LIMA (Reuters) - Deforestation in Peru has slowed since peaking at nearly 180,000 hectares (700 square miles) in 2014 when swaths of the Amazon were illegally cleared for oil palm plantations, the head of the country's forest service said on Friday.
Indonesia may have laws stopping expansion of oil palm plantations into peat forests, but there are plenty of plantations grandfathered in, and a lack of law enforcement.
Land cleared in Indonesia for a palm oil plantation, photo: H Dragon/Creative Commons Confirming what previous studies have shown, new research from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows that the main threats to tropical forests a...
Demand for palm oil is driving deforestation in Borneo, as trees are cleared to make way for the planting of oil farm plantations, which will send carbon dioxide, a global-warming gas, into the atmosphere, new research shows.
Any notion that current palm oil production practices in southeast Asian peat swamp forests are environmentally responsible or sustainable in practice is ludicrous, say experts.