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Community Dialogue to Focus on Banks’ Role in Climate Change

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

BOSTON–Rainforest Action Network (RAN) will present Banks, Climate Justice and the Green Economy tonight at the Democracy Center in Cambridge at 6:30 p.m. The first of several events planned in the Greater Boston area, the dialogue will focus on banks’ responsibility to address climate impacts stemming from financing fossil fuels like coal. Speakers include social justice advocate and business leader Bob Massie, Harvard divestment activist Alli Welton, and Rabbi Margie Klein of Moishe House Boston, among others.

Memorial Event to Honor Environmental Leader

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Friday, January 25, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO—Hundreds are expected to memorialize environmental leader Rebecca Tarbotton at the Herbst Theater Saturday at 5 p.m. There will be words and inspiration from environmental and social justice leaders and musician Sean Hayes in a Celebration of Life memorial event to honor the legacy of Rebecca Tarbotton. Admired by many for her visionary work protecting rainforests, pushing for the transition to a clean energy economy and defending human rights, Tarbotton died unexpectedly December 26, 2012, at the age of 39.

Seismic Shift in US Publishing Sector as Major Players Shun Rainforest Destruction

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Friday, January 25, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO– HarperCollins’ recent public commitment to no longer source paper connected to endangered rainforests signifies a fundamental, sector-wide shift in the US publishing industry. This move by HarperCollins is on the heels of a major announcement in October by Disney, which released a comprehensive global paper policy covering the company’s vast array of businesses and licensees.

Just over two years ago, independent fiber tests revealed paper linked to Indonesian rainforest destruction in books sold by nearly all top American publishers.

Rainforest Action Network mourns the unexpected loss of our visionary Executive Director Rebecca Tarbotton

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Friday, December 28, 2012


SAN FRANCISCO (12.28.12)—Rainforest Action Network (RAN), and the community that has grown around it for more than 25 years, are mourning the sudden and tragic loss of Executive Director, Rebecca Tarbotton, who died unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 26.

Are Your Kids' Books Killing Tigers?

Getting your kid a book this holiday season? Before you pat yourself on the back for not buying some plastic crap destined for the dump, consider this: The book you bought might actually be destroying the rainforest.

Mother Jones
Friday, December 14, 2012

HC US accused of rainforest abuse

HarperCollins US has said it will look to “address any anomalies in our supply chain” after being accused of using paper from endangered rainforests in its children’s books.

The Bookseller
Thursday, December 13, 2012

News Corp publisher's books linked to paper from endangered rainforests: RAN

HarperCollins, a division of News Corp, has been accused by a conservation group of using materials sourced from Indonesia's endangered rainforests.

Independent forensic fiber tests commissioned by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), showed that some of HarperCollins' children's books were printed with rainforest fiber.

Chicago Tribune
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Harper and Rainforest Action Network Collide Over New Warning

HarperCollins is challenging the methodology behind the newest advisory from the Rainforest Action Network that some of its children’s books contain paper harvested from vulnerable Indonesian rainforests. According to RAN, a test conducted in November of seven HC titles found three with “significant” quantities of acacia fiber that is mainly sourced from Indonesian rainforest and trace amounts in “several” others.

Publishers Weekly
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cargill can save the orangutan

Until recently, one could be forgiven for not being aware of the direct connection between the consumption of palm oil and the imminentthreat of extinction facing orangutans in Indonesia. But for companies like Cargill that are at the center of this controversy, this excuse is running out.

Star Tribune
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

E.U. OKs biofuels produced from certified palm oil

Given these worries, several environmental groups condemned the European Commission's biofuel ruling, which came after a series of meetings with the palm oil industry.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012