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Palm oil monoculture is palming off orangutans in record numbers. Today, less than 70,000 orangutans exist in small wild pockets in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. Populations are patchy and both species of orangutan are considered endangered, with conversion of land for palm oil plantation believed to be the species’ biggest threat.

Today, the controversial palm oil process is again at the forefront of environmental news, with Greenpeace staging international protests against a multinational consumer goods company for allegedly using palm oil tied to a supplier with links to tropical forest destruction. Found in some 75 percent of everyday products, palm oil is the edible oil derived from the fleshy middle layer of the fruit of the oil palm. It acts as a cooking agent and is a popular household ingredient. As of 2010 it was the most widely used edible oil in [...]


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With as few as 3200 tigers left in the wild, Save Tigers Now is a campaign by the World Wildlife Fund and Leonardo DiCaprio with a goal to build political, financial and public support to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 - the next Year of the Tiger.


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