Asian banks gave $19bn to palm oil firms linked to Indonesia fires

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

NGOs call out complicity of region’s largest financial institutions in bankrolling palm oil corporates implicated in forest fires crisis.

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Open letter calling on Bolsonaro to protect Amazon exposes firms’ double standards

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Some of the firms now calling on Bolsonaro to protect the Amazon – including Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda, Lidl, Carrefour and Princes – have been found by Earthsight to sell Brazilian beef from a company repeatedly implicated in illegal deforestation.

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Sônia Guajajara: “Agribusiness today really is a plague”

Friday, November 29th, 2019

In an exclusive Earthsight interview, prominent indigenous leader Sônia Guajajara discusses the threats facing indigenous peoples and Europe’s responsibilities towards conservation in Brazil.

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Alleged human rights abuses at Cameroon rubber plantation pile pressure on Sudcam

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

Despite 2018 pledges to improve its sustainability credentials, Halcyon Agri-owned Sudcam development in Cameroon continues to leave locals short-changed, new Greenpeace report finds.

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Double murder escalates conflict over illegal Indonesian palm oil plantation

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Government authorities had declared the plantation illegal at least as early as 2011 but appear to have failed to resolve the case before it became lethal.

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“Every import is marked with our blood”: Brazil’s indigenous leaders protest in London

Friday, November 15th, 2019

A delegation of indigenous activists protested outside the Brazilian embassy to call for an end to destruction of their land and rights and urged Europe to ban imports of deforestation-linked goods.

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UN deadline looms for Peru to revisit law that could destroy 100,000 hectares of Amazon

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

A proposed new law in Ucayali would remove safeguards for 3.5 million hectares of protected forest and leave indigenous lands exposed to rampant agribusiness development, UN and civil society warn.

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RSPO conference rocked by multiple NGO reports of illegalities in member concessions

Friday, November 8th, 2019

Allegations including widespread illegal fires, human rights abuses, fraudulent certifications and permitting irregularities ignored by global palm oil certification body.

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Singapore palm oil firm guilty of illegal Indonesia fires fined $18m

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Court ruling finds PT Arjuna Utama Sawit to have burnt almost 1,000 hectares of land illegally in Central Kalimantan.

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Illegal deforestation and child labour are the real horrors at Halloween

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Increasing global appetites for chocolate during the holiday period will benefit a cocoa industry that has failed to reform for two decades.

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The mystery multinational linked to illegal dairy deforestation in Colombia

Friday, October 25th, 2019

Illegal land clearances in Amazon national parks are being driven by the dairy industry; now, the government is targeting the rogue cattle ranchers supplying a global corporation.

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Another government probe uncovers widespread illegality in Indonesia’s palm oil sector

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Yet another government investigation has identified widespread illegality underpinning Indonesia’s sprawling oil palm plantation sector, officials have announced.

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Barclays, HSBC among major banks financing six “most harmful agribusinesses” with $44bn

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

A new Global Witness report reveals how more than 300 financial institutions funnelled money into global beef, leather, palm oil and rubber firms linked to deforestation and corruption.

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Ricardo Galvão: “Bolsonaro gives green light to illegal deforesters”

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Sacked INPE chief tells Earthsight he thinks an ‘internal fight’ over agribusiness expansion will soon engulf Brazil’s congress and calls on consumer countries to block imports linked to deforestation.

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Ghana and Ivory Coast attempt to raise farmers’ incomes as cocoa industry fails to clean up its act

Monday, September 30th, 2019

West African nations have announced a series of measures to raise the price of cocoa in order to lift farmers out of poverty, which has been linked to persistent child labour and illegal deforestation cases.

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