Forest Fires

HSBC boss grilled on Greenpeace campaign at Davos

Posted by Joe Sutherland — 25 January 2017 at 4:27pm - Comments

Last week we revealed that HSBC - the biggest bank in the UK - is funding palm oil companies who are destroying rainforests in Indonesia. People across the world have since demanded that HSBC stop its profit-hungry palm oil investments.

Palm oil giant IOI has lost customers for destroying forests, but will it change?

Posted by Annisa Rahmawati — 9 June 2016 at 12:12pm - Comments
A Greenpeace investigator bears witness in an IOI palm oil concession
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Bearing witness in an IOI palm oil concession, April 2016

IOI - one of the largest palm oil companies in the world - is having a difficult time right now.

Not only has it recently lost its sustainability certification, but as a result its customers are leaving in droves. And with good reason: our new report shows how IOI's operations have led to the destruction of forests and peatlands in Borneo, despite repeated promises to protect these areas.

Palm oil: who's still trashing forests?

Posted by Annisa Rahmawati — 3 March 2016 at 11:39am - Comments
A crime scene: burned peatland and forest remains, planted with oil palm
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How 'clean' is the palm oil used by major brands around the world? Today, we're releasing the results of our investigation into which companies are keeping promises to stop deforestation in Indonesia for palm oil. Take a look now to see who's keeping up - and who's lagging way behind.

Indonesia fires: "I'm tired of being made sick by this smoke"

Posted by Rahmi Carolina — 29 October 2015 at 1:44pm - Comments
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When I was young my friends and I would visit our local river, just a short walk from our small town in Pangkalan Kerinci, upstream of Riau's peatland coast in Sumatra. On days when we needed to cool down from the heat, we would spend hours swimming and getting lost in the shade of the trees, chasing birds and sleeping.

Choked in smoke - living in the thick of Indonesia’s haze

Posted by ZamZami — 25 September 2015 at 4:31pm - Comments
A Greenpeace investigator documents fire on recently cleared peatland
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Smoke caused by forest fires and peatland destruction, is covering about 80% of Sumatra, Indonesia. And it seems like no matter how far you try to escape, the smoke follows.

My wife and daughter should be at our home in Pekanbaru, Riau on the east of Sumatra right now. It’s been more than a month since we moved, or rather escaped to my parent’s house in West Sumatra. But like a dark cloud over my head I’ve since discovered that wherever I go, smoke follows.

Six myths Indonesia's biggest forest destroyer wants you to believe

Posted by Richardg — 22 July 2014 at 2:54pm - Comments
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Pulp and paper company APRIL, along with its sister companies, is the greatest threat to the Indonesian rainforest. These amazing forests are some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet - and they're vital to regulating the world's climate.

Together we can end illegal logging and the destruction of the world's forests, and protect the rights of the indigenous peoples and wildlife that depend on them. Join the movement to protect the world's rainforests.

But first, here's the six biggest porkies that APRIL are telling everyone to stop customers deserting them:

APRIL is pulping the rainforest - but its customers are walking away

Posted by Richardg — 10 July 2014 at 12:05pm - Comments
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Customers are suspending contracts with Indonesia’s second largest pulp and paper company APRIL after we exposed its destruction of rainforests and fire-prone peatland.

6 myths Indonesia's biggest forest destroyer wants you to believe

Posted by Richardg — 10 July 2014 at 11:54am - Comments
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Pulp and paper company APRIL, along with its sister companies, is the greatest threat to the Indonesian rainforest. But these destructive companies are telling fibs to stop their customers deserting them. Here are APRIL's six biggest porkies.

It says it's sustainable, but the palm oil industry is still destroying the rainforest

Posted by Richardg — 2 September 2013 at 4:26pm - Comments
An excavator creates a canal in Riau Province, Indonesia, despite heavy smoke
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An excavator creates a canal in Riau Province, Indonesia, despite the heavy smoke caused by the forest fires

The palm oil industry is desperate to paint itself as sustainable. Yet for the last couple of years, palm oil plantations have been the number one cause of deforestation in Indonesia.

Slideshow: devastating fires sweep through Sumatran forests

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 26 July 2013 at 4:48pm - Comments

Sitting in my comfortable office chair and watching these terrible images come through the picture desk, I feel a desperate need to stop this destruction. The devastating forest fires that swept through Sumatra recently caused record breaking air pollution in parts of Malaysia and Singapore.

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