- Published: 01 December 2016
Kit-Kat chocolate bars, Pantene shampoo, Dove cosmetics and Colgate toothpaste: around half of the products in our supermarkets contain palm oil and palm-based ingredients. Palm oil is much sought after because it is cheap and versatile. Oils from palm fruit are processed into edible oils used for cooking and processed food such as chocolate, biscuits or cereal. It can also be made into ingredients such as glycerine used in laundry detergent and cosmetics like toothpaste, soap, shower cream and shampoo. Amnesty International spoke to 120 workers, including children, who work on palm plantations in Kalimantan and Sumatra in Indonesia and heard about the human rights abuses behind the ingredients many household brands.
- Published: 30 November 2016
Roads and railways are seen as the the way of progress. But they can also bring extinctions. According to the WWF, for example, in Asia the tiger is not only threatened by poachers, but also by massive infrastructure plans throughout the tiger landscapes that are putting at risk the recent gains in tiger conservation.
- Published: 12 November 2016
A Brazilian Indian leader at the forefront of his people’s struggle to reclaim their ancestral land has been assassinated. João Natalício Xukuru-Kariri was reportedly stabbed to death last month, outside his home. Seu João, as he was known, was heavily involved in the Xukuru-Kariri tribe’s campaign to live on their ancestral land, a right enshrined in Brazilian and international law.
- Published: 24 October 2016
At the recent CITES meeting held in Johannesburg, a decision was passed to list the entire Dalbergia genus in Appendix II of the CITES convention meaning only controlled trade in sustainable volumes will be allowed. By consensus CITES has placed the entire Dalbergia genus of rosewood under trade restrictions. CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, also called the Washington Convention) is an international agreement to ensure that international trade of wild animals and plants does not threaten the survival of their species. Demand, especially in Asia, has had a devastating impact on available resources in South‐East Asia and traffickers are now tapping alternative sources in Africa and Central America.
- Published: 21 October 2016
According to WWF, global demand for timber could triple by 2050. Demand for solid wood and paper products in emerging markets as population and economic growth takes place as well as increasing the use of wood as a feedstock for bioenergy. And, here is the shocking news - we don’t have all this timber. Lading countries that supply timber are either at the point of expiry or running at a deficit as forest resources are used without adequate provision for sustainable timber supply: Brazil has only 16 years of timber forests remaining, South Africa 7 years, Colombia 12 years, Mexico 9 years, Nigeria 11 years, Thailand 9 years and Pakistan 10 years.