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Avon’s Palm Oil Promise Advances Environmental Stewardship Commitment

Union of Concerned Scientists | July 17, 2015

Cosmetic giant Avon pledged today to only buy palm oil, an ingredient in its products, that has not contributed to deforestation in the tropical regions where it’s grown. Avon’s “Palm Oil Promise” has the potential to be one of the strongest palm oil commitments in the personal care sector to date, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

Palm-Oil Migrant Workers Tell of Abuses on Malaysian Plantations

The Wall Street Journal | July 26, 2015

On a sun-scorched hillside, bulldozers clear land to plant more of the trees that yield palm oil, which is used in everything from Oreos to Pop-Tarts to Old Spice deodorant. Demand for palm oil has surged in recent years, making it the most-consumed vegetable oil in the world.

Here’s more evidence that cutting CO2 pollution can be good for the economy

Grist | July 14, 2015

The Northeast’s cap-and-trade program generated $1.3 billion in economic benefits for participating states over the last three years. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) also created an estimated 14,200 years’ worth of full-time employment between 2012 and 2014, and it cut residents’ electricity and heating bills by a total of $460 million. That’s according to a new analysis by a group that is creatively named Analysis Group, one of the largest economic consulting firms in the country.

Tropical peatland carbon losses from oil palm plantations may be underestimated

Bio Fuel Daily | July 10, 2015

Draining tropical peatlands for oil palm plantations may result in nearly twice as much carbon loss as official estimates, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment and the Union of Concerned Scientists in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

Popular Snack Foods May Cause Rainforest Destruction

ABC7 News | July 10, 2015

Environmental groups are stepping up a crusade to make sure the food people eat is good for the planet. They are focused on palm oil, a common ingredient in a lot of processed food most people eat every day without knowing the cost to the environment.

Greenpeace responds to Tropical Forest Trust on moving 'Beyond Certification' | July 8, 2015

We at Greenpeace believe certification schemes are far from perfect, nor are they the only tool to achieve environmental and social goals; however some schemes are stronger than others such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and we do believe that they have an important role to play.

‘Chaos’ in Congo’s logging sector | July 8, 2015

Little of the timber from the Democratic Republic of Congo that finds its way onto international markets can be considered legal, according to a pair of advocacy organizations that recently investigated the forestry sector in the country.

Wilmar, Musim Mas supplier still destroying forest for oil palm in Indonesia's Leuser Ecosystem | July 3, 2015

A supplier of palm oil giants Wilmar and Musim Mas has continued to bulldoze valuable forest in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem despite its most prominent customers’ zero-deforestation commitments and repeated exposés of its activities, according to a new report from environmental group Greenomics-Indonesia.

First Resources the latest palm oil giant to announce zero-deforestation commitment | July 3, 2015

Palm oil giant First Resources has committed to eliminate deforestation and rights abuses from its supply chain, making it the industry's first company operating primarily at the grower level to do so.

Pope calls for action on climate change, biodiversity loss | June 19, 2015

In a letter being widely heralded by environmentalists, yesterday Pope Francis called on world leaders to address threats to the planet, including climate change and species extinction. Notably, the leader of the Catholic Church singled out "human activity" as the main driver of these threats.

How Strong Are Commitments to Source Sustainable Palm Oil?

TriplePundit | June 18, 2015

Many of the largest players in the palm oil industry have made commitments to make their supply chains more sustainable. But what do all these commitments really mean?

FDA bans artificial trans fats, paving way for more U.S. palm oil consumption | June 16, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today ordered food manufacturers to stop using trans fats within three years, potentially paving the way for increased palm oil consumption in the United States.

Consumers willing to pay sharp premium for wildlife-friendly palm oil, claims study | June 15, 2015

Shoppers may be willing to pay a 15 to 56 percent premium for palm oil produced without the destruction endangered species' habitat, asserts a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

APRIL, RGE finally commit to zero deforestation

Eco-Business | June 4, 2015

Indonesian paper company APRIL and its parent RGE group have joined the growing industry movement to tackle deforestation, with new policies that promise to end development on forest and forested peatlands.

More Printed Catalogs Mean More Energy, Water and Paper Gone to Waste

The PSI Blog | June 1, 2015

In 2013, many more catalogs were mailed to American homes compared to previous years – 11.9 billion to be exact (catalog mailings peaked at 19.6 billion in 2007).


Primary rainforest cleared for massive palm oil plantations in Peru | May 20, 2015

More than 9,400 hectares of closed-canopy Amazonian rainforest has been removed for two oil palm plantations in the Peruvian region of Ucayali since 2011, according to scientists working for MAAP, the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project.

TFT Suspends PT SMART Membership

The Forest Trust | May 19, 2015

TFT has been working with Golden Agri-Resources (PT SMART Division) since 2011, when pioneering work was started on the High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach to forest conservation. However, general progress has slowed recently and TFT is aware of several breaches of PT SMART’s Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) and Social and Community Engagement Policy (SCEP). As a result, we have suspended its membership with immediate effect.

Wilmar, Musim Mas supplier caught clearing elephant habitat for palm oil in Aceh | May 12, 2015

A new report provides evidence that a supplier of palm oil giants Wilmar and Musim Mas is bulldozing valuable forests in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem in violation of the companies’ zero-deforestation policies.

Conservation heroes from Yorkshire in top 50 ‘most influential’

The Yorkshire Post | May 11, 2015

Noted for their brains and beguiling looks, some 6,600 orangutans still live in the wild in Sumatra—but they could be in line for extinction if the destruction of their last remaining habitat continues.

RSPO+ Voluntary Addendum to Strengthen the Standard on Peat, Deforestation and Social Requirements

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil | May 5, 2015

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil has announced it is working on voluntary guidelines aimed at further enhancing the existing standard’s requirements on issues such as Deforestation, Peatland Development and Indigenous Peoples rights.

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