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If Indonesia Can’t Protect Its Orangutans, Why Doesn’t It Just ‘Sell’ Them?

Erik Meijaard of the Jakarta Globe argues that if Indonesia does not have the will or equipment to take care of its orangutans then they should be passed to nations who can value them properly. Read more below to find out how this would happen and how this would benefit orangutans. Read more at Mongabay.…

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Wilmar Refutes Sarawak Government’s Claims on Palm Oil Ban

Wilmar, the palm oil giant, has denied the claim that they will stop buying all crude palm oil from Sarawak due to it’s no deforestation policy. Read more below to find out why a large volume of the palm oil produced in the state of Sarawak is effectively exempt from Wilmar’s policy. Read more on Mongabay.…

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Grabbing In Anticipation – Samling Strips Out Reserved Forest in Baram

Despite the fact that impact assessments have not been completed and the proposed Baram Dam has yet to receive any official go-ahead, Samling, a timber company, has started stripping bare reserved native timber areas in Baram. Read more below to find out how Sampling is getting away with this and how it is affecting the indigenous.…

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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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