SciTotEnv | Certified “sustainable” palm oil took the place of endangered Bornean and Sumatran large mammals habitat and tropical forests in the last 30 years

SciTotEnv | Certified “sustainable” palm oil took the place of endangered Bornean and Sumatran large mammals habitat and tropical forests in the last 30 years

  • This study adopted an unprecedented historical perspective over a 30-year time series.
  • Remotely sensed imagery (1984–2020) of Sumatra and Borneo were analysed.
  • Deforestation showed a strong relation to the development of certified “sustainable” palm oil.
  • Currently certified oil palm plantations are also located in the 1990s large mammals habitat.

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PHYS | Hummingbirds show up when tropical trees fall down

PHYS | Hummingbirds show up when tropical trees fall down

Treefalls are a common and necessary occurrence in forests all over the world. As sunshine streams in from above, trees hunkered down in the understory finally get their chance to rise. Basking in the suddenly resource-rich environment, tropical trees and other plants produce nectar-filled flowers and fruit, important food sources for birds and other animals.

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GW | Palm Oil: the world’s environmental scapegoat

GW | Palm Oil: the world’s environmental scapegoat

Even when it comes to environmental protection (the sole reason why the EU was purportedly banning palm oil in the first place) the evidence falls short of the reasoning. While a ban on palm oil reduces the EU’s consumption of palm oil, this doesn’t automatically make the world a better place.

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