Blog: Forests

How well do you know the orangutan?

Posted by Anonymous — 21 May 2016 at 9:33am - Comments

I’m Richard, a forests campaigner here at Greenpeace. I joined the forests team back in 2013, and since then I’ve learnt so many interesting and surprising things about these amazing animals while trying to protect them. Here are my 10 favourite orangutan facts:

10. Orangutans are ticklish

Did you know this about tigers?

Posted by Anonymous — 20 May 2016 at 4:30pm - Comments

I’m Richard and I’m a forests campaigner here at Greenpeace.

I joined the forests campaign team back in 2013, and since then I’ve learnt so many interesting and surprising things about these amazing animals while trying to protect them. Here are my 11 favourite tiger facts:

10. Tigers have better short-term memories than humans

10 years ago, the Amazon was being bulldozed for soy. Then everything changed.

Posted by paulo adario — 16 May 2016 at 10:51am - Comments
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Soy plantation in the Amazon rainforest. The expansion of the soy industry is one of the main causes of deforestation in the region.

This week – after months of negotiation and uncertainty – the Brazilian government, the soy industry and civil society organizations, including Greenpeace, indefinitely renewed an agreement keeping huge swathes of Amazon rainforest from being destroyed for soybean farming. This is big news for the Amazon, for Indigenous Peoples, for farmers, for business and for all of us around the world fighting to end deforestation.

This huge Amazon dam was just stalled - but now we need to stop it.

Posted by Anonymous — 22 April 2016 at 3:50pm - Comments
Children playing in river Tapajos
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It’s a good week for the Amazon rainforest! Just yesterday, Brazil’s environmental agency – Ibama – announced it was suspending the license to build the massive São Luiz do Tapajós dam on the Tapajós River. The reason? The agency recognized the risks the dam project would pose for nearby Munduruku Indigenous communities.

This announcement is an important step for the Amazon and for Indigenous People’s rights in Brazil. We hope this will be a step foward to cancel the mega-dam definitively. Here’s why it is so essential.

Time is running out for destructive palm oil company IOI

Posted by Richardg — 22 April 2016 at 10:32am - Comments
Young oil palm trees in a recently established plantation within IOI's PT BSS co
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Young oil palm trees in a recently established plantation within IOI's PT BSS concession in West Kalimantan

As Indonesia’s president announces a temporary ban on palm oil development, one of the world’s biggest palm oil traders faces a customer revolt over its deforestation in Borneo… and it could lead to some big wins for forest protection.

11 awe-inspiring British wildlife-watching moments from #IntotheWild

Posted by Danielle Boobyer — 16 April 2016 at 2:02pm - Comments
Common dolphins leaping from the ocean
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Common dolphins swim in Scotland

We’ve fallen in love with British wildlife all over again this week thanks to the wonderful nature footage on BBC’s Into the Wild.

In Pictures: Damning the Amazon

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 13 April 2016 at 3:54pm - Comments
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Forest next to the Tapajós river, in Sawré Muybu Indigenous Land

A report published this week by Greenpeace Brazil shines a spotlight on technology giant Siemens’ involvement in a massive hydropower dam planned for the Tapajós River.

Brazilian supermarket giant Pão de Açúcar stops buying deforestation beef

Posted by Richardg — 1 April 2016 at 12:09pm - Comments
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Activists in Sao Paulo put stickers on beef saying 'do you know where your beef comes from?'

Great news: Pão de Açúcar – one of Brazil’s major supermarket chains – has finally agreed to stop stocking beef linked to forest destruction. It's a huge victory for Brazilian consumers, who joined Greenpeace's campaign in their thousands - but it's also big deal for the planet. Here's why.

Indonesia: Is the world still looking away?

Posted by India Thorogood — 30 March 2016 at 11:40am - Comments
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‘Indonesia is burning - so why is the world looking away?’ Late last year those words shone a small spotlight on a massive climate crisis - now it looks like they could be depressingly relevant again.

Sumatran rhino found while forest habitat is lost

Posted by jamie — 30 March 2016 at 9:13am - Comments
Sumatran rhino found in East Kalimantan, Indonesia
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This rhino is being moved to relative safety, but the species is still critically endangered

Good news for rhino fans: last week, researchers announced the first live encounter with a Sumatran rhino in Borneo for over 40 years. But the human pressures that have pushed this species to the brink of extinction are still very much in play.

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