Papua's forests face an unparalleled assault
More than a quarter million hectares of forest are being clear-cut in Papua for the largest oil palm plantation in the world.
Chinese government recommends bear bile as coronavirus treatment
China’s government recommends injections of a traditional Chinese “medicine” containing bear bile as a treatment for COVID-19.
Chinese hydropower: extinction for the Tapanuli orangutan?
Indonesia’s Tapanuli orangutan was only “discovered” two years ago, but a Chinese hydroelectric dam project could drive the apes to extinction.
“Days of Fire” ravage Amazonia
Fires are ravaging the Amazon rainforest as never before. President Bolsonaro has been emboldening Brazil’s corporate arsonists.
Malaysian federal government will look into land reclamation controversy
We have succeeded in raising the issue of land reclamation and sand mining to the Malaysian national level, thus improving our chances of lobbying for a desirable outcome.
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Indonesian police protects oil palms with guns drawn
Indonesian police is “protecting” oil palms with weapons drawn, taking brutal action against locals who want to preserve Batu Gadur forest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.