Nestlé to phase out palm oil sourcing from Guatemalan company linked to toxic spill

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

The move by Nestlé follows that of US agribusiness giant Cargill, which suspended its business relationship with REPSA in November last year.

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Nearly 60,000 ha of forests Illegally cleared in northern Argentina last year, says Greenpeace

Monday, February 12th, 2018

According to Greenpeace, the main causes behind this deforestation were the expansion of the agricultural frontier – especially soy cultivation and cattle ranching – and forest fires.

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Deforestation in the Chaco spikes in the wake of “illegal” presidential decree stripping back environmental safeguards

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Satellite monitoring by the environmental organisation Guyra Paraguay has revealed that deforestation in the Gran Chaco biome in South America increased last October after Paraguay’s President issued a potentially illegal decree allowing cattle ranchers to evade restrictions on deforestation.

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Ministry confirms illegality of deforestation in farms owned by politically-connected businessman in Argentina

Monday, January 29th, 2018

The Environment Ministry has confirmed that licenses issued by the Salta provincial government authorising the deforestation of nearly 150,000 hectares of protected forests are illegal under the National Forest Law and Argentina’s constitution.

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Next two years will be “dangerous years indeed” for the Amazon as ag interests exploit political uncertainty

Friday, January 26th, 2018

“The illegal actors in the Amazon can practically feel this fragility. And they make the most of these moments, resulting in sudden spurts of deforestation.”

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Record year for forest fires in Brazil driven by expansion of agriculture and weakened oversight

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

In just one week in December, nearly 26,000 fire alerts were issued in the Brazilian state of Pará, in the Amazon biome. Historic data produced by the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE) shows that 2017 was the year with the highest number of fires in the state since records began in 1998.

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Greenpeace alleges political collusion behind illegal deforestation for soy cultivation in northern Argentina

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Greenpeace has accused Alejandro Jaime Braun Peña, a politically-connected businessman, of illegally clearing a native forest in the province of Salta for soy cultivation.

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Indonesian National Strategic Area loses thousands of hectares of forest in 2017

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Almost 7,000 hectares of forest were destroyed in the Leuser Ecosystem, in the western Indonesian province of Aceh, in 2017.

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“Process” preventing PNG government from slaying zombie plantation licenses

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Papua New Guinea’s Land Minister has said that “process” is delaying the cancellation of devastating and illegal licenses, one year after the country’s Prime Minister claimed they had already been cancelled.

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Illegal deforestation hit big ag firms where it hurt – in the pocket

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

A new analysis of three major agricultural firms implicated in illegal deforestation reveals how it affected profitability, led to multi-billion dollar decline in market capitalisation and huge losses for investors.

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Colombian community activist who stood up to plantation firms is shot dead

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Hernan Bedoya defended the collective land rights of Afro-Colombian farmers as well as local biodiversity in the face of palm oil and industrial agriculture expansion. He was allegedly shot dead by a neo-paramilitary group on Friday, December 5.

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Big ag trader drops Guatemalan firm linked to toxic spill

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

The US agribusiness giant Cargill has suspended its business relationship with a Guatemalan oil palm firm that caused a massive toxic spill, impacted the food security of thousands of families and then sought to block their access to justice.

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Shots fired at environmental defenders in Peru

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Shots were reportedly fired at members of a community and indigenous peoples’ organisation investigating land invasions by an oil palm company in Peru earlier this month.

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Illegal plantations threaten Sumatran tiger with extinction

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

A study examined 15 landscapes on the island of Sumatra that provide habitat for the tiger and found that a fifth of the forest cover had been lost since 2000, largely due to palm oil plantations.

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New data indicate deforestation in Indonesia is reaching record highs

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Forest loss in Indonesia is reaching the highest levels since detailed measurements began according to new data published this week by the World Resources Institute, amid weak law enforcement and a failure to address the root causes of the crisis. Total tree cover loss was recorded as 2.4 million hectares in 2016, up from 1.7m ha in 2015 and exceeding the previous record, set in 2012.

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