top
text Killer whales remain protected in Washington by via OCEANA
Olympia, WA, June 10, 2016 – Today the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to maintain killer whales on the state’s Endangered Species List. This vote follows the recommendation of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists who prepared a detailed review of the status of Washington’s southern resident killer whales. Oceana commends the Commission for its decision given the dire situation. Only eighty-three killer whales remain in the southern resident populati...
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:03PM
image Fires And Drought Force Migration Of Palm Oil Production 480_guatemala_pome_fish_kill_1.jpg by Tomas DiFiore
Rigoberto Lima Choc was fatally shot in broad daylight in Sayaxché, in front of the building housing the local justice of the peace court in the center of town. “Lima Choc was a 28-year-old primary school teacher who lived and taught in the village of Champerico, in the municipality of Sayaxché. Twelve days before his murder, Lima Choc was elected to form part of the local government in Sayaxché and would have become a municipal councillor in January. He was also one of the first people to sp...
Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:26AM
document Responsible Organic Sustainable Palm Oil: A Plurality Of Semantics organicjan16.pdf_140_.jpg by Tomas DiFiore
The scenario most likely to result from the RSPO process is that in the future there will be two production sectors supplying different markets. On the one hand there will be a group of companies with certification that will attempt to a greater or lesser extent to comply with the principles and criteria adopted by the RSPO, while on the other hand there will be a second group of non-certified companies that will continue with “business as usual” (conventional palm oil sourcing and global tra...
Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:42AM
image Saying No To Palm Oil In The U.S. 480_no_one_is_safe_from_illegal_palm_oil_1.jpg by Tomas DiFiore
"Many major consumer goods firms now delegate responsibility for their sourcing policies to the RSPO and, by extension, to these auditors. If the auditors are engaging in box-ticking and even colluding to cover up unsustainable practices, then products will get to the supermarket shelves that are tainted with human trafficking, rights abuses and the destruction of biodiversity. the world's only global palm oil certification system - meant to ensure ensure sustainability, human rights, labor s...
Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:36AM
image Save the Multinational Species Conservation Fund 480_tiger_stamp_1.jpg by Tomas DiFiore
2016 Wildlife Conservation Society petition to U.S. Congress - Act now to save the 'Multinational Species Conservation Fund'. There's also a postal stamp funding mechanism. The MSCF Stamp “had a premium cost of 55 cents, with 9 cents from each stamp purchased supporting wildlife conservation. From September 20, 2011, to December 31, 2013, stamp sales raised $2,567,000 for the conservation of all MSCF species - elephants, tigers, lions, and more. Unfortunately, the wildlife stamp was not marke...
Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 5:06PM
image Palm Oil Home Invasion In Everything From Snack Foods to Pet Foods 480_forests_to_pastures_1.jpg by Tomas DiFiore
The link between livestock expansion and deforestation is not because the land that underlies tropical forests makes better pastures or produces higher crop yields. In fact, just the opposite is true. The soils of newly cleared tropical forest land are generally of poor quality, leading to low crop yields and sustaining few animals per hectare. But these lands are inexpensive or even free for the taking, usually increasing considerably in value once they are cleared. Palm oil expansion has re...
Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:58AM
image Palm Oil Tax In France Opposes Continued Land Grabs and Deforestation 120_palm_oil_in_central_kalimantan.jpg by Tomas DiFiore
Palm oil expansion is 70 percent nightmare and environmental catastrophe and 30 percent transparent truths and lies. It's an Indonesian roshomon, a puzzle of GDP, corruption, land grabs of Indigenous community forests and national forests, transmigrant laborers, settlements, and employment figures, and poverty amidst the wealth of ownership statistics that dominate the palm oil sector at the landscape level. Malaysia has rejected Human Right for Indigenous Peoples at the UN 5 years in a row. ...
Posted: Sun Mar 6, 2016 12:19PM
image France Considers Palm Oil Paraquat Tax 120_bmp_paraquat_used_for_20_months.jpg by Tomas DiFiore
The new 'RSPO Next' certification standards for palm oil finally bans the use of Paraquat! There are stockpiles though, of Paraquat left in outbuildings and in warehouses throughout the palm oil industry landscape. It's application and illegal use would endanger worker safety and the environment. There is specific language addressing Paraquat in the progressive tax under consideration in France right now for monitoring and cleanup. French lawmakers Aline Archimbaud and Jean Dessesard (both me...
Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:18PM
image Say No To Palm Oil - Protect The Leuser Ecosystem 120_tripa_peatland_leuser_ecosystem.jpg by Tomas DiFiore
The Leuser Ecosystem is the only place on earth where Sumatran tigers, orangutans, rhinos and elephants all still coexist. Other species include the sun bear, white-handed gibbon, siamang, macaque, loris, lutung, clouded leopard, Asian golden cat, binturong, hornbills, falcons, pheasants, parrots, king cobra, python, turtles and tortoises. Of over 170,000 protected sites worldwide, the Leuser Ecosystem ranked 14th most irreplaceable for mammals in general, and 21st for threatened mammals acco...
Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 3:59PM
text Feds Launch Review of Endangered West Coast Orcas by Center for Biological Diversity
SEATTLE, January 25, 2016 — The National Marine Fisheries Service today announced a five-year review of endangered southern resident killer whales, which are down to just 84 orcas, to assess whether they are properly protected under the Endangered Species Act. The Fisheries Service last year announced plans to expand existing critical habitat protections from the killer whales’ summer habitat in Puget Sound to include 9,000 square miles of their winter foraging habitat along the West Coast so...
Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:18PM
image Consumers Demand Action Against Conflict Palm Oil 120_math_or_myth_dualityoftheoilpalm.jpg by Tomas DiFiore
Lend your support and learn from “Kids Cut Palm Oil is an international group of school students who want to see an end to the destruction of our forests. We want this destruction to stop killing critically endangered animals. We want the destruction to stop because it is killing people, and leading to tremendous global carbon emissions that have never been seen before on this scale. We know how to stop it. We can stop it. And we will stop it. We can challenge this by becoming educated on the...
Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 3:15PM
image Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. International Day of Service 120_non-violenza_mlk.jpg by Tomas DiFiore
Celebrate, observe, be in service and answer the call for human rights! "Request for your urgent intervention in the situation in Cameroon. It's necessary to give our help now to these environmental activists from Cameroon." You can send a fax! Urge the authorities to do what they can, to stop the repression of Besingi and other activists." A Form Letter, with 8 addresses to international officials, agencies and human rights organizations follows....
Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 9:10PM
image Cameroon In Crisis: West Africa Palm Oil and US, China, Corporate Plantations 120_nasako_besingi_greenpeaceimage.jpg by Tomas DiFiore
On November 3, 2015, West African farmer and activist Nasako Besingi of Cameroon was convicted of four criminal counts against a controversial palm oil company operating in the country. But a coalition of environmental and human rights organizations is denouncing the charges, urging authorities to stop what they call the repression of Besingi and other activists. Such is the West African State of Cameroon's social, environmental, and human rights saga in which Nasako Besingi and others throug...
Posted: Fri Jan 1, 2016 7:32AM
image Natural Health And The Panacea Of Red Palm Oil 120_redpalmoil__heartlesshealth.jpg by Tomas DiFiore
Deforestation: Consume In Moderation - While the continued yearly burning of Indonesian forests and peatlands for palm plantations creates regional health hazards, new advertizing claims of red palm oil promote the health benefits to niche markets for optimum health and energy bars. And while global transnationals commit to futuristic Zero-deforestation pledges, there is also a trend of corporate restructuring and large global land grabs to increase the plantation base. Don't be confused, red...
Posted: Sat Nov 21, 2015 6:15PM
image Palm Oil HCS Study, Consumer Action on Sustainably Sourced Palm Oil 120_plantation_vs_hcv_forest_sumatra.jpg by Tomas DiFiore
Is it any wonder, that the Palm Oil Industry giants are moving 'certified' operations to greener landscapes of Latin America, as they assuage the consumer's concern with a new certifying scheme, and a manifesto, and corporate pledges. The companies have all stated that the Indonesian fires were started adjacent to their plantations – the area known as the plasma obligation. Palm Oil companies fought the NGO's and Civil Society groups over whether the plasma obligation (as area equal to 20 per...
Posted: Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:04AM
image Ecuador: Land of Green Palm Farms, Plantation Forests, And Eco-Lodges 120_esmeraldas_nw_ecuador.jpg by Tomas DiFiore
Of Forests, Forest Plantations and Zero Net Deforestation vs No Deforestation: The Ecuadorian tropical forest, once hosting an enormous cultural and biological diversity is about to disappear. There's no time for concepts of certified forest exploitation. We hear a lot of concern from palm oil suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors about the “Zero-Deforestation By 2020” Pledge, and the first thing to realize as a consumer, is that the pledge doesn't say that. “Deforestation continues at a...
Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:42AM
image Palm Oil Plantations and Modern Day Slavery 120_rspo_fsc_newspeak.jpg by Tomas DiFiore
The story of Sustainable Palm Oil, and Sustainable Certification of Palm Oil Products is a continuing story of human trafficking, genocidal pesticide toxicity, food scarcity, violence, murder, death squads (security forces), disregard for Indigenous cultures, oh and environmental destruction and deforestation. Alongside this have been huge profits, corruption, and global landgrabs. Certification has failed....
Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 10:14AM
image Palm Oil Products - Beyond Certification 120_pesticide_use_palm_oil_ecuador.jpg by Tomas DiFiore
Palm Oil, and Palm Oil Products distributors often make great claims of their product: 1) Producers are not actively cutting down rainforests 2) Endangered species habitat is not being removed for growing oil palm crops 3) Suppliers are not in conflict over land rights with indigenous peoples 4) Natural Peat Bogs are not being drained.... and that Palm Oil is a non-GMO alternative to trans-fats or hydrogenated oils.......
Posted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 1:44PM
image Landmark Agreement Ends Indeterminate Long-Term Solitary Confinement in California 120_pelicanbay-shu_pbsp_8x10.jpg by Center for Constitutional Rights
Settlement Reached in California Class Action Suit Moves Out of SHU Those There 10 Years or Longer, Ends Solitary Purely Due to Gang Validation...
Posted: Tue Sep 1, 2015 4:36PM
text Nuclear Shutdown News May 2015 by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the continuing decline of the US nuclear industry. US nuke plants were designed to operate for 40 years… as many of them have approached or surpassed that mark, they have become increasingly unsafe and inefficient, threatening our health and safety. This report points out some of these problems and supports those working for a nuclear free future. Here’s our May 2015 issue....
Posted: Wed Jun 3, 2015 3:16PM