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New Forest Map for Sarawak Reveals Large-Scale Deforestation, Encroachment on Indigenous Territories

The Bruno Manser Fund recently released a platform that allows us to see the large-scale destruction of Sarawak’s rainforests, peatlands, and traditional lands for use in palm oil plantations, timber concessions, and other environmentally damaging industries. Read more below to find out how they created this platform and how it works. Read more on Mongabay. Read…

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Despite Falling Palm Oil Price, Premium for ‘Sustainable’ Product Rises

Rising demand for sustainably produced palm oil has caused Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standard certificate premiums to rise. Read more below to find out how much the price has been marked up and what this means for “sustainably” grown palm oil. Read more at Mongabay. Read more about palm oil, then join the discussion…

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REDD+ Could Fail Without Near-term Financial Support

A new report published by several environmental groups argues that unless governments and multilateral institutions significantly scale up financial commitments to REDD+, it may fail. Read more below to find out how much more institutions have to increase their financial contributions by and what the program hopes to achieve. Read more at Mongabay. Read more about…

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In Girl Scouts vs. Kellogg’s Over Palm Oil, Rainforests and Orangutans Win

After finding out about the damaging effects of palm oil practices, two amazing Girl Scouts successfully campaigned to have Kellogg and their suppliers only use deforestation-free palm oil. Read more below to find out how these girls did it and how Kellogg plans on fulfilling their promise. Read more at Mongabay. Read more about palm…

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Malaysia’s Sarawak: Last of the Rajahs

A powerful chief minister bows out—or does he? Abdul Taib Mahmud, who has lorded over the Malaysian state on Borneo for over 30 years, recently announced his retirement at the end of this month. Read more below to find out just how much Taib has influenced the development of Sarawak and Sabah and what is…

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Indonesia Rejects, Delays 1.3m ha of Concessions Due to Moratorium

The Indonesian government has rejected nearly 932,000 hectares of oil palm, timber, and logging concessions due to its moratorium on new permits across millions of hectares of peatlands and rainforests and permits for an additional 409,000 hectares are held up pending review. Read more below to find out which provinces are affected and how. Read more…

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Unraveling the Secrets of One of the World’s Most Mysterious Big Cats

Very little is currently known about the endangered Sunda clouded leopard since its distinction from the Borneo clouded leopard in 2006. However, two recent studies aimed to learn as much as they could about this particular cat. Read below to find out more about this mysterious but beautiful animal.  Read more at Mongabay. Read more…

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Peatland Plantations Drive Steep GHG Gas Emissions in Indonesia’s Riau Province

Palm oil companies are turning towards peatlands to plant their crops. The exploitation of this land is significantly easier because peatlands have very little protections by the government. Read more below to find out the effect destroying these lands is having on Borneo. Read more on Mongabay. Read more about the effects of palm oil,…

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Reduced Impact Logging Failing to Cut Emissions in Indonesia

A new study finds that reduced logging practices as they are now in Indonesia do not meaningfully reduce carbon emissions. Read more below to find out what logging practices CAN cut down carbon emissions by about 50 percent and how this effects REDD+. Read more at Mongabay. Read more about logging in Indonesia then join…

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Bakun Turbines Running At Just 50% Capacity

As the Barum Dam blockade marked its 100th day, reports came out that the dam was only working at half of its capacity. This revelation raises the question: Why is there a need for TWELVE other dams if this one is only generating half the energy officials claimed? Read more at Sarawak Report. Read more…

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