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Deforestation in Tropical Countries Linked to European Diets in New Study

One-sixth of the carbon footprint of the average diet in the European Union can be directly linked to deforestation in tropical countries, according to a new study from researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. The study, due to be published in the May 2019 edition of the journal Global …

Let Nature Heal Climate and Biodiversity Crises, Say Campaigners

The restoration of natural forests and coasts can simultaneously tackle climate change and the annihilation of wildlife but is being worryingly overlooked, an international group of campaigners have said. Animal populations have fallen by 60% since 1970, suggesting a sixth mass extinction of life on Earth is under way, and …

European Commission Concludes Palm Oil Is Environmentally Damaging

The European Commission has concluded palm oil is environmentally damaging and results in excessive deforestation. The decision means it is likely to be removed from transport biofuels as it will not contribute to EU renewable transport targets for national governments. The cultivation of palm oil primarily takes place in Indonesia …

Are Companies Feeling the Pressure from Sustainable Consumers?

The world’s leading suppliers of groceries, personal care products, household goods and consumer electronics are racing to adapt to sustainably-minded consumers. That’s the verdict from environmental non-profit CDP, which has published a new report showing the ‘Fast Moving Consumer Goods’ FMCG sector is having to change its business models in …

The Bornean Orangutan Population Has Fallen by Nearly 150,000 in Just 16 Years

At the end of September, four rescued orangutans returned to their home in the rainforest after undergoing lengthy rehabilitation at International Animal Rescue’s (IAR) conservation center in West Borneo, where I work as a chief executive. Amy, Kepo, Ongky and Rambo had been rescued by our Orangutan Protection Unit at …

Palm Oil Bar Codes Launched to Help Consumers Spot Unsustainable Supply Chain

Social enterprise Giki has created a ‘palm oil detector’ to help shoppers identify products made with sustainable palm oil. Shoppers concerned about fuelling deforestation on their supermarket trips can now take advantage of a new tool to help them spot products made with sustainable palm oil. Social enterprise Giki revealed …

A Shortage of Beer and Fries? Climate Change Hits Europe Where It Hurts

Climate change has fueled raging wildfires around the world, bleached coral reefs and intensified hurricanes—and now it’s coming for Europe’s fries. A hot and dry summer has caused low potato yields in Belgium and across Europe, resulting in sad, stubby fries or “frites”—up to an entire inch shorter than the …