This great ape species was discovered 6 months ago and it’s already threatened by a dam

April 23, 2018 by  
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The Tapanuli orangutan was only discovered six months ago — and it’s already under threat of extinction from human development. Only 800 Tapanuli orangutans live in the wild today — however state-run Chinese company Sinohydro plans to construct a dam in northern Sumatra that will result in the deforestation of the orangutan’s habitat. If completed, the dam could pose an existential danger to the animals. Researchers fear that the construction of the  510 megawatt dam in the fragile Batang Toru ecosystem will result in the extinction of certain communities within the already vulnerable Tapanuli population. “Building the dam means chopping the orangutan population in half,” Borneo Futures director and orangutan expert Erik Meijaard told The Guardian . “You end up with two smaller populations, and these will have much reduced chances of survival, because a small population is more likely to go extinct than a large one.” Although Sinohydro did not include the orangutan in its environmental management plan, the Indonesian government approved the project. “The impact will not just be the destruction of the habitat where they want to build the dam and roads, tunnel, electricity lines,” scientist Gabriella Fredriksson explained to the Guardian , “but it will cause the extinction of two of the three sub-populations, and in addition create access and destroy the most important habitat of the only viable population left.” Related: UK researchers are developing an orangutan-safe alternative to palm oil “The Indonesian government needs to respect its own laws,” Meijaard said. “Orangutans are protected species. The Indonesian law clearly prohibits any actions that harm a protected species or its nests. It is obvious that the hydrodam is harming a protected species, so why does the government allow this?” Instead of building a dam, researcher Serge Wich suggested that the government pursue a geothermal project farther north from the orangutan habitat. According to Wich, this proposed project could yield one gigawatt of power, significantly more than the dam. The newly discovered orangutans are suffering under a broader extinction crisis, in which the large mammals of Sumatra, such as the Sumatran tiger , the Sumatran rhino and the Sumatran elephant have become critically endangered. Via The Guardian Images via Tim Laman and Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme

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UK researchers are developing an orangutan-safe alternative to palm oil

January 25, 2016 by  
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Researchers at the universities of Bath and York say they have developed an alternative to palm oil that is completely orangutan safe. The high demand for the oil of palm trees, harvested in the big apes’ habitat, threatens the livelihood of the already endangered species. If scientists are able to devise a suitable substitute, it may be possible to save the orangutans from further danger and possibly even from extinction. Read the rest of UK researchers are developing an orangutan-safe alternative to palm oil

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VIDEO: Procter & Gamble’s Dirty Practices are Destroying the Forest and Making Orphans Out of Baby Orangutans

March 13, 2014 by  
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Many of you may be familiar with Procter & Gamble’s “ Thank You, Mom ” campaign, which features several cute tots learning how to walk, swim, and more. But there’s another, less than adorable side to P&G that they’ve worked hard to keep under wraps. After conducting a yearlong investigation , Greenpeace has revealed that P&G has been sourcing its palm oil (an ingredient used in shampoos and other health and household products) from plantations that have decimated the forests of Indonesia. What’s even more shocking is that  the remains of multiple endangered orangutans have been found scattered throughout and just outside land owned by two major suppliers of the palm oil. Greenpeace recently released a video showing some of the damage that’s been done to the landscape and to the habitats of these endangered animals. Please take a moment to watch it above and share it with your family and friends. And if you’re one of the more than 5 billion people who use their products—which range from Pantene to Tide and Gillette—do consider boycotting P&G products for those that use sustainably harvested materials. You can also further urge the company to do the right thing by signing Greenpeace’s petition asking them to make their products ethically. SIGN THE PETITION HERE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: deforestation , endangered species , endangered wildlife , Greenpeace , greenpeace investigation , indonesia , orangutan graveyard , orangutans , palm oil plantations , palm oil production , Procter & Gamble        

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London’s Electric Car Sharing Program Gets a $166M Boost From French Billionaire Vincent Bolloré

March 13, 2014 by  
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Encouraged by the rapid success of the “Boris Bike” sharing program, London has announced plans for an electric car sharing network. French billionaire Vincent Bolloré , the brains and money behind Paris’ Autolib car sharing program, will reportedly spend $166 million on the Source London program. The financial infusion will be enough to quadruple the number of electric vehicle charging stations around London, ultimately equipping the city with 6,000 places to juice up an EV. Leon Daniels, head of surface transport at Transport for London (TfL), told the Guardian that the car sharing program is “one more big step” in improving air quality in the capital, one of the most polluted in Europe. Read the rest of London’s Electric Car Sharing Program Gets a $166M Boost From French Billionaire Vincent Bolloré Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Autolib , Bolloré BlueCar concept , collaborative consumption , electric car sharing in paris , EV car sharing , london car sharing , london electric car sharing , sharing economy , Vincent Bollore        

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Protesting Orangutans Invade Nestle Shareholders’ Meeting

April 17, 2010 by  
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Photo: Herbi Ditl (Flickr) Thanks to a tough gorilla marketing campaign and unrelenting online social media protests, the recent Nestle-vs-Greenpeace firestorm is getting interesting, with Nestle backpedaling, fast. Nestle’s latest public relations disaster over its use of unsustainable palm oil in its candy bars – sourced from rapidly-disappearing Indonesian rainforests – took a strange turn t… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Amazon Deforestation Down 51 Percent From This Time Last Year: So, What’s Working?

April 17, 2010 by  
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photo: Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) Amazon deforestation dropped 51 percent from August 2009 to February 2010 when compared to the same period from 2008 to 2009, according to figures released this week by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE). Much of the progress is due to Brazil’s newly established Green Arch, Legal Land Program . See how the program is working and if it can be replicated in other parts of the world

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