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2009-12-21 13:25:00

Conservationists have warned that the world has less than 20 years left to save the orangutan, AFP reported. Experts say the charismatic red ape will become extinct if no action is taken to protect its jungle habitat, as deforestation and the expansion of palm oil plantations have taken a heavy toll in Malaysia and Indonesia, where there are thought to be 50-60,000 orangutans still living in the wild. Tsubouchi Toshinori from the Borneo Conservation Trust said the orangutans' habitat is...

2009-11-09 07:00:00

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia and ST. LOUIS, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and Orion Genomics today announced that a consortium co-led by the Advanced Biotechnology and Breeding Centre of MPOB and Orion Genomics has sequenced three oil palm genomes from two oil palm species, an important food and biofuel crop. This genome sequencing effort provides a comprehensive genetic blueprint of E. oleifera and E. guineensis including the pisifera and dura palms. In commercial...

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2009-10-22 13:27:50

Wildlife conservationists say a boom in palm oil -- used extensively for biofuel and processed food like margarine -- has affected the jungles in Borneo, endangering the already declining orangutan populations, AFP reported. Experts believe that among the 50,000 to 60,000 orangutans left in the wild, some 80 percent of them are in Indonesia and the rest in Malaysia's Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak. However, the charismatic red-haired apes will be virtually eliminated in the wild within...

2009-10-01 09:00:00

WASHINGTON and MIAMISBURG, Ohio, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Palm Oil, Timber and Carbon Offsets (POTICO), a project of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the NewPage Corporation, is making progress toward conserving rainforests in Indonesia by creating an ecologically and fiscally sustainable palm oil industry. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091001/CL82739-a ) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080514/NEWPAGELOGO ) (Logo:...

2009-09-29 02:30:00

Report exposes how attempts by environmental NGOs to restrict production, trade of palm oil (a sustainable oil) would harm successful strategies to end poverty, restrict opportunities for developing countries to reduce emissions BANGKOK, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today at the United Nations climate change meeting in Bangkok, the NGO World Growth released a new report exposing the damaging economic and environmental consequences for developing countries of misguided campaigns...

2009-06-24 14:05:00

MONTEREY, Calif., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Charles Fishel, Chairman of Abundant Biofuels Corporation, noted that "There are about 100 biodiesel refineries operating below capacity and another 47 idle refineries in the United States, alone." To help solve this problem, Abundant Biofuels provides standardized long-term contracts (5- or 10-years) in multiples of 50,000 barrels (2,100.000 gallons) of jatropha oil. Financing is available. Several U.S. biodiesel refiners soon will be...

2009-06-22 07:00:00

LAKE MARY, Fla., June 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Renewable fuels provider New Generation Biofuels Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: NGBF) today announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent with Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), an Autonomous Institution of the Government of Costa Rica. Under the terms of the letter of intent, ICE will evaluate NGBF's biofuels, leading ultimately to the potential licensing of NGBF technology and to the construction of its own biofuel production...

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2009-06-05 14:40:41

Writing in the peer-reviewed journal Conservation Letters on Friday, researchers noted that a system of selling credits to reduce carbon emissions in the Indonesian rainforest could provide a feasible method of conservation. Authors of the new report stated that paying to reduce rainforest carbon emissions could actually amount to more income than initiatives to use the deforested land for palm oil production. Lead researcher Oscar Venter, from the University of Queensland, focused his study...

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2009-06-05 07:30:00

New study is among first to show benefits that carbon payments could have for populations of endangered large mammals in tropical forests A new report published yesterday provides compelling evidence that paying to conserve billions of tons of carbon stored in tropical forests could also protect orangutans, pygmy elephants, and other wildlife at risk of extinction. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Conservation Letters, is one of the first to offer quantitative evidence...

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2009-05-01 09:51:37

In the last decade, Asian farmers have cleared tens of thousands of square miles of forests to accommodate the world's growing demand for palm oil, an increasingly popular food ingredient. Ancient peatlands have been drained and lush tropical forests have been cut down. As a result, the landscape of equatorial Asia now lies vulnerable to fires, which are growing more frequent and having a serious impact on the air as well as the land. A team of NASA-sponsored researchers have used satellites...


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