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Friends of the Earth’s blog is a staff-run blog that provides policy analysis, insight and commentary about the environment and other progressive issues, advances our campaigns, and builds momentum for a healthy and just world.

Let’s prevent palm oil from foreclosing on our climate future

Jan. 24, 2014 / Posted by: Jeff Conant / Categories: Blog, Economics for the Earth, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Climate change, Forests, Human rights, Indonesia, Jeff conant, Landgrabs, Palm oil, Wilmar

When we think about the causes of climate change, we tend to focus on energy generation and carbon emissions from fossil fuels; consequently, a lot of activity to curb climate disruption, such as 350.org’s Fossil Fuel Divestment campaign and...

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Guilty as charged: World Bank-funded palm oil company accused of murder in Honduras

Jan. 14, 2014 / Posted by: Jeff Conant / Categories: Blog, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Forests, Honduras, Human rights, Jeff conant, Palm oil, World bank

About a year ago, in March 2013, Friends of the Earth and a coalition of allied groups requested that the World Bank cease its support for Grupo Dinant, a Honduran palm oil company implicated in dozens of murders as well as other human rights abus...

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Stop Fast Track: Radio AM950 broadcasts on trade agreements and the environment

Jan. 6, 2014 / Posted by: Kate Colwell / Categories: Blog, Economics for the Earth / Tags: Am950, Bill waren, Friends of the earth, Froman, Ian levitt, Polluters' bill of rights, Tafta, The daily report, The progressive voice of minnesota, Tpp, Trans pacific partnership

On New Years Day, Ian Levitt, the host of The Daily Report on Minnesota radio station KTNF, devoted an hour of his program to the threat to the environment posed by pending Trans Atlantic and Trans Pacific trade agreements. These agreements could ...

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What's driving the palm oil industry's human rights abuses and environmental destruction? Just follow the money

Dec. 20, 2013 / Posted by: Jeff Conant / Categories: Blog, Oceans and Forests / Tags: Forests, Indonesia, Jeff conant, Landgrabs, Palm oil, Wilmar

If you’re an American looking to do your part to protect tropical rainforests, you need look no further than your kitchen pantry. As you’ve likely heard by now from Friends of the Earth and others, the world’s leading killer of t...

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