November 30, 2009 |
There is a holocaust happening. Right now. And it's not confined to one nation or even one region. It is a global crisis. Species are going extinct en masse. Every 20 minutes we lose an animal species. If this rate continues, by century's end, 50% of all living species will be gone. It is a phenomenon known as the sixth extinction. The fifth extinction took place 65 million years ago when a meteor smashed into the Earth, killing off the dinosaurs and many other species and opening the door for the rise of mammals.
October 19, 2008 |
In the rush to feed the world's growing appetite for climate-friendly fuel and cooking oil that doesn't clog arteries, the Bornean orangutan could get plowed over. Several plantation owners are eyeing Tanjung Puting park, a sanctuary for 6,000 of the endangered animals. It is the world's second-largest population of a primate that experts warn could be extinct in less than two decades if a massive assault on its forest habitat is not stopped.
May 19, 2008 |
While showering a few weeks ago, I realized I had run out of conditioner. So I reached up and grabbed my wife's bottle -- Clairol Herbal Essences Rainforest Flowers, "with essences of nourishing palm." The label caught me slightly by surprise. As an environmental journalist, I've been writing about the ecologically destructive effect of palm oil for some time now.
September 2, 2007 |
Naingolan shunts the excavator into high gear and tears into a patch of smoldering forest on Borneo island, clearing the way for yet another palm oil plantation that Indonesia hopes will tap into a surge in global demand for biofuels.
December 22, 2006 |
Malaysian conglomerate Sime Darby and two of its units Thursday agreed to sell their businesses, marking the first step toward a complex merger involving seven other companies that would create the world's No. 1 palm oil producer. The boards of Sime Darby, its 51%-owned Sime UEP Properties and 70%-owned Sime Engineering Services said they accepted an offer by Synergy Drive to buy their businesses and would ask shareholders to consider the merger plan.
January 23, 2006 |
By the time scientists understood the risks, trans fats were ubiquitous in food. A 2003 government report estimated that 95% of manufactured cookies contained them, and pretty much all crackers. But they've been used in many other foods besides: breads, peanut butter, frozen entrees, ice cream, creamers, puddings -- and, of course, margarine. Here are some of the fats that are now inching out the trans in those foods. * Liquid oils from familiar sources such as corn, canola, olive and safflower.