calling off its oil exploration in Lake Edward.

Freshly cleared rainforest. The Deutsche Bank logo is superimposed on the picture.

May 26, 2014

Deutsche Bank divests from Bumitama

Deutsche Bank has told Friends of the Earth Europe and Rainforest Rescue that it sold its shares in the Indonesian palm oil supplier Bumitama following months of campaigning by the two groups. Despite numerous promises to clean up its act, Bumitama continues to produce illegal palm oil.

Riot police and Intag residents in the street

May 16, 2014

“We are campesinos, not terrorists”

Ecuador: Intag under siege – another infamy, and the government and state mining authority lose more credibility

The corpse of a man lies on the floor. His head is not visible. Handcuffs are attached to one wrist and his feet are bound.

May 3, 2014

A tangle of conflicts: the dirty business of palm oil

Der Spiegel, Germany’s leading weekly news magazine, reported the story behind our Murder and Mayhem for EU Biofuels campaign on its international website. Read the article in English here.

A sea turtle with a scrap of plastic hanging from its beak

Apr 25, 2014

No to plastic bags – Africa leads the way

This just in from our correspondent Heidi Rubli in Cameroon: “Non-biodegradable plastic bags have been banned as of April 25, 2014. The government is calling on us to use baskets for our shopping.” This will also be a boon for families that rely on basket weaving for their livelihoods.

Apr 13, 2014

Activists criticize IPCC support for "false solutions"

Today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its "Summary for Policy Makers”. Climate, energy and social justice groups commend the IPCC for clearly acknowledging the link between economic growth and increased greenhouse gas emissions but warn that the report falls far short on translating this insight into pathways to mitigation.

Environmentalists with their protest banners in front of the city hall of Marghera, Italy

Apr 2, 2014

Protest against palm oil in Italy

“Stop palm oil”, “Palm oil destroys rainforests” and “Palm oil is neither organic nor sustainable” were just some of the slogans of the protest organized by Earth Riot, Zero Energy Veneto, Antispecisti Pretesi and Rainforest Rescue (Salviamo la Foresta) in front of the town hall of Marghera, near Venice. It was the first-ever demonstration against palm oil and biodiesel in Italy.

Apr 1, 2014

Biofuelwatch: take action in April

This April, Biofuelwatch is organizing events in London to shine the spotlight on the destructive big biomass industry. They invite you to join them on Wednesday, the 9th of April, 7pm @ Gibson Hall, 13 Bishopsgate, EC2N 3BA.

Biomass power station on the waterfront

Mar 27, 2014

Forth Energy drops all biomass plans in Scotland

Forth Energy have confirmed that they are dropping plans to build their consented 100MWe biomass power stations in Grangemouth and Rosyth, as well as withdrawing plans for a similar plant in Dundee. Campaigners and community members have expressed their joy at hearing the announcement.

Activist Gianna del Fabbro hands over the petition against palm-oil biodiesel to Italian Ministry of the Environment staffer Francesca Santolini

Mar 10, 2014

Agip-Eni biodiesel: anything but green

On February 11, Rainforest Rescue submitted a petition protesting palm-oil biodiesel to the Italian government. 86,524 people from all over the world had endorsed our campaign.

Ikea is making old-growth forest a home

Feb 18, 2014

Ikea halts deforestation in Karelia

Ikea's wholly-owned subsidiary Swedwood reports that it has ceased its logging operations in the last remaining old-growth forests of the northern Russian region of Karelia. Swedwood had been clear-cutting century-old trees in the boreal forests with heavy machinery for many years.

Aerial photograph of a burning rainforest

Jan 13, 2014

Indonesia: heavy fine for palm oil company for slash-and-burn

A court in the Aceh province in northern Sumatra sent a strong signal against the slashing and burning of rainforests: the palm oil company PT Kallista Alam has been sentenced to pay a fine of approximately 9 million US dollars as well as 21 million US dollars for reforestation of Tripa's destroyed swamp forest.