Thursday, December 31, 2009

12.5% of all Florida manatees killed in 2009 | MNN - Mother Nature Network

12.5% of all Florida manatees killed in 2009 MNN - Mother Nature Network
Contact: Miyoko Sakashita, Center for Biological Diversity, (510) 845-6703
Federal Study: Manatee Death Rate Is Seven Times Sustainable LevelBoat Strikes Are Preventing Species' Recovery
SAN FRANCISCO— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized new stock assessments for manatees that puts the population of Florida manatees at about 3,800 and a Puerto Rico population at 72. The stock-assessment reports resulted from settlement of a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity that sought updated assessments, since the Service had flouted its duty under the Marine Mammal Protection Act to publish yearly reports for more than a decade.
“The Fish and Wildlife Service’s population assessment shows that boats are carelessly killing manatees,” said Miyoko Sakashita, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Clearly, far too little is being done to protect these endangered manatees in Florida.”
According to the Service’s stock-assessment report on the Florida manatee population, each year about 87 manatees are killed by humans in the state. This is more than seven times the number of manatees that the Service estimates can be killed without impairing the species’ recovery. Boats are the primary threat to manatees, which are frequently struck and killed, or seriously injured, by speeding vessels. Almost 90 percent of the manatees killed by humans were a result of such boat strikes. Manatees are also threatened by water-diversion structures such as dams and entanglement in marine debris, including derelict fishing gear.
“The one thing everyone should be able to agree on is that manatees in Florida and Puerto Rico need more protection from boat collisions to allow them to survive and recover,” said Sakashita.
Stock assessments are required under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and are meant to be used as the basis for management decisions such as those permitting the killing or harassment of the animals by commercial fisheries, oil and gas exploration, boating and shipping, and military exercises.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

'CERTIFIED' PALM OIL NOT A SOLUTION — Friends of the Earth International

'CERTIFIED' PALM OIL NOT A SOLUTION — Friends of the Earth International

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA November 3, 2009 -- Certifying palm oil is not a solution to the environmental damage and human rights violations caused by oil palm plantations, said Friends of the Earth International today during the meeting of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in Malaysia.

“The certification of palm oil by the RSPO does not halt deforestation, it does not halt the expansion of damaging oil palm plantations and it does not benefit local communities. Basically it fails to deal with the causes of the palm oil problems,” said Friends of the Earth International Agrofuels Campaign Coordinator Torry Kuswardono from Indonesia. Small but quickly growing quantities of palm oil are being certified by the RSPO.

The certification of palm oil is seen by many as a way to make the palm oil industry look 'responsible' or 'sustainable'.

“Certifying palm oil as responsible or sustainable makes consumers feel good and encourages increased consumption, which is precisely the root cause of the problem” added Torry Kuswardono from Indonesia. “Since palm oil has major carbon footprint, any talk of 'certified' palm oil must take this issue seriously, but the RSPO is not doing that. "

Instead of adopting voluntary schemes like the RSPO, national governments should pass and enforce laws to control the damaging expansion of palm oil. They should also critically assess if palm oil can still play a role in current or future poverty alleviation programmes.

We believe it is part of the problem, not the solution," said Teguh Surya, Head of Campaign Department of WALHI/Friends of the Earth Indonesia. “Instead of using the certification smokescreen, stakeholders should address the real problem, which is the increasing and unsustainable demand for palm oil, especially as agrofuel,” he added.

Essentially, RSPO companies are subjected to technical principles and criteria, but social and environmental issues of oil palm cultivation are largely framed within flawed political processes, poor governance and unsustainable market demand. Understood within this context, the RSPO is a voluntary certification process for a market premium and membership that may be able to add a much sought after and totally misleading 'green tag' (aka 'GREENWASHING') to the industry.

Moreover, it provides certification without having to actually address some of the most very basic, structural issues that gave rise to the adverse impacts of oil palm cultivation. Friends of the Earth International therefore does not regard the RSPO as a credible certification process as it is only a limited tool of technicality which is not able to adequately address the horrendous impacts of oil palm cultivation on forests, land and communities.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: IN MALAYSIA Torry Kuswardono, Friends of the Earth International Agrofuels Campaign Coordinator and Friends of the Earth Indonesia (WALHI); tel: +62- 811 383 270 (Indonesia mobile number) or email or

IN INDONESIA Teguh Surya, Head of Campaign Department of WALHI / Friends of the Earth Indonesia Tel: +62-811 820 4362 (Indonesia mobile number) or email

IN EUROPE Adrian Bebb, Friends of the Earth Europe agrofuels Campaigner: Tel: +49-1609 49 01 163 (german mobile number) or email

Friends of the Earth International is the world's largest grassroots environmental federation with 77 national member groups in 77 countries and more than 2 million individual members and supporters.


1 } The problems of "certification" of palm oil

Certification as a means to make the palm oil industry sustainable fails to deal with the root causes of the problem.

The destruction caused by the expansion of palm oil is caused by the excessive and irrational use of vegetable oil, either as a foodstuff, industrial oil or agrofuel.

Sustainable production can only be achieved by halting the increased demand and over-consumption in order to create sustainable levels of demand.

Some of the biggest environmental and social problems are caused by the actual expansions of palm plantations.

No certification scheme has so far come up with a solution to the deforestation, habitat loss and social conflicts caused by displacing agricultural activities elsewhere from these expansions. It is likely that this will never be solved by certification.

Wider societal problems created by the expansions fall outside of certification schemes and need to be addressed urgently.

Rising land prices as a result of the expansions cause great harm, as does the rising price of food as a result of the displacement of local food production.

In many producer countries there are high levels of corruption, weak governance, little land use planning or formal land ownership and a disregard to the right of local and indigenous peoples. Within a context of little transparency and likely ineffective monitoring it is highly unlikely that certification schemes will be fully implemented and there is big potential for fraud.

Certification schemes are mainly developed to please consumer markets in the North. These schemes therefore run the danger of persuading the public that palm oil is sustainably produced, therefore giving support to their continued use and deflecting from the real causes of the problems.

Likewise they can be used by industry to fend off criticism without them addressing the unsustainable nature of their business.

Voluntary market-based mechanisms are no replacement for strict legislation and will not be able to fully influence the behaviour of the global oil palm market.

The lack of political will to strictly regulate the oil palm commodity market allows companies to “pick and mix” whether they participate and can manage certified estates at the same time as being involved in uncertified estates. They can also be minor shareholders in estates involved in malpractices.

*2. The RSPO is full of loopholes*

The full implementation of the RSPO will not guarantee sustainability and it's unlikely that a certification scheme can be comprehensive enough to deal with the issues at stake.

For example, with the RSPO:

* There is no credible verification process and plantations have already been certified despite serious breaches of RSPO Principles and Criteria.

* Most palm oil is produced by large corporate groups that own hundreds of thousands of hectares of oil palm plantations. RSPO does not require all producers to get the entirety of their estate certified at once.

* Companies need to have a 'realistic and adequately' ambitious plan for certifying their other plantations, if they have ownership of more than 51% of that plantation, but since RSPO has not set a timeline for this, RSPO members can avoid taking any steps towards the certification of their land.

* The already weak criteria adopted by the RSPO membership in November 2005 have since been significantly watered down in the national interpretation processes, such as on matters pertaining Free, Prior and Informed Consent and Social Impact Assessments.

* All plantations established before 2007 can now become certified, even though they have been grown on previous forest lands.

* RSPO has also failed to come up with appropriate standards for greenhouse gas emissions associated with plantation development and management. In addition, RSPO has failed to undertake a study on alternatives for the toxic pesticide paraquat used all to commonly in plantations.

* It will be possible for companies to expand with unsustainable large-scale monocultures, as long as there are no High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) areas converted after 2007.

* The RSPO does not have any sanctions against violations of the criteria at the plantation level.

* There is no permanent monitoring body. Only when there is a written complaint a grievance panel is established to conduct investigative research and provide recommendations for action by the RSPO.

* The Grievance Panel is composed of Executive Board members who are stakeholders rather than mediators or arbiters. The capacity of NGOs and local communities to respond to failures of the RSPO would be crucial when there are environmental or social problems at a plantation. But their capacity is limited.

* RSPO will allow its certified palm oil to be traded through different chains of custody schemes, from “identify preserved” to “book and claim”. This means that RSPO certified palm oil will be mixed with palm oil from other sources, making it virtually impossible for a purchaser to be sure that the palm oil is not linked to rainforest destruction or any other environmental degradation and social conflict.

Ultimately, RSPO will be endorsing as sustainable the cultivation of vast areas of oil palm monocultures from recently converted natural forests, even where they encroach into local communities customary land and forests, isolating them into small enclaves.

In effect, any forest is allowed to be converted into oil palm plantation under the process so long it is not defined as a High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF), despite the fact that such forests have regeneration potential or that communities claim customary rights over them.

*3. Impacts of oil palm on people and the environment *

Oil palm expansion occurs throughout the tropics at unprecedented rates. Asia is aiming for around 30 million hectares of palm monocultures (compared to approximately 12 million at present). There are also plans for large-scale expansions in Central and East Africa (for instance in Congo: 3 million hectares) and in Latin America (for instance in Columbia: 3.5 million hectares).

The emergence of palm oil for the production of agrofuels (for transport and power generation) further promotes the expansion of the palm oil industry. Expanding the area dedicated to palm oil plantations creates enormous problems that threaten biodiversity, forests, climate, the environment and communities.

* Impacts on people *
Large areas of land are appropriated from communities by private corporations backed up by a lack of transparency, corruption and other unlawful activities in the licensing and development of oil palm plantations;

* Land prices increase due to the expansions resulting in land being unaffordable for most people;

* Large monocultures have adverse impacts on local natural water cycles and can cause severe pollution of water sources, increasing the likelihood of fires and floods and limiting the access to clean water for local communities;

* In many cases, oil palm monocultures are converted from logged over forests as a result of unsustainable logging practices that have earlier caused the depletion in timber resources. Such forests however still contain valuable resources to local communities who claim customary rights over them and with a proper conservation strategy is able to self-regenerate;

* A general failure to recognize and respect the right of indigenous and local peoples.

* Food sovereignty is undermined by occupying land that has been used to grow food for local consumption and diverting it to grow crops for export.

* Poor working and living conditions for plantations workers as well as small holders, and enormous vulnerability to price fluctuations.

* While the palm oil industry prides itself for providing employment and producing an important world commodity, far more people are likely to be adversely affected by its expansion, from indigenous and rural communities, plantation workers, smallholder farmers to other stakeholders who are confronted by environmental degradation, increases in food prices and the decline in their nation’s agricultural output, to name only a few. I

* Impacts on the environment *

* Widespread deforestation is destroying biodiversity and pushing some species to the brink of extinction.

* Huge levels of greenhouse gas emissions are released from deforestation and draining of peatlands.

* Unsustainable monoculture farming leading to the destruction of biodiversity and pollution of the environment through the use of dangerous pesticides and other agrochemicals such as paraquat.

* Environmental undervaluation of forests and peat lands.

*4. Solutions advocated*

Friends of the Earth International (FOEI) is calling for wider policy mechanisms that control demand and encourage a more sustainable use of land that guarantees food sovereignty and the protection of natural resources. FOEI does not support the use of palm oil as a fuel and either transport or energy production. In addition FOEI calls for Governments to adopt concrete and consistent policies and legal reforms in order for them to address effectively the sustainability challenges of the oil palm industry.

Wider policy mechanisms that go beyond certification are needed that control demand, especially where it depends increasingly on resources based in developing countries, and encourages a more sustainable use of land that guarantees food sovereignty and the protection of natural resources.

Real solutions to the energy and climate crisis need to be introduced that reduce the demand for fuel such as a modal shift to public transport, cleaner cars and energy efficient electricity production and use. Palm oil as an energy or transport fuel must be banned.

Friends of the Earth International believes governments are key to creating the solutions and should be made accountable to adopt concrete and consistent policies and legal reforms in order for them to address effectively the sustainability challenges of the oil palm industry.

To that effect, we call for policies and laws to:

* Prevent expansions of oil palm plantations that involve forest conversions, violations of local community rights, affect food sovereignty and other forms of environmental degradations, human rights abuse and economic and social injustices;

* End poor governance through serious improvements in public accountability, transparency in decision-making and eliminate inconsistencies and contradictions in policy and law. Reform must be initiated in favour of environmental and social sustainability, including ensuring that rights of communities and labourers are well-protected;

* Ensure that full legal recognition is given to indigenous communities through policy and land reform initiatives which must be able to address concerns on reparative mechanisms;

*Ratify and nationally implement all existing international conventions, treaties, declarations and other international laws on indigenous peoples, biodiversity, forests, climates, labour and hazardous toxics ;

* Introduce strict laws on the use of pesticides and waste management;

* Reject incentives and targets that promote large scale agrofuel production as a solution to the climate change problem. Such incentives must instead be diverted to research and produce genuinely renewable, efficient and sustainable energy sources;

* Promote a sustainable agricultural policy that encourages environmentally-friendly farming practices, increases agricultural diversity and the consumption of local production instead for export. Increase government support for practises such as diversification of production and stimulation of local production for local markets that contribute to food security and food sovereignty in producer and consumer countries.

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Copenhagen: A disaster for the world's poorest — Friends of the Earth International

Copenhagen: A disaster for the world's poorest — Friends of the Earth International

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK -- Commenting on the failure of rich country governments to secure a strong and fair UN agreement to tackle climate change in Copenhagen, Nnimmo Bassey, Chair of Friends of the Earth International, said:

“Copenhagen has been an abject failure. Justice has not been done. By delaying action, rich countries have condemned millions of the world’s poorest people to hunger, suffering and loss of life as climate change accelerates. The blame for this disastrous outcome is squarely on the developed nations.

“We are disgusted by the failure of rich countries to commit to the emissions reductions they know are needed, especially the US, which is the world's largest historical emitter of greenhouse gases. In contrast African nations, China and others in the developing world deserve praise for their progressive positions and constructive approach. Major developing countries cannot be blamed for the failure of rich industrialised countries.”

A confidential United Nations paper leaked on December 17 predicts that average temperatures rise will far exceed the 2 degree threshold set by the UN even if current international pledges are fully implemented. This is effectively a death sentence for many in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries, including small island states, who had demanded a limit of 1.5 degrees.

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Biophile Magazine -- » Whale Wars and Dangerous Vegans

Biophile Magazine -- » Whale Wars and Dangerous Vegans

“Sometimes, when people do not see the path through enlightenment,
you must scare the hell out of them first”.

--- The Dalai Lama, speaking to the crew of the Farley Mowat.

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GM Crops Implicated in Honeybee Colony Collapse

Biophile Magazine -- » GM Crops Implicated in Honeybee Colony Collapse

As the disappearance of honeybees continues, researchers are trying desperately to discover the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). General concensus at this point is that there is more than once cause and the latest culprit may be genetically modified crops. This is one area of research being neglected as mainstream scientists insist GM crops are safe.

For the last 100 years, beekeepers have experienced colony losses from bacteria, (foulbrood), mites (varroa and tracheal) and other pathogens. These problems are dealt with by using antibiotics, miticides and and other methods of pest management. Losses are slow and expected and beekeepers know how to limit the destruction. This new mass die-off is different in that it is virtually instantaneous with no warning of the impending collapse.

John McDonald, a bee keeper in Pennsyvania with a background in biology, speculated that genetically modified crops could play a role in CCD. Although the government constantly reassures us that these genetic manipulations are safe for both humans and the environment, his hope is that looking more closely at these issues might raise

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Wasting Away - The Center for Public Integrity


The Center for Public Integrity is dedicated to producing original investigative journalism about significant public issues to make institutional power more transparent and accountable.

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2007 — By the Environmental Protection Agency’s accounting, the Superfund hazardous waste site program has cleaned up only 319 of the 1,564 sites ever listed to the point where they can be deleted from the list.

An additional 61 sites are proposed to be added, bringing the total Superfund list of sites to 1,623.

Search Superfund Sites by State - Easy to search by 'Click on a state' to find status of sites, maps of locations and other details.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Biophile Magazine -- » 2050: the last gorilla

Biophile Magazine -- » 2050: the last gorilla

The gorilla is threatened with extinction by the mid-21st century if poaching and destruction of its habitat continue at the current rate, the United Nations...

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Unilever acts over Greenpeace’s palm oil claims

Unilever acts over Greenpeace’s palm oil claims

Unilever has halted all purchases of palm oil from Indonesian company PT SMART after a Greenpeace report alleged that its parent group Sinar Mas is engaged in widespread illegal deforestation and peatland clearance in Indonesia.

Recent report:
Illegal forest clearance and RSPO (Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil) greenwash: Case studies of Sinar Mas, the company is “…engaging in practices which release vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and help Indonesia win the title of the world’s third largest greenhouse gas emitter, after China and the US.”

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Palm oil: Cooking the Climate | Greenpeace International

Palm oil: Cooking the Climate Greenpeace International

Indonesia — If, as you read this, you're tucking into a KitKat or dipping into a tube of Pringles, you might be interested to know that these products contain palm oil that is linked to the destruction of forests and peatlands in Indonesia. As our new report "How the palm oil industry is cooking the climate" shows, it's a recipe for disaster.

The manufacturers of these products - Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever - are sourcing their palm oil from suppliers who aren't picky about where they site their plantations. As the volunteers at the Forest Defenders Camp in Sumatra have seen, this includes tearing up areas of pristine forest then draining and burning the peatlands.Indonesia's peatlands act as huge carbon stores so replacing them with plantations them not only threatens the amazing biodiversity, including the rare Sumatran tiger, it also releases huge volumes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. They only cover 0.1 per cent of the land on Earth, but thanks in part to the activities of the palm oil industry they contribute 4 per cent to global emissions. If expansion of the palm oil industry continues unabated, that figure can only rise.

All this is a little unnerving as the three companies mentioned above are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a group of retailers, manufacturers and suppliers who also include multinational suppliers Cargill and ADM. The aim of the group is to create clear standards for producing sustainable palm oil but at present those standards are far too weak to ensure that forests and peatlands are not destroyed to meet growing demand for palm oil.
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Friday, December 18, 2009

Ape Alliance - Gorilla Groups

Ape Alliance - Gorilla Groups

The following organisations are working to protect Gorillas, or are involved in their study and care:

Animal Defenders InternationalMillbank TowerMillbank LondonSW1P 4QPPhone: +44 (0)20 7630 3340Fax: +44 (0)20 7828 2179
Web (en): click for contact form
Ape Action Africa, formerly Cameroon Wildlife Aid FundApe Action Africa CWAF , YAOUNDE CAMEROONB.P 20072 YaoundePhone: (+237) 220 75 79
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Berggorilla & Regenwald DirekthilfeRolf BrunnerLerchenstr. 545473 Muelheim,Germany
Web (en): www.berggorilla.orgWeb (de): www.berggorilla.orgEmail: click for contact form
Born Free FoundationWill Travers CEO3 Grove HouseFoundry LaneHorshamWest SussexRH13 5PLPhone: +44 (0)1403 240 170Fax: +44 (0)1403 327 838
Web (en): click for contact form
Bristol Zoo GardensBryan CarrollCliftonBristolBS8 3HA
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Bushmeat Crisis Task ForceHeather Evesc/o The Wildlife Conservation Society2300 Southern BoulevardBronx, New York 10460718-220-5100
Web (en): www.bushmeat.orgEmail: click for contact form
Bushmeat ProjectDr. Anthony RoseBiosynergy InstituteP O Box 3430 Palos VerdesCalifornia 90274 USA
Web (en): bushmeat.netEmail: click for contact form
Canadian Ape Alliancec/o University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics88 College StreetToronto, ON M5G 1L4Canada
Web (en): click for contact form
Conservation International2011 Crystal DriveSuite 500 ArlingtonVA 22202USAPhone: (703) 341-2400 USA
Web (en):
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund - International800 Cherokee Ave., SEAtlanta, Georgia 30315-1440USAPhone: +800-851-0203Fax: +404-624-5999
Web (en): www.gorillafund.orgEmail: click for contact form
Durrell Wildlife Conservation TrustLes Augres ManorLa Profonde RueTrinityJerseyChannel Islands JE3 5BPPhone: +44(0)1534 860000Fax: +44(0)1534 860001
Web (en): www.durrellwildlife.orgEmail: click for contact form
Forests Monitor69A Lensfield RoadCambridgeCB2 1ENPhone: +44 (0)1223 360975Fax: +44 (0)1223 359048
Web (en): www.forestsmonitor.orgEmail: click for contact form
Friends of ConservationKensington Charity Centre Charles House375 Kensington High Street London W14 8QHPhone: +44(0)20 7603 5024Fax: +44(0)207828 4856
Web (en): www.foc-uk.comEmail: click for contact form
Gearing up for Gorilas (G4G)Linda Nunn87 Chapel Farm CottageGussage St. AndrewBlandfordDT11 8DLUKPhone: 01725 553149
Web (en): click for contact form
Gorilla HavenJane DewarP O Box 210Morganton GA 30560USA
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Gorilla OrganizationJillian Miller110 Gloucester AvenueLondonNW1 8HXPhone: +44 20 7483 2681 Fax: +44 20 7722 0928
Web (en): www.gorillas.orgEmail: click for contact form
Great Ape Project714 North 97th StreetSeattleWA 98103Phone: 206-579-5975
Web (en): www.greatapeproject.orgEmail: click for contact form
Great Ape Trust of IowaDr Benjamin Beck4200S.E. 44th AvenueDes Moines, Iowa 50320Phone: +515 243 3580Fax: +515 243 8997
Web (en): www.GreatApeTrust.orgEmail: click for contact form
Great Apes Film Initiative (GAFI)Madelaine Westwood2 Westfield Cottage,Westfield, Medmenham, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 2HQPhone: 01491 575 017
Web (en): click for contact form
Humane Society of Canada409-120 Carlton StToronto ON M5A 4K2CanadaPhone: +416 368 0405/1948
Web (en):
Humane Society US2100 L Street NW Washington DC20037
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International Fund for Animal Welfare87-90 Albert EmbankmentLondon SE1 7UDPhone: +44 (0)20 7587 6700Fax: +44 (0)20 7587 6720
Web (en): www.ifaw.orgEmail: click for contact form
International Gorilla Conservation Programme (UK)c/o African Wildlife FoundationP O Box 48177NairobiKenyaPhone: 254 2710367Fax: +254 2710372
Web (en):
International Primate Protection League (U.K.)Gilmore House166 Gilmore RoadLondon SE13 5AEPhone: +44 (0)20 8297 2129Fax: +44 (0)20 8297 2099
Web (en): www.ippl-uk.orgEmail: click for contact form
International Ranger FederationGordon MillerFold Head CottageGrindsbrook BoothEdaleHope ValleyDerbyshireS33 7ZDUKPhone: 00 44(0) 1433 670210
Web (en): click for contact form
IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist GroupJohn M. Aguiar, CoordinatorConservation International2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 500Arlington, Virginia 22202-3787Phone: (703) 341-2400 USA
Web (en):
John Aspinall FoundationPeter LitchfieldPort LympneNr. HytheKentCT21 6HH
Web (en):
Les Amis des Animaux au CongoClaudine André
Web (en): click for contact formEmail (secondary): click for contact form
Pandrillus - Limbe Wildlife Centre, CameroonBP 878LimbeSouth-West ProvinceCameroon
Email: click for contact formEmail (secondary): click for contact form
Pole Pole Foundation (PoPoF)John KahekwaBP 506CyanguguRwanda
Web (en): click for contact form
Primate Society of Great BritainBramley Lane FarmHigher Kinnerton Chester CH4 9AX UKPhone: +44(0) 1334 467174
Web (en): www.psgb.orgEmail: click for contact form
Primate Taxon Advisory GroupPO Box 20Mosman NSW 2088Australia
Web (en): click for contact form
Restore UKPO Box 310,Epsom, Surrey KT17UKPhone: 01737 355458Fax: 01737 355496
Web (en): www.restoreuk.orgEmail: click for contact form
Rettet den Regenwald e.V. (Rainforest Rescue)Friedhofsweg 2822337 HamburgPhone: +49 40 4103804Fax: +49 40 4500144
Web (de): www.regenwald.orgEmail: click for contact form
Support for African/Asian Great ApesPhone: 81-568-63-0547 Fax: 81-568-62-2428
Web (en): www.saga-jp.orgEmail: click for contact form
Volcanoes Safaris447 Linen Hall162 Regent StreetLondon W1B 5TEPhone: +44 (0)870 8708480 Fax: +44 (0) 870 8708481
Web (en): www.volcanoessafaris.comEmail: click for contact form
Wild Planet EcoprojectWolfgang HeilmannWild Planet Ecoproject VereinMännedorf 8708 Alte Landstrasse 370, SchweizWPE - Wild Planet Ecoproject Association c/o Better World Cameroon,P.O. Box 30801 YaoundeTam Tam WeekendByem-Assi, YaoundeCameroon
Web (en): www.wildplanetecoproject.orgEmail: click for contact form
WildlifelineTammy Marlar3rd FloorQueens House1 Leicester PlaceLondon WC2H 7BPUKPhone: 0845 130 6170
Web (en): www.wildlifeline.orgEmail: click for contact form
World Society for the Protection of Animals89 Albert EmbankmentLondonSE1 7TPUnited KingdomPhone: +44 (0)20 7587 5000Fax: +44 (0)20 7793 0208
Web (en): click for contact form
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WWF-UKChristian ThompsonPanda HouseCatteshall LaneGodalmingSurreyGU7 1XRPhone: +44 (0)1483 426444Fax: +44 (0)1483 426409
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Zoological Society of LondonRegents ParkLondonNW1 4RYPhone: +44 (0)20 7449 6610Fax: +44 (0)20 7586 2870
Web (en): www.zsl.orgEmail: click for contact form

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Links | The Orangutan Conservancy | Wild Orangutan Protection | Orangutan Reintroduction | Orangutan Research & Education

Links The Orangutan Conservancy Wild Orangutan Protection Orangutan Reintroduction Orangutan Research & Education

Orangutan Programs
Australian Orangutan Project
Sumatran orangutans
Great Ape Trust
Gunung Leuser National Park
Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Project
The Nature Conservancy Discovers Large Population of Orangutans in Borneo
Orangutan Foundation U.K.
The Orang Utan Republik
Orangutan Health
Orangutan Outreach
Orangutan Sanctuary, Dr. Anne Russon: In-depth information and resources for people dedicated to facilitating the reintroduction of orangutan populations to their natural habitats.
Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Project (SOCP)
Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS)
About BOS Foundation
The Bornean Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS-Indonesia)
BOS Indonesia’s site in Bahasa Indonesia`
Life’s Picture of the Day (April 9)
Other Primate Links
The Ape Alliance
Apenheul Primate Park
The Bushmeat Crisis Task Force
Center for Great Apes
Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
Duke University Primate Center
Free click to help save Primates - click on this site to generate a donation for free!
Gibbon Conservation Center
Gibbon Network
Gibbon Rehabilitation on the Island of Borneo
Gorilla Haven
Great Ape Survival Project (GRASP)
The Great Ape Project (G.A.P.)
Canadian Ape Alliance
International Primate Protection League (IPPL)
Jane Goodall Institute
Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
National Geographic article – “Near Total Ape-Habitat Loss Foreseen By 2030″
Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park
Primate Info Net Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center
Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN)
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Nature Alert: Malaysia to allow logging in indigenous 'peace park' to proceed


Nature Alert: Malaysia to allow logging in indigenous 'peace park' to proceed

FYI - The oil palm industry is responsible for the killing of tens of thousands of orangutans. Killing a single orangutan is illegal in Indonesia, which makes you wonder why not one oil palm company has been prosecuted for the mass slaughter which continues to this day.
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Nature Alert: SHAME ON SPICERS Limited

Nature Alert: SHAME ON SPICERS Limited



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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Angry Mermaid - by Friends of the earth International

Danish PM tries to derail UN climate talks; Friends of the Earth suspended from the conferecne — Friends of the Earth International

Danish PM tries to derail UN climate talks; Friends of the Earth suspended from the conferecne — Friends of the Earth International

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK, December 16, 2009 – Friends of the Earth International denounced today an attempt by the Danish Prime Minister to derail the U.N negotiations in favour of rich countries and condemned the exclusion of critical civil society voices -including Friends of the Earth- from the UN Climate conference.
"The Danish Prime Minister is trying to push an illegitimate process which is opposed by many developing countries as well as civil society. This untrasparent Danish initiative must be abandoned and the legitimate UN process restored. The last draft we saw from the Danish Prime minister favored US positions and undermined binding mitigation targets for developed countries, said Lars Haltbrekken from Friends of the Earth Norway.The UN negotiations process is also criticized by civil society observers, many of which have been progressively excluded from the talks during the past week. Today, members of Friends of the Earth groups from around the world who arrived at the U.N. Bella Center to take part as official observers in the negotiations were told that their badges were no longer valid.The Friends of the Earth delegation has been taking part in the negotiations over the past two weeks. When the delegation arrived today, all campaigners were denied access despite the fact that they were holding all the official UN badges as well as secondary admission passes needed today.“We are surprised and shocked that Friends of the Earth member groups from around the world and other non-governmental organizations have been denied access to the negotiations this morning.

"Our organizations represent millions of people around the world and provide a critical voice promoting climate justice inside the UN. On the inside and the outside, all the rules have gone out the window - organizations such as Friends of the Earth that support peaceful action are being barred while developing countries concerns are being trampled in the plenary.

"Solving climate change needs participation from all of us, not just the rich and powerful,” said Nnimmo Bassey, Chair of Friends of the Earth International.

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Help Friends of the Earth get back into the talks at Copenhagen

Help Friends of the Earth get back into the talks at Copenhagen

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Take Action for the Center for Biological Diversity

Take Action for the Center for Biological Diversity

Ask Obama to Support 350 PPM Goal

Atmospheric carbon dioxide currently stands at about 387 parts per million. Scientists, including the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and James Hansen of NASA, have called on world leaders to reduce that level to 350 parts per million. Doing so will require the United States to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent or more below 1990 levels by 2020.

Studies have concluded that 35 percent of species could be committed to extinction by 2050 if current emissions trajectories continue. But many of these extinctions can be prevented if greenhouse gas emissions are cut.

In celebration of the International Day of Climate Action on October 24, we need you to help us take action to save these species and the thousands of others at risk from runaway climate change.

With President Barack Obama preparing for international climate negotiations in Copenhagen this December, the time to act is now.

Please sign our petition urging President Obama to follow the science and support a 350 ppm goal for any legislation or negotiated international agreement.
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Saturday, October 31, 2009

SOS-Seaturtle Bali Petition

Up to 10 years ago, an average of 20,000 sea turtles were slaughtered on Bali to provide meat for "ritual purposes".

As a result of the dedication of tourists, sea turtle conservationists, and local conservation groups a ban on killing sea turtles was implemented.

But now, the government plans to allow the slaughter of 1000 sea turtles annually, a number that will be impossible to enforce and will result in much greater slaughter.


    Visit the website for a petition, video and more information

"Video - Bali Slaghterhouse"

(message from the founder of sos sea turtles)

The gory reality of how the sea turtles are being slaughtered on Bali !

About a year ago we could proudly announce that the campaign to stop the slaughter of sea turtles on Bali had been a success.

The cages and slaughterhouses in Tanjung Benoa are now all empty and no more turtles are being traded in public places. While it is still possible to find some animals on the black market but they are now hard to find. The number of killed and traded animals have dropped around 90 percent since the onset of the campaign!

There were reasons to be proud. After an eight year battle against the Turtle mafia we seem to have won the war. Yet the issue is now rising its ugly head again. Thanks to an intensive lobby by various interest groups, the Balinese Government are now considering permitting the killing and trading of a thousand sea turtles per year ...for Balinese rituals.

Obviously such a decision will open the floodgates to uncontrolled killing once again and it will be impossible to control the number of animals slaughtered!

We need to react now!

It is not too late to act. The opposition and the Pro Fauna organization in engaged in ongoing discussions on various political levels. But they need our immediate support.

SOS-Seaturtles is already financially supporting the entire administration as well as initiating a petition during which thousands of letters of protest will be sent to the authorities.

We are very concerned for Bali's sea turtles and don’t consider such a decision just a domestic issue.

Watch the video from Bali on the link below. This movie was filmed a decade ago. Do you want this to happen again?

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009



Her name is Green, she is alone in a world that doesn’t belong to her. She is a female orang-utan, victim of deforestation and resource exploitation. This film is an emotional journey with Green’s final days. It is a visual ride presenting the treasures of rainforest biodiversity and the devastating impacts of logging and land clearing for palm oil plantations. As we watch the effects of consumerism and economic development, we are faced with our personal accountability in the orang-utans’ present extinction.


Sinar Mas Group – Indonesia - Salim Group – Indonesia - Barito Pacific Group – Indonesia - Bakrie & Brothers Group – Indonesia - Tanjung Lingga – Indonesia - Astra International - Indonesia - Djajanti Group – Indonesia - Kalimanis Group – Indonesia - Kayu Lapis Group – Indonesia - Korindo Group – Indonesia - Gudang Garam – Indonesia - Raja Garuda Mas Group – Indonesia - PT Uniseraya Group - Indonesia - PT Diamond Raya – Indonesia - Mitra Usaha Sejati Abadi (MUSA) – Indonesia - Surya Dumai – Indonesia - Sumalindo Lestari Jaya Group - Indonesia - PT Inhutani - Indonesia - Benua Indah Group – Indonesia - Lyman Group – Indonesia - Alas Kusuma Group - Indonesia - Sumber Mas Group Samarinda - Indonesia - Hasko Group – Indonesia - Central Cipta Murdaya Group – Indonesia - PT Tanjung Kreasi - Indonesia Rimbunan Hijau – Malaysia - WTK Group – Malaysia - Samling Global Limited - Malaysia - Kerwara Limited – Malaysia

Sinar Mas Group- Indonesia - Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) – Indonesia - Indah Kiat – Indonesia - Kertas Nusantura - Indonesia - Kalimanis Group – Indonesia - Raja Garuda Mas – Indonesia - Kiani Kertas – Indonesia - Raja Garuda Mas International – Indonesia - Asia Pacific Ressources International Holdings (APRIL) – Indonesia - PT Inti Indorayon Utama – Indonesia - PT Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper - Indonesia - PT Tanjung Enim Lestari Pulp and Paper (TEL) - Indonesia - PT Musi Hutan Persada Pacific Timber – Indonesia - PT Arara Abadi – Indonesia United Fiber System Limited (Unifiber) - Singapore - Jaakko Pöyry - Finland

Sinar Mas Group - Indonesia - Astra Agro Lestari – Indonesia - Raja Garuda Mas International – Indonesia - Asian Agri – Indonesia - Salim Group - Indonesia - Inti Indosawit Subur - Indonesia - Musim Mas Group – Indonesia - Duta Palma – Indonesia - Inexco – Indonesia - Indofood Sukses Makmur – Indonesia - Makin Group – Indonesia - London Sumatra – Indonesia - Bakrie and Brothers – Indonesia - Anglo Eastern Plantations Plc – Indonesia - First Resources Limited – Indonesia - Agro Group – Indonesia - Austindo Nusantara Jaya – Indonesia - Surya Dumai Group - Indonesia Sime Darby Group – Malaysia - IOI Group – Malaysia - JC Chang Group – Malaysia - Guthrie – Malaysia - Golden Hope – Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur Kepong – Malaysia - Asiatic Development – Malaysia - Boustead Holdings – Malaysia - United Plantations – Malaysia - IJM Plantations – Malaysia - Tradewinds Plantation – Malaysia Golden Agri – Singapore - CTP Holdings Pte Ltd – Singapore Wilmar / Kuok / ADM - USA - Cargill - USA MP Evans Group – United Kingdom Socfindo – Belgium

World Bank - International Monetary Fund (IMF) - International Finance Corporation (IFC) - World Trade Organization (WTO) - Asian Development Bank (ADB) - World Resources Institute (WRI) THE CREDIT AGENCIES COFACE – France - Export Credits Guarentee Department (ECGD) – United Kingdom - Export Import Bank (EX-IM) – USA - Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund – Japan - Finnvera - Finland - Export Development Canada - Canada - Export Credit Guarantee Board – Sweden - CellMark - Sweden - Gerling-NCM - Germany - National Machinery Equipment Import Export Corporation (CMEC) – China - China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation - China THE BANKS AND INSURERS Sinar Mas Bank – Indonesia - ABN Amro Bank – Indonesia - Bank Central Asia - Indonesia - Bank Mandiri – Indonesia - Babobank Duta - Indonesia - Bank DBS – Indonesia - Bank Panin – Indonesia - Bank Resona Perdania – Indonesia - Danareksa Securities – Indonesia OCBC Bank – Singapore - DBS Bank – Singapore - AFC Merchant Bank - Singapore CIBM Group – Malaysia - Malayan Banking - Malaysia SOCFIN – Belgium - Sipet – Belgium - Bank Brussels Lambert – Belgium Raifeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG – Austria - Andritz – Austria Rabobank – Netherlands - ING Bank- Netherlands - Fortis Bank – Netherlands German Development Bank (DEG) – Germany - Deutsche Bank – Germany - Commerzbank – Germany - HSH Nordbank AG – Germany HSBC – United Kingdom - Legal & General – United Kingdom - Barclays – United Kingdom - Standard Chartered Bank - United Kingdom - Royal Bank of Scotland – United Kingdom - Edinburgh Java Trust – United Kingdom - Collins Stewart – United Kingdom - Loyds Bank – United Kingdom - Numis Corporation – United Kingdom - Astra Zeneca – Sweden / United Kingdom UBS – Switzerland - Credit Suisse – Switzerland - Goldman Sachs - Switzerland Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi (UFJ) – Japan - Mizuho Bank - Japan Vivendi Water – France - Natixis – France - BNP Paribas - France - Credit Agricole – France - AXA – France - Société Générale – France Citibank – USA - Cornell Capital Partners – USA - Merrill Lynch – USA - Morgan Stanley – USA - JP Morgan Chase – USA - Lehman Brothers – USA - Amroc – USA - Blackrock – USA

President of the Republic of Indonesia and many more…

Industrial Group - Singapore - Aeonic International Trade - Singapore - Wajilam Exports – Singapore - Jason Parquet - Singapore - Neeshai Trading – Singapore - Nature Wood - SIngapore - Chippel Overseas Supplies – Singapore - Tong Hin Timber Group - Singapore - Sitra Holdings – Singapore - Chiang Leng Hup Plywood - Singapore - Pargan - Singapore - Sunlight Mercantile – Singapore - Sunrise Doors International - Singapore - Wason Industries – Singapore - Dowlet Trading Enterprises – Singapore Pan Majestic Holdings – Malaysia - Acmeco Ventures – Malaysia - Flooring Box - Malaysia - Hok Lai Timber - Malaysia - Kim Teck Lee Timber Flooring – Malaysia - McCorry Group - Malaysia Sumec International Technology Trade – China - Jiangsu Kuaile Wood Industry Group – China - Xiamen Xinda Import Export Trading Company – China - Sino Forest Corporation – China - Celandine Co. – China Montague Meyer – United Kingdom - Wolseley Group – United Kingdom - Homebase – United Kingdom - Habitat – United Kingdom - International Plywood – United Kingdom - Premier Forest Products – United Kingdom - Kingfisher Group (B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôts, Hornbach) – United Kingdom - John Lewis – United Kingdom - Travis Perkins - United Kingdom - Kiani – United Kingdom - Wolseley Group – United Kingdom - Maison du Monde – United Kingdom - Jewson – United Kingdom - Allied Carpets – United Kingdom - Caledonian Plywood - United Kingdom - Cipta - United Kingdom - Wood International Agency - United Kingdom Armstrong World Industries - USA - Lowe’s - USA - Koch Industries Inc. - USA - Chesapeake Hardwoods – USA - Plywood Tropics – USA - Geogia Pacific – USA - Taraca Pacific – USA - North Pacific Lumber – USA` - Far East American – USA - IHLO sales & Imports - USA - The Home Depot – USA Les Mousquetaires (Bricomarché) - France - Leroy Merlin – France - Saint Gobain Group (Point P / Lapeyre / Jewson / Raab Karcher / Dahl) - France - Maison Coloniale - France - Pier Import - France Pont Meyer – Netherlands - Hoek Lopik – Netherlands - Oldeboom – Netherlands Tarkett - Germany - Possling – Germany - Roggemenn – Germany Daiken – Japan - Seihuko – Japan - Nippindo – Japan Kahrs - Sweden - IKEA – Sweden DLH Group – Denmark - Junckers – Denmark Finnforest - Finland FEPCO – Belgium Glencore International – Switzerland Goodfellow – Canada

United Fiber System Limited (Unifiber) – Singapore - PaperlinX Asia - Singapore International Paper Company – USA - Weyerhaeuser Company – USA - Kimberly-Clark - USA - MeadWestvaco Corporation - USA - Procter & Gamble - USA - Koch Industries - USA OJI Paper – Japan - Nippon Paper Group - Japan - Sumitomo Forestry Co - Japan - Marubeni Corporation - Japan - Itochu -Japan - Marubeni – Japan - Sojitz – Japan Stora Enso Oyj - Finland - UPM-Kymmene Corporation - Finland - Metsälliitto - Finland Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA) – Sweden - Cellmark – Sweden Bomo-Cypap Pulp and Paper– Cyprus

Sinar Mas Group – Indonesia - Permata Hijau Sawit – Indonesia - Golden Agri – Indonesia - Indofood Sukses Makmur – Indonesia - Arnott Indonesia – Indonesia Wilmar Group – Singapore - Charleston Holdings (Tropical Oil Products) - Singapore - Pacific Rim Plantations Services – Singapore - Olam International - Singapore - Intercontinental Oils and Fats – Singapore - Lam Soon - Singapore Kuok Group – Malaysia - Sime Darby – Malaysia - Giant – Malaysia - Mitsui & Co – Malaysia - Yee Lee Corporation – Malaysia - Intercontinental Specialty Fats - Malaysia SSD Oils Mills Co – India - Nirma – India - Hindustan Lever – India - Godrej Industries – India China Grains & Oils Group Corporation – China - China National Vegetable Oil Corporation – China - Beijing Orient-Huaken Cereal & Oil – China - Beijing Heyirong Cereals & Oils – China Cargill - USA - Bunge – USA - Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) - USA - Kentuky Fried Chicken (KFC) - USA - Kraft - USA - ConAgra Trade Group Inc. – USA - Reckitt Benckiser - USA - Procter & Gamble - USA - Johnson & Johnson – USA - Wal-Mart - USA - Hershey - USA - Kroger Co - USA - Shaw’s – USA - Safeway Inc – USA - Costco Wholesale Corporation – USA - Kroger Co – USA - Pepsi Co Inc. - USA - Krafts Food Inc. - USA - SYSCO - USA - Pizza Hut -USA - Mc Cain - USA - Burger King – USA - Mc Donalds – USA - US Foodservice – USA - Aramark – USA - Estée Lauder – USA - McKee Foods Corporation – USA - Kellogg's – USA - Starbuck – USA - Colgate Palmolive – USA - Safeway – USA - Shaw’s – USA - Albertson’s – USA - Ahold – USA - Sara Lee Corporation - USA Unilever - Netherlands / United Kingdom - HJ Heinz – United Kingdom - Cadbury Schweppes – United Kingdom - Body Shop International – United Kingdom - Tesco - United Kingdom - Sainsbury's – United Kingdom - Boots – United Kingdom - Marks and Spencer – United Kingdom - Macphilips Foods – United Kingdom - Compas Group – United Kingdom - Associated British Foods – United Kingdom - Tate & Lyle – United Kingdom - Musgrave – United Kingdom - John Lewis Partnership – United Kingdom - Co-operative Group – United Kingdom - ASDA – United Kingdom - Britannia Food Ingredients – United Kingdom - United Biscuits – United Kingdom - Aarhus – United Kingdom - Northern Foods plc – United Kingdom - Burton’s Foods Ltd – United Kingdom - Croda – United Kingdom - Whitbread Group – United Kingdom - ICI – United Kingdom - ASDA – United Kingdom - Waitrose – United Kingdom - Morrisons – United Kingdom Carrefour – France - Edouard Leclerc - France - Auchan – France - Pinault Printemps Redoute – France - Danone – France - Gillette – France - SAS Devineau – France - L’Oréal – France Henkel - Germany - Cognis – Germany - Alfred C Toepfer International – Germany - Metro Group – Germany - Aldi Group – Germany - Schwarz Group – Germany - Rewe – Germany - Cognis – Germany - Cremer Oleo – Germany - Walter Rau – Germany - ALDI Group – Germany Goodman Fielder – Australia - Gardner Smith – Australia - Coles Group – Australia - Australian Food – Australia - Woolworths Limited – Australia - Arnott's - Australia Foodstuffs – New Zealand - Progressive Enterprises – New Zealand Ahold NV - Nertherlands - CSM – Netherlands - Cefetra – Netherlands - Glencore Grain – Netherlands - Nidera – Netherlands - Akzo Nobel - Netherlands Nestlé - Switzerland - Barry Callebaut – Switzerland - Glencore International – Switzerland - Lindt – Switzerland - Florin – Switzerland - Nutriswiss – Switzerland - Coop – Switzerland - Migros - Switzerland DaiEi – Japan - Kao Corporation – Japan - Saraya Co Ltd – Japan - Fuji Oil Group – Japan - Mitsubishi Corporation – Japan - Myojo Foods – Japan - Rainbow Energy Corporation - Japan Arthur Goethels – Belgium - Delhalze Group – Belgium - FEDIOL - Belgium Danisco – Denmark - Dragsbaek – Denmark Goteborts Kex – Sweden - Cloetta Fazer – Sweden Mills DA – Norway - Orkla Group – Norway - Saetre Kjeks – Norway Kantolan Keksi – Finland Musgrave Budgens Longis - Ireland Savola – Saudi Arabia Thai President Foods - Thailand

Wilmar Group - Singapore - Continental BioEnergy – Singapore Carotino Sdn Bhd - Malaysia - Zurex Corporation – Malaysia - SPC Biodiesel – Malaysia - DXN Oleochemicals - Malaysia - PT Vision Renewable fuels - Malaysia Natural Fuel – Australia - PME Biofuels – Australia - Mission NewEnergy Limited – Australia - Sterling Bioduels - Australia Biofuels Corporation – United Kingdom - Greenergy – United Kingdom - BP International – United Kingdom - D1 Oils –United Kingdom - EDF Energy – United Kingdom - WHEB Biofuels – United Kingdom Cargill – USA - BioFuel Merchants (BFM) – USA BioX Group – Netherlands Costal Energy limited – India ED&F Man Biofuels – France BioDiesel Oils – New Zealand Neste Oil – Finland OKQ8 - Sweden ECO Solutions Co – South Korea Rainbow Energy Corporation – Japan Biopetrol Industries - Switzerland



(POST from the film's blog

Today, consumerism, race for profit, economic and population growth are threatening the survival of the planet and of all life it holds. The footprint of mankind is growing too fast to allow a balanced cohabitation between our specie and all other living beings.

One of the most threatened environments of planet Earth is its tropical rainforest. The rainforest is a unique and extraordinary web of life of amazing complexity and beauty. But it is also particularly vulnerable.

The purpose of this site is to offer 3 eye-opening films on the 3 largest tropical rainforests of the world: the Amazon, the Congo Basin and the Indonesian forest. The films are meant to reach out to the hearts of people hoping to make us all want to protect the remaining rainforest on the planet.

The films are for free download with free copyright use for all private and public screenings. They are in international version accessible to all nationalities. They are produced independently, free of all commercial or political attachment.

At this time, only the film “GREEN” on the Indonesian forest is available for download. The film on the Amazon is presently in production and should be on line before July 2010. The film on the Congo Basin will follow.

Please feel free to download “GREEN” and share it by all available means. Please don’t hesitate to screen the film wherever you feel appropriate.

If you want a DVD please contact Green Planet. If you want to donate for the protection of the orangutans I recommend Orangutan Outreach.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

LUSH Cosmetics and WSPA partner to protect orangutans

In the last 10 years, 90 percent of the rainforest on the Southeast Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra has been destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations - plantations that supply palm oil for use in cosmetics, food and petroleum products. As the rainforest disappears, so too do the homes of orangutans who live there.

This gentle species of ape are found only in Borneo and Sumatra, and every year, roughly 5,000 die from being injured, orphaned or left homeless by the ever-expanding palm oil industry. Orangutans are now one of the ten most threatened species in the world. At the current rate of loss, it is possible that they will become extinct within ten years.

LUSH and WSPA are partnering to protect the endangered orangutans of Borneo LUSH Cosmetics believes that there are no sustainable sources of palm oil and is the first cosmetics company to commit to eliminating palm oil in its products.

To show their dedication they are selling the WSPA Charity Pot, a palm-oil-free hand and body cream, which will be in North American stores until early 2010.

Proceeds from the Charity Pot will help provide food and care for rescued orangutans who are undergoing rehabilitation at the WSPA-funded Nyaru Menteng sanctuary, run by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation.

As a special gift to WSPA supporters, LUSH is offering a 15% discount on their soap products, all of which are now palm-oil-free.

Get your free printable coupon for 15% off at LUSH

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