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Progressive Palm Oil Group Opens Door to Companies, NGO’s Adopting Zero Deforestation Policies

A new group called the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) has started to accept new members who commit to social and environmental safeguards that go beyond the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) eco-certification standard. Read more below to find out what these safeguards are and how POIG hopes to tip the balance towards responsible palm…

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New Web Tool Aims to Help Indigenous Groups Protect Forests and Navigate REDD+

A new online tool called ForestDefender aims to help indigenous people understand and implement their rights in regard to forests. The database brings together vast amounts of legal information—both national and international—on over 50 countries. Read more below to find out this tool works and what its creators hope it will achieve. Read more on Mongabay. Read…

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Indonesia’s Proposed Peat Law Too Weak to Protect Peatlands, Stop Haze, Says Greenpeace

A new analysis from Greenpeace says that new regulations aiming to protect peatlands is most likely going to fall short of its goals, failing to stop peat degradation, emissions, and fires that are driving the current haze crisis in Southeast Asia. Read more below to find out how Greenpeace made this conclusion and what this means…

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Malaysia Rejects Indigenous Rights at the UN

The recent suggestion by the United Nations that the UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Rights should be allowed to visit the county in order to evaluate the treatment of the indigenous Orang Ulu has been rejected by the Malaysian government. Read more below to find out what other recommendations Malaysia has rejected as well as…

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Mega-Dams Create Economic Disaster Says Top Study

A recent study by Oxford University has found that mega-dams, like those that are being built and planned in Borneo right now, do not only negatively impact the environment and human rights but they are also almost always economically disastrous for the countries involved. Read more below to find out just how much these projects…

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Indonesian Cop Caught Smuggling Rare Timber Worth Millions Escapes with 2-year Sentence

An Indonesian police officer  who was charged with laundering nearly $128 million in proceeds from illegal fuel and timber smuggling was sentenced to only two years in prison for illegal logging. Read more below to find out charges this officer was acquitted of and what this shocking case reveals about the Indonesia justice system. Read…

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Palm Oil’s Climate Impact Worse Than Thought Due to Methane Emissions

A new study reports that Methane leaks from palm oil waste water drastically increases the climate impact of palm oil production beyond emissions from land clearance, fire, and peatlands drainage. Read more to find out what is emitted, how it affects the people in the surrounding areas, and how this waste can be either removed or…

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Half a Billion Ringgit! The Turnover On Taib’s Latest Foreign Property Venture

The turnover on the Taib family’s latest foreign property venture, the Ridgeford Properties in central London, has been over 163 million dollars so far and it is still rising according to Swiss NGO Bruno Manser Fund. Read more below to find out more about this is helping Taib continue his executive influence in Sarawak. Read…

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After GAR Expands Policy, Over 50% of World’s Palm Oil Bound by Zero Deforestation Commitments

After Golden-Agri Resources extended its forest conservation policy to include all palm oil it produces, sources, and trades, over half the world’s palm oil traded internationally is now bound by zero deforestation commitments. Read more below to find out the effects this will have on the palm oil industry and the environment. Read more on…

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Taib Plans To Commission A Better Reputation

Taib was sworn in as Governor of Sarawak earlier this week and now he is worrying about his global reputation. In a speech, Taib said that his reputation was tarnished because of  “malicious attacks” by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) over issues like his environmental policy and various corruption accusations. Read more below to find out what Taib has…

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