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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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Procter & Gamble’s Palm Oil Suppliers Linked to Deforestation

After an investigation, Greenpeace has found companies that supply P&G with palm oil are engaged in clearing of rainforests and peatlands in Indonesia, suggesting that Head & Shoulders shampoo and other extremely popular consumer products made by the company may be linked to forest destruction. Read more below to find out what evidence Greenpeace found.…

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Taib: When the Devil Wins

For over 30 years, Taib Mahmud has been a political figure in Malaysia. During this time, he has been the recipient of numerous corruption, human rights abuse, and environmental abuse allegations.  Despite several protests from people around the world,  Taib was sworn in as Sarawak’s Governor earlier this week. Read more below to find out if…

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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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