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Unanimous Decision To Adopt PR’s 20% Policy On Oil

Oil revenue rebels from BN, Governor Taib’s own party, were unanimous in ditching Taib’s dated and unfair policies on Sarawak’s oil royalty by adopting a 20% policy on oil. Read more below to find out just how old this unjust policy was and why some feel that Sarawak is still getting shortchanged with the new policy. Read more…

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Emissions From Rainforest Logging Average 16% of Those From Deforestation

A new study that evaluated six countries found that carbon emissions from selective logging operations in tropical rainforests are roughly a sixth of those from outright forest clearing. Read more to find out how scientists figured out this data and why this study is one of the most accurate estimates of emissions from tropical logging yet.…

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Manulife Financial Under Fire Over Loans to Malaysian Potentate’s Family

Canadian insurance giant arranged CAN$ 146 million in mortgages for a real estate group with links to Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud. – Extremely high annual interest rates alarm observers over money-laundering compliance. Read more below to find out just how much the Taib family borrowed. Read more on Bruno Manser Fonds. Read more about Taib’s…

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Despite Campaign, Girl Scout Cookies Still Aren’t Deforestation Free, Say Scout Activists

Girl Scout cookies still aren’t necessarily free of rainforest destruction and social conflict despite a high-profile campaign that caused the company to adopt a comprehensive zero deforestation policy. Read more below to find why many environmental groups are saying that the RSPO “Green Palm Certificate” is not enough. Read more on Mongabay. Read more about palm…

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Palm Oil, Political Interests, and Land Use in Indonesian Borneo

Palm oil has long been a source of conflict in areas with tropical rainforests. This is especially true in Indonesia where thousands of acres of vital rainforests and other habitats have been degraded and destroyed. Read more below to find out why Indonesia’s land has been managed so poorly. Read more on Mongabay. Read more…

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U.S State Department Human Rights Report 2013: Malaysia’s Indigenous Peoples

The rights of indigenous people of Malaysia have been consistantly neglected and even suppressed by the Malaysian government. Read more below about different abuses to indigenous rights in an excerpt of the U.S State Department Human Rights Report on Malaysia’s indigenous peoples by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour.  Read more on Sarawak Report. …

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Malaysia at Risk of Falling Behind in Push for More Sustainable Palm Oil

The Malaysian Palm Oil NGO Coalition (MPONGOC) has urged Malaysian banks, palm oil associations, and other government-backed institutions to commit to standards in the palm oil industry or risk falling behind a broader movement  that exclude deforestation and social conflict from their supply chains. Read more below to find out who the MPONGOC thinks could play a…

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Scientists Present Alternative to Sarawak’s Mega-Dams

A new study by the University of Berkeley shows how Sarawak’s future lies with small-scale, local energy solutions rather than with risky and expensive large-scale hydropower. The scientists are presenting their findings at the ASEAN Renewable Energy Week in Kuala Lumpur. Read more about their findings below.  Read more on Bruno Manser Fonds. Read more…

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Forests in Indonesia’s Concession Areas Being Rapidly Destroyed

Timber, logging, palm oil, and mining industry areas have accounted for nearly 45 percent of deforestation in Indonesia between 2000 and 2010, finds a new study. Read more below to find out just how much forest has been lost and which industry is the worst offender. Read more at Mongabay. Read more about Indonesia’s forest…

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APRIL Continued Destroying High Conservation Rainforest Up Until January Pledge

An investigation revealed that Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) continued to source fiber produced by destruction of high conservation value forests in Sumatra all the way until it committed to a new forest conservation policy. Read more below to find out how environmentalists feel about APRIL’s pledge, especially compared to its rival. Read more on Mongabay. Read…

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