TEMPO | Korupsi politik perizinan sawit

TEMPO | Korupsi politik perizinan sawit

Problem sawit sama dengan masalah utama pemanfaatan sumber daya alam lain, yaitu ketertutupan informasi yang menghadirkan kecurigaan serta bentuk-bentuk perizinan koruptif, yang berakhir pada pemusatan kekayaan alam di kelompok-kelompok tertentu. Padahal, di era keterbukaan informasi, hampir mustahil menutupi keburukan atau kebaikan yang telah menjadi fakta.

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EMLC | The Kite of State. The Political Iconography of Kiting in the Dutch Republic 1600-1800

EMLC | The Kite of State. The Political Iconography of Kiting in the Dutch Republic 1600-1800

This article analyses the iconography of kiting in the Dutch Republic and the role kites played in the conceptualization of political order and conflict. We argue that the introduction of the kite in Europe around 1600 provided authors and artists with a new, multi-layered and dynamic symbol, to help understand and imagine the new political reality of the Dutch Republic. Although the kite in Europe was mainly perceived as a children’s game, leaving behind its more adult and sometimes violent Asian background, it acquired a serious and powerful set of meanings in texts and images. In competition with the traditional iconography of bubbles, Icarus, the Ship of State and the Body Politic, the kite provided new opportunities for cultural imagery. It facilitated the analysis and visualisation of complex phenomena such as the state system of the Dutch Republic, the interplay between Stadtholder and Land’s Advocate, the ambition of statesmen, and the international balance of power. The kite, a new technological device, helped to narrate the story of a proud Republic, based on technological accomplishments and moral superiority, and admired by other nations for its high flight.

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JP | We are not against palm oil, but against deforestation: Greenpeace

JP | We are not against palm oil, but against deforestation: Greenpeace

“If palm oil is banned, companies or governments might turn to other crops, which might replace palm oil’s role in deforestation [or even worsen it] in Indonesia and elsewhere. We support palm oil from producers or palm oil companies that aren’t destroying forests or exploiting people, and there’s plenty of palm oil that fits that bill,”

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1896: On the Influence of [Carbon Dioxide] in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground

1896: On the Influence of [Carbon Dioxide] in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground

1912 Coal Consumption Affecting Climate

By Prof. Svante Arrhenius
Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science Series 5, Volume 41, April 1896, pages 237-276.

This photocopy was prepared by Robert A. Rohde for Global Warming Art (http://www.globalwarmingart.com/) from original printed material that is now in the public domain.

Arrhenius’s paper is the first to quantify the contribution of carbon dioxide to the greenhouse effect (Sections I-IV) and to speculate about whether variations in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide have contributed to long-term variations in climate (Section V). Throughout this paper, Arrhenius refers to carbon dioxide as “carbonic acid” in accordance with the convention at the time he was writing.

Contrary to some misunderstandings, Arrhenius does not explicitly suggest in this paper that the burning of fossil fuels will cause global warming, though it is clear that he is aware that fossil fuels are a potentially significant source of carbon dioxide (page 270), and he does explicitly suggest this outcome in later work.

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Iceland | Why is Iceland against palm oil?

Iceland | Why is Iceland against palm oil?

There are many perfectly valid arguments in favour of palm oil. It is very high yielding, versatile – and cheap. We are well aware that alternatives use more land to produce the same volume of vegetable oil, which is why we have taken care to establish the provenance of all the palm oil replacements we are using in our Iceland own label products.

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Lyndsey Stripped | Why I’m not boycotting palm oil this Christmas or ever.

Lyndsey Stripped | Why I’m not boycotting palm oil this Christmas or ever.

So we’ve all seen the Iceland advert, if you haven’t well done for avoiding social media for the past week! The highly emotive cartoon features a baby Orang-utan whose rainforest home is being destroyed by human activity in order to produce palm oil.   The cartoon was actually produced by Greenpeace, which is the main reason why the Advertising Standards Agency decided to prevent the ad from being shown on TV. The advert dramatically highlights the devastating consequences the palm oil industry is having on wildlife habitats in Indonesia.  Because of this industry a shocking 270,000 hectares of rainforest is cleared annually to support the growing demand for this versatile commodity.

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SIWYOE | Palm Oil & Why You Shouldn’t Stop Using It

SIWYOE | Palm Oil & Why You Shouldn’t Stop Using It

The orangutan Iceland advert has been doing the rounds like crazy this week. Cool… It’s got everyone talking about palm oil and awareness is great. But, there is so much more to consider before you decide to completely avoid palm oil. Or before you give up trying altogether – which, is tempting when you realise just how many products it’s in. The entire thing is a total minefield. So, strap yourselves in and let’s learn about palm oil.

wildling.rocks back online

wildling.rocks back online

Over a year after the site was hacked, I finally reinstalled wildling.rocks from a backup. It looks like all the old posts are still there, but I need to do some manual linking and cleaning on old posts. I expect to be sharing several outstanding updates in the coming weeks… be prepared! Do read up again on AJA and SBR… there may be a lot more where that came from.

Gump n Hell

Gump n Hell

Gump n Hell is a great social protest activist, with excellent and very engaged cartoons. I always look forward to the latest critiques of the current affairs in Indonesia.

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