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How Palm Oil in Everything From Food to Fuel Is Killing Orangutans and Exacerbating Climate Change

Palm oil. It’s the ubiquitous additive in everything from soaps and lotions to cookies and diet foods. It’s found in junk food like Cheez-Its, Tootsie Rolls, and M&Ms, but it’s also found in the products of more ecologically conscious companies like Ben & Jerry’s, Nature’s Way, and Toms of Maine. According to Rainforest Action Network (RAN), palm oil can be found in almost half of the products found in grocery stores.

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United States
6° 39' 52.5888" N, 15° 7' 1.8768" E
AlterNet.org
Monday, November 18, 2013

The Quest for Green Palm Oil

Expansion of palm oil onto peatlands was relatively smaller, the papers showed, but as peatlands store large amounts of carbon this was still a big part of palm oil’s carbon footprint. Between 2006 and 2010, an average of 88 million tons of carbon dioxide per year was released due to conversion of peatlands for plantations.

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United States
6° 39' 52.5888" N, 15° 7' 1.8768" E
Jakarta Globe
Friday, November 15, 2013

Group says Halloween candy may be killing orangutans

A new campaign by the Rainforest Action Network reveals that the production of an ingredient in Halloween candy, palm oil, destroys rainforests, endangers threatened species, contributes to climate change, and hides a host of human rights violations.

 

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United States
6° 39' 52.5888" N, 15° 7' 1.8768" E
The Washington Times
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Your Halloween candy may harm an orangutan

The use of palm oil in processed foods is way, way up in part because it doesn't contain trans fat, which the United States says must be labeled on food packaging because of its unhealthiness. The U.S. imports about 10 times as much palm oil now as it did in the mid-1990s. It's not that the oil is evil. It's that production methods need to change.

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United States
6° 39' 52.5888" N, 15° 7' 1.8768" E
CNN
Monday, October 28, 2013

Activist group sends out false news release posing as The Hershey Co.

 

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United States
6° 39' 52.5888" N, 15° 7' 1.8768" E
The Patriot News
Sunday, October 27, 2013

Halloween candy for orangutans

 

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United States
6° 39' 52.5888" N, 15° 7' 1.8768" E
CNN
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What An Orangutan Says To This Little Girl Is A Message We All Need To Know About

However, this particular conversation is way more important than it is cute.

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United States
6° 39' 52.5888" N, 15° 7' 1.8768" E
Huffington Post
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Banking on Coal: Undermining our Climate

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Friday, November 15, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO—Three U.S. banks: Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America lead the financing of the world’s coal mining industry and are spotlighted in a new study entitled Banking on Coal, released today at the COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland. While coal consumption has declined in the U.S., globally, coal production has grown by 69 percent since 2000 and has now reached 7.9 billion tons annually. Coal is the single largest source of carbon emissions contributing to climate change.

Rogue Palm Oil Company, Fearing Negative Ruling, Initiates Conflict with Indonesian Court

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Monday, November 18, 2013

[MEDAN, NORTH SUMATRA] A large demonstration initiated by controversial palm oil company Pt Kalista Alam, who is accused of illegally destroying some of the world’s most important remaining orangutan habitat on the west coast of Sumatra, has disrupted the Meulaboh district court today where the Indonesian Ministry of Environment is prosecuting the company for environmental crimes.

Palm oil producers, NGOs launch responsible palm oil initiative at RSPO AGM

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

edan, Indonesia, 13 November 2013 – Progressive palm oil companies and environmental and social NGOs today launched the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) at the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) Annual General Assembly. The group is made up of producers and civil society organizations and includes Agropalma, DAABON, New Britain Palm Oil, as well as WWF, Rainforest Action Network (RAN), Forest Peoples Programme and Greenpeace.