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The Tragic Death of Peruvian Indigenous Healer Olivia Arévalo

     by Sebastián Ortega and Jhonny Valle Ayuque / openDemocracy via Intercontinental Cry Leader of the Shipibo-konibo community, Olivia Arévalo Lomas, was 81 years old when she was shot in the chest and murdered. The principal suspect, Canadian Paul Woodroffe, died a few hours later. The leader, practitioner of traditional medicine and defender of the Peruvian Amazon, Olivia … Continue reading The Tragic Death of Peruvian Indigenous Healer Olivia Arévalo

Deceit and Destruction Behind FAO’s Forest Definition

Featured image: Oil palm seedlings at Tamaco Commercial Oil Palm Nursery. Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas      by World Rainforest Movement via Intercontinental Cry For decades, the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) has demanded that the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) urgently reviews its forest definition, which mainly benefits the interests of industrial monoculture tree plantations … Continue reading Deceit and Destruction Behind FAO’s Forest Definition

Indonesia: Tribe attacked in palm oil plantation

Featured Image: The Orang Rimba have lived in the forests of Sumatra for generations, but now they are under threat. © Survival International By Survival International Members of the nomadic Orang Rimba tribe in Indonesia have been attacked and their possessions burned as part of an eviction from a palm oil plantation on their ancestral land. The … Continue reading Indonesia: Tribe attacked in palm oil plantation

We just lost two million hectares of forest and two years to prevent runaway climate change…

…but at least they released the trailer for the new Star Wars film. Julian Langer / Deep Green Resistance UK Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images Children are choking to death and being prepared for evacuation as forest fires ravage Indonesia in what is probably the most severe environmental disaster of the 21st century. Endangered orangutans are losing … Continue reading We just lost two million hectares of forest and two years to prevent runaway climate change…

Palm oil company and Indonesian government raid indigenous villages, destroy 150 homes

By Diana Parker / Mongabay Nearly 150 homes were reportedly destroyed in the latest incident in a long-standing conflict between indigenous Batin Sembilan residents and former Wilmar unit PT Asiatic Persada. Indonesian security forces allegedly stormed several villages inside a Sumatran palm oil plantation concession last weekend and earlier this week, accompanying company staff and … Continue reading Palm oil company and Indonesian government raid indigenous villages, destroy 150 homes

Capitalists amping up destruction of Congo rainforests for palm oil plantations

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay Industrial oil palm plantations are spreading from Malaysia and Indonesia to the Congo raising fears about deforestation and social conflict. A new report by The Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK), dramatically entitled The Seeds of Destruction, announces that new palm oil plantations in the Congo rainforest will soon increase fivefold to … Continue reading Capitalists amping up destruction of Congo rainforests for palm oil plantations

New report shows “green” biofuels made from palm oil accelerating climate change

By Bangor University Growing oil palm to make ‘green’ biofuels in the tropics could be accelerating the effects of climate change, say scientists. Researchers from Bangor University found the creation of oil palm plantations are releasing prehistoric sources of carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere. The findings throw into doubt hopes that biofuels grown in … Continue reading New report shows “green” biofuels made from palm oil accelerating climate change

Massive palm oil plantation in Cameroon endangering “biodiversity hotspot”, dispossessing locals

By Agence France-Presse A large palm oil plantation project in development in Cameroon since 2010 will put livelihoods and ecosystems in peril if allowed to continue, a US-based think-tank warned Wednesday. “With the loss of livelihoods by thousands of Cameroonians on the line and critical and unique ecosystems in peril, this project must be stopped,” … Continue reading Massive palm oil plantation in Cameroon endangering “biodiversity hotspot”, dispossessing locals

Palm oil industry burning Indonesian orangutans into extinction to build plantations

By Oliver Milman / The Guardian The world’s densest population of orangutans is set to be “extinguished” by a massive new wave of fires that is clearing large tracts of a peat swamp forest in the Indonesian island of Sumatra, conservationists have warned. Environmentalists claim that satellite images show a huge surge in forest blazes … Continue reading Palm oil industry burning Indonesian orangutans into extinction to build plantations

Biofuels rush causing hunger, land theft, habitat destruction, and massive release of carbon

By Daan Bauwens / Inter Press Service Despite growing evidence that biofuel production is causing food insecurity around the world, the new European Union policy blueprint on renewable energy ignores the social effects of biofuels. Last week, Guatemalan victims of the food crisis came to Brussels to make European policy makers aware of the problem. … Continue reading Biofuels rush causing hunger, land theft, habitat destruction, and massive release of carbon