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Major Importer IOI Falls Short in Latest Pledge to Eliminate Conflict Palm Oil

Despite sector movement toward more responsible palm oil production, IOI Loders Croklaan new policy does not cover all IOI Group’s plantations and operations. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, November 14, 2014 CONTACT: Christopher J. Herrera, 510.290.5282, Christopher@ran.org San Francisco, CA – Responding to mounting pressure from large corporate customers, consumers and environmental and social justice organizations, IOI Loders Croklaan announced new palm oil commitments today. IOI Loders Croklaan has stated its intention to eliminate palm oil in its supply chain that is associated with deforestation, degradation of carbon-rich peatlands or failure to protect Indigenous and other human and worker rights....

Southern Forests Aren't Fuel

Big energy corporations are clearcutting forests throughout the Southeast United States, chopping the trees into pellets and shipping them to Europe to be burned for fuel. Tell E.U. policymakers to Save Our Southern forests!  Forests aren’t fuel. But biomass companies are cutting down whole trees to burn in European power plants. This scourge is huge, and it’s growing. From Louisiana to Virginia, there are 20 wood pellet facilities up and running, and 33 more being proposed.1 Wood pellet exports from the U.S. doubled last year, from...

Report: Global Biodiversity Hotspot Threatened; Fate of Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem Depends on Actions by Indonesian President and Palm Oil Giant Musim Mas

Rainforest Action Network releases evidence linking Musim Mas to deforestation in Leuser Ecosystem; says approval of Aceh spatial plan on new president’s desk would be ‘disastrous’ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 CONTACT: Before 11/13, contact Laurel Sutherlin, Laurel@ran.org (U.S. 415.246.0161) After 11/13 contact Christopher Herrera Christopher@ran.org (U.S. 510. 290. 5282) In Indonesia, after 11/13, contact Fitri Sukardi to be connected to a RAN spokesperson (+62 81291737400) San Francisco, CA - A new report released today by Rainforest Action Network (RAN) exposes the imminent threats to Indonesia’s high conservation priority Leuser Ecosystem and outlines the steps needed to protect endangered species and community livelihoods from encroaching industrial development. The report documents the growing number of companies operating legally and illegally within the protected Leuser Ecosystem, including over thirty palm oil companies alone. Titled, The Last Place on Earth Exposing...

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