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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Indonesian state court failing to enforce $26 million Supreme Court palm oil fine

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

A state court in Indonesia is failing to enforce a Supreme Court ruling requiring a palm oil firm to pay US$26.5 million for illegal clearing with fire in the Tripa Peat Swamp, a vital orangutan habitat in the Leuser Ecosystem.

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Worker exploitation still widespread on Indofood palm plantations

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

A new report has exposed allegations of ongoing worker exploitation by Indonesian food giant Indofood, the country’s sole producer of PepsiCo branded snack food.

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Queensland farmers accused of defying federal order to cease clearances

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Farmers in Queensland are suspected of defying a federal government order to cease clearing land in a barrier reef catchment area which hosts several endangered species.

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Agribusiness responsible for bulk of offshore companies set up by Bolivian firms, Panama Papers investigation finds

Monday, November 20th, 2017

A new Panama Papers investigation has revealed that the Bolivian agribusiness sector, long plagued by illegalities, has made extensive use of offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes.

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Local government collusion with criminal gangs undermining Amazon protections, enforcement chief tells climate delegates

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Collusion between local authorities and criminal gangs is exacerbating illegal deforestation in the Amazon, the head of environmental law enforcement in Brazil has told delegates at the COP 23 climate conference. His comments came two weeks after the latest series of assaults on agencies tasked with protecting the Brazilian Amazon.

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Queensland deforestation crisis building to a “tsunami”, conservationists warn

Monday, November 13th, 2017

New figures show that deforestation in Queensland jumped 33 percent in 2015-16, due in part to the failure of the federal government to crack down on illegal clearing.

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Wave of deforestation and land conflict threatens Colombia in wake of peace deal

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Colombia’s forests are facing an uncertain future as the disbandment of guerrilla group FARC opens previous no-go areas to business and agriculture. Deforestation increased by 44 percent in 2016, with most illegal clearances concentrated in remote rainforest areas previously controlled by the guerrilla fighters. Elsewhere, land conflict has already broken out in former FARC strongholds.

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Illegal deforestation drives dramatic rise in Brazilian emissions, eclipsing effects of recession

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Illegal deforestation drove the biggest increase in Brazilian greenhouse gas emissions for 13 years in 2016, despite a severe recession leading to lower emissions from nearly every sector save agriculture.

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“Illegal” decree strips protection from area of forest the size of Belgium, used by Paraguayan President to authorise clearance on own ranch

Monday, October 30th, 2017

The President of Paraguay issued a potentially illegal decree freeing ranchers to accelerate the already catastrophically high rate of deforestation in the country’s Chaco region, then immediately used it to clear forest on his own ranch, an investigation by newspaper ABC Color has revealed.

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Bad ag campaigner arbitrarily detained in Cameroon

Friday, October 27th, 2017

A campaigner who led community opposition against a controversial palm oil plantation in Cameroon has been arrested, amid growing political tensions in the West African nation.

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Brazilian President cancels $1.5 billion of outstanding illegal deforestation fines

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Brazil’s President has issued an executive order revoking 60 percent of outstanding environmental fines imposed on ranchers and agribusiness for illegally clearing forest on their land.

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New bad ag projects threaten Peruvian Amazon

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Analysis of satellite imagery has unearthed evidence of rapid, industrial-style forest clearance in an area of the Peruvian Amazon where six farmers were recently assassinated.

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Criminal law left in limbo as illegal clearances continue in Argentina

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

A proposed law that would introduce criminal penalties for illegal deforestation in Argentina is being deliberately held up by government officials, Greenpeace has claimed, while the NGO’s latest monitoring report records more than 19,000 hectares of illegal clearance between January and June 2017.

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