Monthly Archives: April 2012

While Banana Republic Indonesia Lets its Last Forests Burn, It’s Left to NGOs to do the Saving


In the wake of the Tripa swamp fires, Indonesia continues to burn its last forests for $$$, leading to the 4 Ds (deforestation, destruction, displacement and death). The banana republic’s leaders don’t care. The ousted “Green Governor” Irwandi Yusuf, doesn’t … Continue reading

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UPDATED – Cargill Responds — In Light of Sumatran Fires For Palm Oil


In light of the Tripa fires in Sumatra, my rage forced me to write the following email to Cargill. (It’s not the most eloquent or articulate but it does convey my anger): “100 Orangutans Lost in Indonesian Fires [for Palm … Continue reading

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The Indonesian Government Should Copy The Tobacco Industry: Just Lie


The Indonesian government is trying to put a happy face on palm oil‘s evil practices.  News comes today that the Indonesian government is going to declare a near-trade war amid worldwide disapproval of the Indonesian palm oil plantation practices that lead to … Continue reading

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Reduce. Reuse. Recycle


A startling infographic at ThinkProgress on the world’s trash problem.  It’s not just a U.S. issue.  Holy mackerel!  Look at China! http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/04/10/461106/must-see-infographic-americans-throw-away-enough-trash-per-year-to-cover-the-state-of-texas-twice-over/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+climateprogress%2FlCrX+%28Climate+Progress%29

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What RSPO Certification Does NOT Mean


The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), for all its positives, is not perfect. With all the talk about the lost orangutans in the Tripa fires, the need for “sustainable” palm oil, the RSPO, etc., I just want to make … Continue reading

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Updated: Destroying Tripa in Order to Save it! Irwandi Yusuf Threatens to Torch the Rest of Aceh Rainforests to Show The World


Laughably “green” governor Irwandi Yusuf has lost it. Taking a page from the discredited Vietnam-era tactic of “destroying the village in order to save it,” the Machiavellian “king” of Aceh Province’s graft and corruption is now making a unique defense … Continue reading

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A Jungle Island Amid a Sea of Palm Oil Plantations?


  (Photo credit:  The Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP).) Look at this sad photo. It shows a solitary strip of jungle island surrounded by a sea of what looks like palm oil plantation land. Maybe it’s not, but, still, what … Continue reading

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