In 2013, Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) bowed to pressure from Greenpeace, other NGOs, and its customers, promising to turn off its bulldozers and end its addiction to deforestation. Yet since then, almost 8,000 hectares of forest and peatland has been cleared in two concessions linked to APP and its parent company the Sinar Mas Group.
Here’s what we found: almost8,000 hectares of forest and peatland has been clearedin two concessions linked to APP and its parent company the Sinar Mas Group since 2013. We put these allegations to APP and Sinar Mas, but the group failed to provide a credible response or to take meaningful action.
That environment of the unknown — and protecting it — was the inspiration behind the band Animal Collective’s latest album and video, Tangerine Reef. Created to coincide with the International Year of the Reef, the musicians tell how art can help inspire us to reckon with climate change before its too late.
A must see video, ck. it out.
The video for Tangerine Reef shows corals moving 10 times their natural speed, making them seem otherworldly but humanlike. Slimy appendages wriggle and feed neon, tessellating mouths. At times, they seem to smile. At other times, the images drift into patterns and abstraction.
There is still a lot we don’t know about corals: Scientists weren’t sure how they reproduced until 1981 and researchers are still learning the details about how they live, grow and respond to environmental stresses.
Palm Oil Commitments Broken: Global Brands Linked to Massive Deforestation
Greenpeace released shocking footage of clear-cutting in Papua, Indonesia, illustrating just how pervasive the problem has become for consumer companies and palm oil traders. How much land was cleared? An area almost half the size of Paris.
The clearance is seen in PT Megakarya Jaya Raya (PT MJR), a palm oil concession controlled by the Hayel Saeed Anam Group (HSA), a multinational company that is headquartered in Yemen. The forest clearance we exposed includes an area that is zoned for protection by the Indonesian government as a result of the devastating fires of 2015.
Papua represents one of the last vestiges of virgin rainforest in the world. Within those forests there are over 600 species of exotics birds, the tree kangaroo, and many more species that have yet to be discovered. To sum it up: Papua is home to50% of Indonesia’s unique wildlife and plant species.
We know, even by casual observation, that humanity has disrupted the balance of life on Earth, eradicated habitats, reduced biodiversity, and driven some species to extinction. Now, an updated Census of Earth’s Biomass reveals some details of this transformation of the species diversity on Earth.
We find out that humans and their livestock now comprise about 96% of all mammal biomass on Earth. All other mammals – whales, sea lions, bears, elephants, badgers, shrews, deer, bear, cougars, rats, wolves, and all the rest – are about 4.2%.
Mammals, including humans and their livestock, represent only about 0.03% of Earth’s biomass. All animals – the mammals plus fish, insects, worms, birds, and others – account for only 0.37% of biomass. The two primary producers of biomass from solar energy – plants and bacteria – still dominate terrestrial and marine life forms, accounting for over 95% of all living biomass.
Orangutans in the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan reintroduction project, which houses orangutans whose habitats are threatened by deforestation linked to palm oil.
Their habitat is shrinking primarily due to increasing temperatures and changing rainfall patterns, affecting the availability of food sources. Also, orangutan females are less likely to conceive during periods of low fruit abundance.
Protect our communities, coasts and climate: say NO to seismic blasting!
The negative impacts on entire communities on the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic coast, as well as in the rich marine ecosystems of the region, outweigh by far any foreseeable economic benefits for oil companies.