tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/borneo1 borneo news from mongabay.com 2015-06-23T19:10:12Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/15023 2015-06-23T19:04:00Z 2015-06-23T19:10:12Z Bunge: if you clear peatlands, we won't buy your palm oil Palm oil growers who plan to convert peatlands and rainforests for new plantations have been warned: one of the world's largest agribusiness companies is not interested in your palm oil. Rhett Butler 3.1882077 113.0389871 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/15017 2015-06-23T05:30:00Z 2015-06-24T20:01:03Z Controversy emerges over alleged deforestation policy breach by APRIL supplier <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0622gfw_ahl_satellite150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Less than three weeks after APRIL unveiled a sustainability policy that is supposed to protect natural forests, an environmental group is alleging that one of the Indonesian forestry giant's subsidiaries is already breaching the commitment. But APRIL refuted the claim and says it continues to stand by the policy. Rhett Butler 3.556065 117.073839 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/15015 2015-06-22T21:19:00Z 2015-06-23T19:11:02Z Bunge palm oil supplier plans to clear peatlands for plantations <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0622MIR10769_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>BLD Plantation Bhd, a Malaysian palm oil company, plans to clear some 14,000 hectares of peatlands in Sarawak, on the island of Borneo, potentially putting it in conflict with the deforestation-free sourcing policy established by American agribusiness giant Bunge, say campaigners who filed a grievance over the matter. Rhett Butler 3.1882078 113.0389869 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14997 2015-06-19T12:58:00Z 2015-06-19T14:13:55Z Can we save the Sumatran rhino? Indonesia holds out hope <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0619.THUMB.Andatu-DCandra-DSC_0221.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>'One percent of the world's population,' veterinarian Zulfi Arsan says as he nods towards Bina, a 714-kilogram, 30-year-old female Sumatran rhinoceros leisurely crunching branches whole. A gentle and easygoing rhino, pink-hued Bina doesn't seem to mind the two-legged hominids snapping pictures and awing at her every move at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary. Jeremy Hance -5.016160 105.758490 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14964 2015-06-15T18:16:00Z 2015-06-15T18:18:06Z A toad's relationship with its prey endures in the face of deforestation for palm oil <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-imgs.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0611_dulaney_toads_toad_thumbnail.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Biologists and conservationists have studied the effects of habitat degradation on individual species, but have rarely investigated how logging and conversion of rainforests to oil palm agriculture change interspecies relationships. A study of a toad and its ant prey found that while the toad dwindled in disturbed habitats, a shortage of food was not the reason. Rebecca Kessler 8.008197 116.118019 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14924 2015-06-08T19:03:00Z 2015-06-08T19:11:24Z Well grounded: orangutans are more terrestrial than previously thought <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0204_orang_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>For years scientists have believed that orangutans are primarily arboreal. Indeed, most photographs and videos of orangutans depict them up in the trees. But a recent study challenges that thinking with photographic evidence that orangutans spend a lot more time on the ground than previously thought. Rebecca Kessler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14883 2015-05-30T02:18:00Z 2015-05-30T02:24:26Z Malaysian state eyes 100% certified palm oil by 2025 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/sabah/150/sabah_2396.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Sabah, a state in Malaysian Borneo, is weighing a proposal to produce only palm oil certified under the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an eco-certification initiative, by 2025. The move, if approved, would represent the first time a sub-national or state entity has committed to 100% certified palm oil production. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14828 2015-05-19T20:57:00Z 2015-06-16T22:01:33Z High pressure: is U.S. policy deterring illegal wood imports? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/indonesia/150/kalbar_2232.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Some countries, such as the U.S., have imposed legislation at the consumer level, banning the import of illegally sourced wood through their borders. A new study finds that such legislation can be effective, with a 2008 amendment to the Lacey Act significantly reducing the influx of illegal wood into the U.S. Morgan Erickson-Davis -0.580975 111.495203 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14746 2015-05-05T19:37:00Z 2015-05-05T19:43:58Z Sarawak leader pledges no more logging, palm oil expansion Sarawak's leader has allegedly pledged to stop granting industrial timber and palm oil concessions in the Malaysian state's increasingly endangered rainforests, asserts the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14740 2015-05-05T03:44:00Z 2015-06-23T00:11:03Z 30 illegal orangutan pets seized in West Kalimantan <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/i/indonesia/150/north_sumatra_0444.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Thirty orangutans being kept as household pets in Indonesia's West Kalimantan province have been seized and placed in a rehabilitation center, where they are learning to fend for themselves so they can be released into their natural habitats, local conservation authorities report. Philip Jacobson tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14738 2015-05-04T16:43:00Z 2015-05-04T17:52:03Z Borneo's rainforest may get high-tech 3D scan to boost conservation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0504CAO-Tambopata-Peru-DEM-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Conservation efforts in Borneo's embattled rainforest may get a boost with the launch of the newest version of an advanced airplane-based monitoring and assessment system. On Friday, the Carnegie Institution officially unveiled the latest upgrade of the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, an airplane equipped with technologies that enable scientists to conduct extremely high resolution scans of forest structure, biomass, and biological diversity. The platform has generated a wealth of information in places where it has been flown before. Rhett Butler 37.513017 -122.252871 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14724 2015-05-01T15:52:00Z 2015-05-01T16:03:47Z Sarawak increases fines for illegal logging After decades of intense logging that has left its rainforests degraded, fragmented, and stripped of valuable timber in many areas, the Malaysian state of Sarawak has passed a new forestry bill that could boost penalties for illegal logging. Rhett Butler 1.287446 111.010594 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14705 2015-04-28T23:25:00Z 2015-04-28T23:48:53Z Selective logging leaves more dead wood in rainforests Up to 64 percent of above-ground biomass in selectively logged forests may consist of dead wood left over from logging damage, argues a paper published this week in <i>Environmental Research Letters</i>. Rhett Butler 4.632820 116.950086 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14693 2015-04-27T19:55:00Z 2015-06-16T22:32:09Z Report: Borneo could save billions while still meeting conservation and development goals <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_3950.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The three nations that share Borneo could save themselves $43 billion by more closely coordinating their environmental conservation and economic development efforts, according to a report published in the journal Nature Communications. Morgan Erickson-Davis 1.616066 114.725184 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14681 2015-04-23T19:15:00Z 2015-06-10T18:31:55Z Officials: Sumatran rhino is extinct in the wild in Sabah <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0423_r_IMG_8536_Small.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>There are no Sumatran rhinos left in the wild in the Malaysian state of Sabah, confirmed Masidi Manjun, the Tourism, Culture and Envi­ronment Minister, over the weekend. In 2008, conservationists estimated there were around 50 rhinos in the state. Five years later, it dropped that estimate to just ten. Now, it's admitted the awful truth: the wild rhino is very likely gone. Jeremy Hance 5.194121 117.002418 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14654 2015-04-18T15:53:00Z 2015-04-20T15:41:31Z Growing need for deforestation-free rubber as tire demand destroys native forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/laos/150/laos_0448.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Surging demand for natural rubber is decimating some of the world's most endangered forests, putting wildlife and critical ecosystem services at risk, warn scientists writing in the journal <i>Conservation Letters</i>. Reviewing a large body of published research, Eleanor Warren-Thomas of the University of East Anglia and colleagues detail the crop's expansion across across Southeast Asia in recent decades. Rhett Butler 20.888908 101.326675 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14593 2015-04-06T14:48:00Z 2015-04-06T16:21:00Z Kaiduan dam in Borneo meets fierce opposition <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0403-MountKinabalu-thumbnail.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Activists are calling on the government of Sabah, Malaysia, to reconsider the proposed Kaiduan dam, saying it has not considered other solutions to Sabah's looming water crisis and has failed to consult with the indigenous people who will be displaced if the project proceeds. Rebecca Kessler 6.174876 116.138874 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14575 2015-04-02T06:22:00Z 2015-06-16T20:58:55Z Russia and Canada lead the world in forest loss in 2013 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0402loss150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Russia and Canada led the world in forest loss, accounting for nearly forty percent of the 18 million hectares of forest lost globally in 2013, reveals a new analysis based on high resolution satellite imagery. The research &#8212; released today on Global Forest Watch, a forest monitoring and research platform &#8212; was led by Matt Hansen of the University of Maryland and involved Google, World Resources Institute (WRI), and other institutions Rhett Butler 54.492706 126.115233 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14571 2015-04-01T17:06:00Z 2015-04-01T17:08:18Z Pollution from East Asia affecting air quality in Borneo's rainforests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0401-thumb-sabah_kinabatangan_0375.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A study published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics finds that industrial activities in East Asia are polluting the air in the rainforests of Borneo and that, once there, the pollutants could be traveling into the upper atmosphere and impacting Earth’s ozone layer. Morgan Erickson-Davis 5.234472 116.230311 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14529 2015-03-24T18:10:00Z 2015-03-24T18:13:24Z Reforestation programs may help reduce illegal logging in Indonesian Borneo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/indonesia/150/kalbar_2014.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Can the act of planting a tree change one’s attitude towards forests and conservation? Erica Pohnan, Hotlin Ompusunggu, and Campbell Webb, from the conservation NGO Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI), set out to answer this question by evaluating the effectiveness of reforestation programs in and around Gunung Palung National Park in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.220408 110.136080 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14463 2015-03-06T17:55:00Z 2015-03-06T18:04:06Z East Kalimantan reaffirms moratorium on new mining, logging concessions The governor of East Kalimantan, Indonesia, has reaffirmed his commitment to a 2013 moratorium on mining, logging, and plantation permits. The policy, which was originally outlined in a letter to the province's regents and mayors will be elevated to a higher status, he said. Rhett Butler -0.480325 117.072723 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14422 2015-02-25T04:59:00Z 2015-02-25T05:10:23Z Cunning carnivorous plants catch more prey by letting some go <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/thumbnails/indonesia/kalimantan/kali9626.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Pitcher plants (Nepenthes species) have long captivated our fascination. Typically growing in acidic and nutrient-poor soils, they have developed the ability to eat insects and other small prey to supplement their diets. Nepenthes grow modified leaf structures which form a saucer cup with a slippery rim lined with visual or edible bait. When an insect approaches to investigate the reward, they slip off the rim and into the cup which is usually filled with a viscoelastic fluid. Unable to escape, the prey is slowly digested and absorbed by the plant. Rhett Butler 4.357210 114.551398 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14382 2015-02-16T14:43:00Z 2015-02-20T16:24:08Z Sabah shocked by banteng poaching Malaysia's Daily Express recently published graphic photos of poachers in the Malaysian state of Sabah posing proudly with a number of illegally slaughtered large animals, including the incredibly rare and cryptic banteng. Wild, forest cattle, banteng are scattered across parts of Southeast Asia, but Borneo is home to a distinct subspecies: Bos javanicus lowi. Jeremy Hance 4.992757 118.267348 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14364 2015-02-10T03:03:00Z 2015-02-10T03:11:06Z Malaysian authorities failing to take action against poachers Authorities in Sabah are failing to enforce anti-poaching laws, undermining governance and wildlife protection efforts in the Malaysian Borneo state, argues a letter published by several local conservation groups. Rhett Butler 4.816280 117.253647 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14356 2015-02-05T20:31:00Z 2015-02-07T23:33:04Z Forestry giant's zero deforestation commitment put to test <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/riau/150/riau_1448.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>An independent audit of the world’s largest pulp and paper producer found that the company had achieved a wide range of results in meeting promises to end deforestation and resolve conflicts with forest communities. In 2013 Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) announced its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), which included a pledge to end deforestation among its suppliers, improve communication and conflict resolution with forest communities, protecting peatlands, and sourcing fiber only from responsible suppliers. Rhett Butler 0.645332 101.490370 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14340 2015-02-03T23:03:00Z 2015-02-04T00:05:10Z Norway asked to divest from company linked to Malaysian official Activists have petitioned the world's largest sovereign wealth fund to drop its investment in a company they say is linked to large-scale corruption in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14327 2015-02-02T17:13:00Z 2015-02-03T02:28:56Z Swimming against the stream: a rare crocodile captivates researchers <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0202_croc_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Sunda gharial looks like 'just an odd crocodile' according to Robert Stuebing. He would know. Stuebing and his team have recently published an article in the International Zoo Yearbook outlining habitat information and threats to the Sunda gharial at Lake Mesangat in Indonesian Borneo. Tiffany Roufs 4.852874 116.843969 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14307 2015-01-27T02:58:00Z 2015-01-27T03:42:21Z Company run Sarawak governor has amassed $1.4B in state infrastructure contracts Cahya Mata Sarawak, a publicly-listed infrastructure company run by relatives of Sarawak's former chief minister and current governor, has received over $1.4 billion in state contracts over the past 20 years, alleges an investigative report released by the Bruno Manser Fund. Rhett Butler 3.229565 114.797140 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14300 2015-01-22T20:46:00Z 2015-01-22T20:59:52Z Half of Borneo's mammals could lose a third of their habitat by 2080 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/malaysia/150/borneo_5424a.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Borneo consistently makes the list of the world’s “biodiversity hotspots” – areas full of a wide variety of forms of life found nowhere else, but which are also under threat. To better understand the hazards, a study published today in the journal Current Biology examines the effects of climate change and deforestation in the coming decades on mammals living on the island. Morgan Erickson-Davis 0.605527 113.329920 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14273 2015-01-18T23:13:00Z 2015-01-19T01:31:35Z Facing legacy of deforestation and corruption, Sarawak may cease granting new logging concessions Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem says his government may stop granting new logging concessions, reports Malaysian state media. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14217 2015-01-06T05:06:00Z 2015-01-06T05:13:48Z Half of Indonesia's deforestation occurs outside concession areas <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0106-indonesia-forest-loss-concession150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Roughly half of Indonesia's natural forest loss occurs outside officially designated concession areas, concludes a new assessment that also finds higher deforestation rates in places with worse forest governance scores. The report, released last month by Forest Watch Indonesia, is based on analysis of satellite data spanning the archipelago. Unlike assessments by the Ministry of Forestry, the data includes areas outside the 'forest estate'. Rhett Butler 0.749575 121.290790 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14199 2014-12-26T16:21:00Z 2014-12-26T16:33:31Z Indonesia's silent wildlife killer: hunting <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/i/indonesia/150/north_sumatra_0255.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>By and large, Indonesia is a peaceful country. In fact, on the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime’s list of homicide rates, Indonesia ranks number 10, making Indonesians one of the least murderous people on Earth. A ban on gun ownership probably helps, although obviously there are many other ways to snuff out another person. Maybe Indonesia’s general tendency to avoid conflict helps, too. Whatever the reason why Indonesians are relatively unlikely to kill each other, such favors are not extended to Indonesia’s non-human wildlife. The relative safety of Indonesia’s people does not guarantee similar security for its animals. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14150 2014-12-16T14:29:00Z 2014-12-22T19:17:36Z Hunting is a greater threat than logging for most wildlife in Borneo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1216-sullender-gibbs-hunting-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Persistence is the key factor in the two most common human stressors on tropical wildlife. In Malaysian Borneo, hunting continually diminishes wildlife populations, whereas the negative impacts from selective logging are more transient, according to a recent study in Conservation Biology. Brittany Stewart 2.466958 113.456263 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14159 2014-12-16T05:40:00Z 2014-12-16T05:47:25Z Palm oil facilitates large-scale illegal logging in Indonesia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/indonesia/150/kalteng_0072.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Development of oil palm plantations is providing cover for large-scale illegal logging in Indonesian Borneo, driving destruction of some of the island's most biodiverse forests and undermining efforts to reform the country's forestry sector, alleges a new report published by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). Rhett Butler -1.476897 113.648916 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14138 2014-12-10T18:36:00Z 2014-12-11T15:15:53Z Huge swath of forest in Indonesian Borneo slated for clearing by 'sustainable' company <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1210-thumb-kalbar_2018.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A major wood fiber concession has moved ahead on developing a sizable chunk of forest in one of Indonesia’s most vulnerable provinces before a formal conservation assessment of the land could be completed, Greenomics Indonesia reports. Morgan Erickson-Davis -0.796927 110.001526 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14117 2014-12-05T04:56:00Z 2014-12-05T05:10:34Z Tradeoff: Sabah banks on palm oil to boost forest protection <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/sabah/150/sabah_1413.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Last month Sabah set aside an additional 203,000 hectares of protected forest reserves, boosting the Malaysian state's extent of protected areas to 21 percent of its land mass. But instead of accolades, Sabah forestry leaders were criticized for how they went about securing those reserves: allowing thousands of hectares of deforested land within an officially designated forestry area to be converted for oil palm plantations Rhett Butler 4.471707 117.439298 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14102 2014-12-02T23:12:00Z 2014-12-02T23:51:18Z Embattled palm oil giant announces sustainability policy, but fails to win over critics Malaysian palm oil giant Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK) has joined a growing list of companies committing to zero deforestation for commodity production. Rhett Butler 0.755443 101.186556 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14062 2014-11-24T03:05:00Z 2014-11-24T03:28:01Z Sarawak chief calls state's logging industry 'corrupt' In a surprising statement, Sarawak's new chief minister called the state's logging sector 'corrupt'. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14051 2014-11-20T18:19:00Z 2014-11-20T18:21:29Z Indonesian government slow to reclaim lands damaged by coal mining Reclamation of over 830,000 hectares of abandoned mines has yet to begin in East Kalimantan, Indonesia--despite a provincial law passed over a year ago mandating the formation of commission to oversee the process. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13993 2014-11-10T02:25:00Z 2014-11-10T02:39:46Z Human infections by 'monkey malaria' increasing as forests disappear <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1109-malaysia-macaque-02a.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>68% of malaria hospitalizations in Malaysia last year were caused by a once-rare strain of the disease traditionally limited to macaque monkeys. However, as deforestation has put humans and wild animals in closer proximity, <i>Plasmodium knowlesi</i> infections and deaths have increased rapidly. The strain is now responsible for three times the severe malaria infections in Malaysian Borneo than <i>P. falciparum</i>—the world's deadliest form of the parasite. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13982 2014-11-06T00:21:00Z 2014-11-06T00:28:45Z Another mining company found operating in flagrant violation of Indonesian law A Harita group mining company in West Kalimantan, Indonesia has been operating well outside of its permit boundary, reports local NGO, Forest Monitoring Volunteers of Borneo (RPHK). Their investigation found that PT. Karya Utama Tambang Jaya, is operating illegally on 78 hectares of land. The company holds permits to mine bauxite (aluminum ore) on 8,878 hectares. Rhett Butler -0.45331 110.128191 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13979 2014-11-05T01:13:00Z 2014-11-12T03:23:48Z Book detailing corruption allegations against Malaysian ruler moves forward A book alleging massive corruption by Sarawak's long-time ruler, Abdul Taib bin Mahmud, is being released despite apparent legal threats against the book's publisher and author. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13939 2014-10-24T15:41:00Z 2014-10-24T16:20:16Z When cute turns deadly – the story of a wildlife biologist who was bit by a venomous slow loris, and lived to tell the tale <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1024_george_madani_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Slow lorises are YouTube stars. A quick search on the website will greet you with several videos of these endearing little primates--from a slow loris nibbling on rice cakes and bananas, to a loris holding a tiny umbrella. Lady Gaga, too, tried to feature a slow loris in one of her music videos. But the loris nipped her hard, and she dropped her plans. This was probably for the best, because the bite of a slow loris is no joke. Being the only known venomous primate in the world, its bite can quickly turn deadly. Brittany Stewart 3.679069 114.851374 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13927 2014-10-21T14:47:00Z 2014-12-30T22:30:02Z Saving Asia's other endangered cats (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/LC_Ronglarp_HKK.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>It's no secret that when it comes to the wild cats of Asia&#8212;and, really, cats in general&#8212;tigers get all the press. In fact, tigers&#8212;down to an estimated 3,200 individuals&#8212;arguably dominate conservation across Asia. But as magnificent, grand, and endangered as the tigers are, there are a number of other felines in the region that are much less studied&#8212;and may be just as imperiled. Jeremy Hance 5.395824 117.268519 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13926 2014-10-21T03:15:00Z 2014-10-21T13:50:53Z Indonesian law bars palm oil companies from protecting forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1020-gar-concessions150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A law passed by the Indonesian government last month makes it even more difficult for palm oil companies to conserve tracts of wildlife-rich and carbon-dense forests within their concessions, potentially undermining these producers' commitments to phase deforestation out of their supply chains, warns a new report published by Greenomics, an Indonesian environmental group. Rhett Butler 0.348127 111.743953 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13925 2014-10-20T18:00:00Z 2014-11-06T17:55:21Z Indonesia developing mega coal mine five times larger than Singapore <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1020-L1050236-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Global miner BHP Billiton and Indonesian partner PT Adaro are developing what could become the single largest mine in Indonesia in terms of land area, with BHP owning 75 percent. The IndoMet mine complex in Central and East Kalimantan provinces on Borneo comprises seven coal concessions, which cover 350,000 hectares, or about five times the size of Singapore. Morgan Erickson-Davis -0.060110 114.873573 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13922 2014-10-20T14:08:00Z 2014-10-21T15:05:26Z Walking the walk: zoo kicks off campaign for orangutans and sustainable palm oil <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/kalteng_0897.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>If you see people wearing orange this October, it might not be for Halloween, but for orangutans. Chester Zoo’s conservation campaign, Go Orange for Orangutans, kicks off this month for its second year. The campaign aims to raise money, and awareness, for orangutans in Borneo, which have become hugely impacted by deforestation often linked to palm oil plantations. Jeremy Hance 53.224664 -2.884033 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13920 2014-10-17T20:44:00Z 2014-11-06T17:55:08Z Indonesia’s tough choice: capping coal as Asian demand grows <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1017-fogarty-L1050446-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table> Indonesia cannot build power stations fast enough. And neither can most of its Asian neighbors. Rapid economic and population growth are driving equally rapid demands for electricity as the region builds out power grids to connect up millions of people to fuel prosperity. Morgan Erickson-Davis 0.325944 115.733651 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13914 2014-10-16T16:00:00Z 2014-11-06T17:54:56Z Indonesia tries to clamp down on coal sector’s worst excesses <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/fogarty2-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Out of the jungles of East Borneo in Indonesia comes the fire that fuels Asia’s burgeoning economies: coal. Miners dig deep open pits, clearing forests and farmlands to extract coal from thick black seams, which is then crushed and loaded onto trucks and barges for shipment to China, India, Japan and other destinations in Asia. Morgan Erickson-Davis 0.325944 115.733651 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13890 2014-10-08T20:19:00Z 2014-11-06T17:54:06Z Helping orangutans survive: new project aims to connect habitat fragments in Kalimantan (PART II) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1008-orang-outrop-5-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Two decades ago, a project to convert one million hectares of forest to rice paddies was undertaken by the Indonesian government in southern Kalimantan. The project was a massive failure and was eventually abandoned, but not before it destroyed critical orangutan habitat. Now a new project is trying to knit together what's left and turn the area's isolated orangutan populations into one of Borneo's largest. Morgan Erickson-Davis -2.930780 112.637781 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13885 2014-10-07T18:51:00Z 2014-11-06T17:53:33Z Marooned in shrinking forests, Bornean orangutans hang on as disaster looms (PART I) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1007-oran-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The great apes are among some of the most endangered species on Earth, the targets of poachers and the victims of deforestation. However, from time-to-time there comes news of hope. A study published recently describes the dire situation faced by Bornean orangutans, as well as an ambitious project to help save them. Morgan Erickson-Davis -2.930780 112.637781 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13874 2014-10-05T06:01:00Z 2014-10-05T06:12:19Z Central Kalimantan to set up palm oil monitoring system to in bid cut deforestation 80% <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/thumbnails/indonesia/kalimantan/kali9753.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan is moving forward on an oil palm plantation monitoring system it hopes will help meet a commitment to reduce deforestation 80 percent by 2020. The online monitoring system will include "information on the performance of plantation concessions such as productivity, the number of smallholder farmers, deforestation and other land cover change, and fire occurrence," according to Earth Innovation Institute which designed and is helping the provincial government implement the system. Rhett Butler -2.487964 111.863086 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13849 2014-09-30T15:40:00Z 2014-09-30T16:15:45Z Malaysian palm oil company destroys Borneo forests, despite buyer's zero deforestation commitment Malaysian palm oil company Genting Plantations is continuing to destroy forests despite a high-profile pledge by one of its customers to eliminate deforestation from its supply chain, alleges a report published by Greenomics, an Indonesian environmental group. Rhett Butler 1.1897898 110.790518 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13840 2014-09-26T09:37:00Z 2014-10-01T02:39:36Z Coal mine has heavy impact in Indonesian Borneo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0926-indonesia-coal-mine150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Baharuddin should be happy. The rambutan and durian trees flanking his home are heavy with fruit. Two hectares of chilies stretch before his house. The price of chili — a staple commodity in Indonesia — has been stable for six months. From his 2,000 plants he hopes to earn 40 million rupiah ($3,400), much of which he wants to invest in expanding his crop. That is, if his farm can survive the threats that have destroyed so many of his neighbor's. Rhett Butler -0.531027 117.2387 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13834 2014-09-25T15:48:00Z 2014-09-25T16:16:37Z Termites suffer in logged forests and palm oil plantations <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0923-termites-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Ants appear more resilient to forest degradation than termites. Scientists have long studied how birds, mammals, and amphibians respond to forest degradation, but what about the most abundant animals in the forest? Insects. A new study in <i>Biodiversity and Conservation</i> looks at how ants and termites reacted to forest changes in Malaysian Borneo. Tiffany Roufs 3.535145 114.288557 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13783 2014-09-15T16:52:00Z 2014-12-30T22:33:00Z Bizarre lizard newest victim of reptile pet trade <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0914.earless.monitor.Facebok-EML.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>If you've never heard of the earless monitor lizard, you're not alone: this cryptic lizard has long-escaped the attention of the larger public. But over the past couple years its bizarre appearance has been splashed across social media sites for reptile collectors. While this decidedly-quirky attention may seem benign, it could actually threaten the species' existence. Jeremy Hance 3.284402 114.791102 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13777 2014-09-12T18:31:00Z 2014-09-12T18:35:36Z Palm oil company continues to operate illegal plantation despite court ruling A palm oil company in Central Kalimantan continues to operate business as usual, despite a Supreme Court ruling confirming it has no legal permit to do so. Since 2009, PT Hati Prima Agro (HPA), a subsidiary of palm oil giant Bumitama Gunajaya Agro Group (BGA), has cleared over 7,000 ha of land in Central Kalimantan, even though their permits were revoked by the Ministry of Forestry in 2008. Rhett Butler -1.480243 112.530012 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13764 2014-09-10T18:27:00Z 2014-11-06T17:49:50Z Elephants pay the price for palm oil in Malaysian Borneo, impact may reach far beyond reported kills <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0810-borneo-elephants-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>More than a dozen elephant kills were reported in Sabah in 2013 alone, but it is unknown exactly how many have lost their lives in recent years as palm plantations encroach further and further into the rainforest. What is clear is that if the loss of their forest habitat continues to drive conflicts with humans at the rate it is now, Borneo elephants’ long-term survival may be in jeopardy. Morgan Erickson-Davis 6.180661 116.893646 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13711 2014-08-25T01:32:00Z 2014-08-25T20:58:49Z Scientists honor missing activist by naming a spider after him Swiss researchers have honored the memory of a missing indigenous peoples activist by naming an undescribed species of spider after him, reports the Bruno Manser Fund, the group he founded. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13709 2014-08-22T21:56:00Z 2014-08-22T22:07:08Z Indonesia to hear indigenous peoples' grievances on land disputes <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/papua/150/west-papua_0709.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Public hearings into alleged violations of indigenous peoples' land rights will open next week in Palu on the island of Sulawesi. This is the beginning of a series of hearings by the Commission on Human Rights to explore conflicts affecting indigenous people in forest areas. The Commission will travel throughout Indonesia, providing concerned parties an opportunity to meet and discuss land disputes, before submitting the results of their findings to the next president. Rhett Butler -0.899125 119.834549 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13684 2014-08-19T01:44:00Z 2014-08-21T02:10:01Z 20 orangutan pictures for World Orangutan Day <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/indonesia/150/kalteng_0909.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>August 19 is World Orangutan Day, a designation intended to raise awareness about the great red ape, which is threatened by habitat loss, the pet trade, and hunting. Once distributed across much of southeast Asia, today orangutans are only found on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Both species of orangutan &#8212; the Sumatran and the Bornean &#8212; are considered endangered. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13658 2014-08-13T12:22:00Z 2014-12-30T22:35:41Z Forgotten species: the exotic squirrel with a super tail <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0813.Central-Kalimantan,-Erik-Meijaard.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>With among the world's largest tails compared to body-size, the tufted ground squirrel just might be the most exotic squirrel species on the planet. Found only on the island of Borneo, this threatened species is also surrounded by wild tales, including the tenacity to take down a deer for dinner. New research explores the squirrel's monster tail and whether other tales about it may be true. Jeremy Hance 1.187729 114.549402 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13645 2014-08-11T14:30:00Z 2014-08-12T13:18:37Z Indonesia's children see ravaged environment in their future <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0811.children.4-Future.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A generation ago, Borneo was one of the wildest places on the planet. But decades of logging and oil palm plantations has changed the landscape of Borneo forever: in fact a recent study found that the island has lost 30 percent of its total forest cover since 1973. In the face of this large-scale environmental destruction, a new study finds that Indonesian Borneo's children have a pessimistic view of their future. Jeremy Hance -0.910536 114.307703 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13634 2014-08-06T00:57:00Z 2014-08-06T01:00:08Z Oil palm, mining prompts local govt in Borneo to declare water unsafe for drinking The Environment Ministry of Sintang Regency, West Kalimantan, Indonesia declared that the water in many rivers and lakes is unsuitable for consumption due to high levels of pollution. Rhett Butler 0.364606 111.641296 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13579 2014-07-24T07:22:00Z 2014-07-24T09:01:45Z Lush Cosmetics launches bid to protect pangolins Lush Cosmetics has agreed to support an effort to battle trafficking of the Sunda pangolin. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13564 2014-07-21T17:08:00Z 2014-11-25T22:28:21Z Surprising habitat: camera traps reveal high mammal diversity in forest patches within oil palm plantations <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0721-orang-camtrap-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>After more than four and a half years of camera trap footage, the results are encouraging: 36 mammal species, of which more than half are legally protected, are prospering in this most surprising of spots: an oil palm plantation in the province of East Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo. Morgan Erickson-Davis 1.946881 116.458530 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13562 2014-07-20T23:00:00Z 2014-07-20T23:10:07Z What is peat swamp, and why should I care? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_3792.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Long considered an unproductive hindrance to growth and development, peat swamp forests in Southeast Asia have been systematically cleared, drained and burned away to make room plantations and construction. Now, as alternating cycles of fires and flood create larger development problems, while greenhouse gas emissions skyrocket, it is time to take a closer look at peat, and understand why clearing it is a very bad idea. Rhett Butler 0.20874 103.390732 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13554 2014-07-16T21:09:00Z 2014-08-10T18:23:18Z 30% of Borneo's rainforests destroyed since 1973 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/borneo-forest-cover-map150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>More than 30 percent of Borneo's rainforests have been destroyed over the past forty years due to fires, industrial logging, and the spread of plantations, finds a new study that provides the most comprehensive analysis of the island's forest cover to date. The research, published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, shows that just over a quarter of Borneo's lowland forests remain intact. Rhett Butler 0.900842 114.803696 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13556 2014-07-16T03:00:00Z 2014-07-17T03:14:18Z Forest loss rising in Borneo (caption) Forest loss is on the rise in Borneo, according to data from a team of researchers led Matt Hansen of the University of Maryland. The study, published last November in the journal <i>Science</i>, now underpins Global Forest Watch, a worldwide forest mapping platform. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13475 2014-06-30T21:54:00Z 2014-06-30T22:57:56Z Oil palm plantations degrade local water quality relative to community forests Oil palm plantations are not only encroaching on forests, they are also degrading water quality, finds a new study published in the <i>Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13465 2014-06-29T23:04:00Z 2014-07-04T17:33:22Z Despite moratorium, Indonesia now has world's highest deforestation rate <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/ANNUAL-primary-forest-loss-indonesia150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Despite a high-level pledge to combat deforestation and a nationwide moratorium on new logging and plantation concessions, deforestation has continued to rise in Indonesia, according to a new study published in <i>Nature Climate Change</i>. Annual forest loss in the southeast Asian nation is now the highest in the world, exceeding even Brazil. Rhett Butler -4.127285 104.840697 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13450 2014-06-26T04:45:00Z 2014-06-26T13:17:27Z Despite early headwinds, Indonesia's biggest REDD+ project moves forward in Borneo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0625-rimba-ryra-deforestation150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Just over a year ago, the Indonesian government officially approved the country's first REDD+ forest carbon conservation project: Rimba Raya, which aims to protect more than 64,000 hectares of peat forest in Central Kalimantan. The approval came after years of delays from the Ministry of Forestry and a substantial reduction in the project's concession area. But InfiniteEarth, the firm behind the project, pressed on. Now a year later, Rimba Raya's is not only still in business, but is scaling up its operations. Rhett Butler -3.262548 112.030914 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13431 2014-06-23T22:02:00Z 2014-06-23T22:11:01Z Wilmar to investigate palm oil company allegedly destroying orangutan forest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0623greenomicsgfw150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A Wilmar supplier is allegedly destroying orangutan habitat in Indonesian Borneo, potentially putting it in breach of the plantation giant's zero deforestation policy, reports Greenomics. According to analysis of satellite data by Greenomics, PT Sumatera Jaya Agro Lestari (SJAL) has cleared an area of forest that is classified as orangutan habitat. Rhett Butler -0.380742 110.379626 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13423 2014-06-23T13:33:00Z 2014-12-30T22:43:04Z Broken promises no more? Signs Sabah may finally uphold commitment on wildlife corridors <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/HUTAN-Marc-Ancrenaz6.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Five years ago an unlikely meeting was held in the Malaysian state of Sabah to discuss how to save wildlife amid worsening forest fragmentation. Although the meeting brought together longtime adversaries&#8212;conservationists and the palm oil industry&#8212;it appeared at the time to build new relationships and even point toward a way forward for Sabah's embattled forests. Jeremy Hance 5.531846 118.292569 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13420 2014-06-20T20:08:00Z 2014-11-25T22:16:14Z The palm oil diet: study finds displaced orangutans have little else to eat <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0620-orang-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In a recent study, researchers assessed how orangutans have adapted to living among oil palm plantations on Borneo. They found that while orangutans have adapted to the island’s human-transformed landscapes better than expected, oil palm plantations are unable to sustain orangutan populations in the long-term. Morgan Erickson-Davis 5.577829 118.213756 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13417 2014-06-20T01:55:00Z 2014-06-20T14:43:04Z Apeidemiology: researchers model ape disease transmission for the first time <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0619-chimp-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In a nine-year-long study published recently in PLOS ONE, a team of researchers attempted to understand how diseases spread and differ among orangutans (<i>Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii</i>) and chimpanzees (<i>Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii</i>), creating the first-ever epidemiological model for great ape populations. Morgan Erickson-Davis 2.155874 32.034076 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13394 2014-06-16T18:04:00Z 2014-06-17T20:41:53Z Stolen fruit may spur better palm oil traceability Rising theft may improve traceability in Malaysia's palm oil industry. Rhett Butler 3.31122 113.435791 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13347 2014-06-05T20:16:00Z 2014-06-05T21:55:57Z Next big idea in forest conservation? Work locally, relentlessly, and, if necessary, ignore the government <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0605.fredriksson.Gabriella_bear-skull.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In 1997, Gabriella Fredriksson, then a young PhD student, was studying sun bears in East Kalamantan, Indonesia, when massive forest fires broke out in the park. 'It quickly became clear that there was no government agency, NGO, or private company in the area interested in assisting putting out these fires, which were threatening to burn down the entire reserve,' Fredriksson told mongabay.com. Jeremy Hance 1.459166 117.013715 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13329 2014-06-03T16:02:00Z 2014-11-25T22:14:56Z Newly discovered snails at risk of extinction <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0603-P.christae-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A team of Dutch and Malaysian scientists has recently completed one part of a taxonomic revision of <i>Plectostoma</i>, a genus of tiny land snails in Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, according to their article published recently in <i>ZooKeys</i>, it seems that these animals may be going extinct as fast as they are being discovered. Morgan Erickson-Davis 4.861126 102.680811 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13314 2014-05-29T20:30:00Z 2014-05-29T20:38:06Z Facebook, Twitter to carry 24 hours of live rainforest animal sightings on Monday <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0529.orang.rhettbutler.mongabay.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Next week, the rainforests of Southeast Asia are going live. On June 2nd, 11 organizations in the region will be posting lives video, photos, and wildlife sightings over 24 hours on Facebook and Twitter (see #rainforestlive). Dubbed Rainforest: Live, the initiative hopes to raise awareness of quickly vanishing ecosystems and species. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13285 2014-05-25T14:10:00Z 2014-05-25T14:13:09Z Brunei to limit agricultural land use to 1 percent The tiny, but densely forested country of Brunei Darussalam says it will limit agricultural conversion to one percent of its land mass, preserving much of the rest for biodiversity and other services afforded by healthy forest ecosystems. Rhett Butler 4.466904 114.411221 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13275 2014-05-23T01:29:00Z 2014-05-23T01:41:36Z WWF accuses APRIL of breaking sustainability commitment by logging rainforest in Borneo Environmental group WWF has accused Singapore-based pulp and paper giant Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) of breaking its recent conservation commitment by destroying rainforest in Indonesian Borneo. APRIL has denied the charges. Rhett Butler 3.554199 117.074726 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13271 2014-05-22T15:42:00Z 2014-06-25T15:48:50Z Zero-deforestation commitments pose acute challenges for commercial giants in the palm oil industry <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_4062.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The path to zero-deforestation appears to be paved with good intentions, but how successful are these companies in staying on that path? A controversial proposal to construct a refinery in the wildlife-rich Balikpapan Bay in Indonesian Borneo highlights the challenges faced by both palm oil companies and conservationists in the face of zero-deforestation commitments. Jeremy Hance -1.127826 116.779421 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13205 2014-05-11T18:22:00Z 2014-05-11T18:25:42Z Borneo bests Amazon in terms of giant tree growth rates Trees in the rainforests of Borneo have faster growth rates than those in the Amazon, finds a study published in the <i>Journal of Ecology</I>. Rhett Butler 4.54357 115.990448 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13176 2014-05-05T14:37:00Z 2014-12-30T22:47:01Z When the orangutan and the slow loris met - and no one was eaten <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0505.orangutanslowloris.Figure-1.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In 2004 and 2012, scientists recorded rare encounters between two very different primates: southern Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) and Philippine slow loris (Nycticebus menagensis). But in neither case did the Bornean orangutan appear to attempt to kill the slow loris for consumption, which Sumatran orangutans are known to do, albeit very rarely. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13142 2014-04-28T03:41:00Z 2014-04-28T18:07:23Z APP commits to conserve, restore 1M ha of Indonesian forest; WWF pledges support <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/riau/150/riau_1382.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Asia Pulp &amp; Paper (APP), Indonesia's largest pulp and paper company and a long-time target of environmental campaigners, has committed to protect and restore a million hectares of forest across Indonesia. The pledge, which represents an area equivalent to the total plantation area from which it sourced pulp in 2013, was immediately welcomed by WWF, which until today has remained one of APP's staunchest critics. Rhett Butler 0.071068 102.396301 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13074 2014-04-14T13:32:00Z 2014-04-14T13:46:05Z Riddled with tumors: another blow to the Sumatran rhino species <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0414.sumatranrhino.Pict4.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Conservation for Sumatran rhinos suffered another blow last week, only days after Suci&#8212;one of only ten rhinos in captive breeding efforts&#8212;died at Cincinnati Zoo. Scientists in the Malaysian state of Sabah revealed that a newly captured female, Iman, suffers from an assortment of tumors in her uterus, hugely complicating reproduction efforts. Jeremy Hance 5.171292 118.639881 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13014 2014-04-01T15:24:00Z 2014-07-21T19:57:54Z Death of young Sumatran rhino shouldn't discourage captive breeding efforts say conservationists <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0331.Terri-and-Suci-2009.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Just over two weeks ago, conservationists in the Malaysian state of Sabah managed to finally catch a wild Sumatran rhino female after months of failed attempts. But following such hopeful events, comes bad news thousands of miles away: a young female rhino, named Suci, died over the weekend at the Cincinnati Zoo. Jeremy Hance 39.142873 -84.508063 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13011 2014-03-31T13:10:00Z 2014-03-31T13:47:57Z Schwarzenegger targeted by environmentalists for investments in forest-destroying companies <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/sabah/150/sabah_1247.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Former movie star and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger is facing criticism after Global Witness produced evidence that his investment company is profiting off rainforest destruction in Southeast Asia. The findings are significant because Schwarzenegger championed rainforest conservation while serving as governor of California. Rhett Butler 2.16242 112.654982 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12981 2014-03-25T16:43:00Z 2014-11-25T23:16:08Z Alien trees use logging roads to invade Borneo forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0325-sabahlogroad-rhett-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The spiked pepper tree (<i>Piper aduncum</i>) is native to the American tropics, but has made itself at home in a variety of other locales where it can crowd out local vegetation and interfere with forest recovery. Although it’s been slow to spread through Borneo since its introduction to Indonesia in 1952, new logging roads appear to be driving the species farther afield. A study in mongabay.com’s open access journal Tropical Conservation Science raises concerns that these roads may bring unintended plant colonists to new areas – putting the biodiversity of forests at risk. Morgan Erickson-Davis 2.774354 115.763672 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12978 2014-03-25T01:03:00Z 2014-03-25T01:07:07Z Indigenous communities demand forest rights, blame land grabs for failure to curb deforestation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/sabah/150/sabah_2207.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Indigenous and forest-dependent peoples from Asia, Africa and Latin America have called for increased recognition of customary land rights in order to curb deforestation and ensure the survival of their communities. The Palangkaraya Declaration on Deforestation and the Rights of Forest Peoples calls on governments to uphold forest peoples’ rights to control and manage their customary lands and to halt rights-violating development projects being carried out without consent from local communities. Rhett Butler -2.302732 113.872063 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12973 2014-03-24T13:29:00Z 2014-03-24T14:33:53Z Meet Iman: the Sumatran rhino's newest hope for survival <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0323.iman.Picture2.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Hopes for one of the world's most imperiled megafauna rose this month when wildlife conservationists succeeded in catching a female Sumatran rhino named Iman in the Malaysian state of Sabah. The female, which experts believe to be fertile, has since been successfully transferred via helicopter to the Borneo Rhino Sanctuary where experts plan to mate her with the local male, Tam. Located in Tabin Wildlife Reserve, the Borneo Rhino Sanctuary is an uncompleted semi-wild enclosure and home to one of several last-ditch efforts to save the vanishing species from extinction. Jeremy Hance 4.936987 117.673531 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12958 2014-03-21T00:45:00Z 2014-03-27T22:01:55Z Next big idea in forest conservation? Offer health care for forest protection <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0320.health.Danzer_027545.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Dr. Kinari Webb has a superpower: the ability to provide high-quality health care in a remote and rural landscape. And she uses her power not only to save lives, but also to protect the remaining Bornean rainforests. Twenty-one years ago, Kinari Webb traveled to Borneo to work with orangutans. She witnessed the faltering health of both the people and the environment and saw that the two issues were inseparable. When families must choose between the health of their children and the health of the forest that supports them, everyone loses. But in the region of Gunung Palung National Park &#8212; where an estimated 10 percent of the world's orangutans live &#8212; illegal logging and slash and burn farming methods paid the bills and locals saw few alternatives. Kinari vowed to study medicine and return with more to offer. Jeremy Hance -0.961310 109.975687 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12918 2014-03-12T18:09:00Z 2014-03-23T15:00:00Z Conservationists catch wild Sumatran rhino, raising hope for world's most endangered rhinoceros <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0312.crop.sabah_407.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Conservationists have succeeded in catching a wild Sumatran rhino in the Malaysia state of Sabah in Borneo, according to local media reports. Officials are currently transferring the rhino, an unnamed female, to a rhino sanctuary in Tabin National Park where experts will attempt to mate it with the resident male, Tam. The Sumatran rhino (<i>Dicerorhinus sumatrensis</i>) is one of the world's most imperiled species with less than 100 individuals left. Jeremy Hance 4.964906 117.690075 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12908 2014-03-10T23:33:00Z 2014-03-11T04:59:36Z Photos: Greenpeace stages protest in rainforest destroyed for palm oil <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0310mpg150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>On Monday, Greenpeace activists in Indonesia staged a dramatic protest in an area of rainforest freshly cleared for a new oil palm plantation in Central Kalimantan. The demonstration came under the group's campaign to push consumer products giant Proctor &amp; Gamble (P&amp;G) to strengthen its palm oil sourcing policy to include a zero deforestation commitment like those signed recently by Nestle, Neste Oil, and Kellogg's, among others. Rhett Butler -0.749109 114.740156 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12891 2014-03-07T14:06:00Z 2014-03-08T07:51:29Z Next big idea in forest conservation? Privatizing conservation management <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0307.Sabah-2013-(6).150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Is it possible to equitably divide the planet’s resources between human and non-human societies? Can we ensure prosperity and rights both to people and to the ecosystems on which they rely? In the island archipelago of Indonesia, these questions become more pressing as the unique ecosystems of this global biodiversity hotspot continue to rapidly vanish in the wake of land conversion (mostly due to palm oil, poor forest management and corruption. For 22 years, Dr. Erik Meijaard has worked in Indonesia. Now, from his home office in the capitol city, Jakarta, he runs the terrestrial branch of an independent conservation consultancy, People and Nature Consulting International (PNCI). Jeremy Hance -0.785983 112.680982 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12847 2014-02-27T23:15:00Z 2014-02-28T01:16:25Z Sarawak's top official accused of violating constitution Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud has been accused of violating Sarawak's constitution by engaging in commercial activities while serving as the state's top official over the past thirty plus years, reports the Bruno Manser Fund, an NGO that campaigns on behalf of Sarawak's forest people. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12828 2014-02-26T06:24:00Z 2014-02-26T19:17:46Z Procter & Gamble's palm oil suppliers linked to deforestation (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/GP0STO8KS150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A year-long investigation by Greenpeace has found companies that supply Procter & Gamble (P&G) (NYSE:PG) with palm oil are engaged in clearing of rainforests and peatlands in Indonesia, suggesting that Head &amp; Shoulders shampoo and other consumer products made by the company may be linked to forest destruction. Rhett Butler -1.930482 112.439146 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12822 2014-02-25T01:58:00Z 2015-02-14T05:55:07Z Borneo monkeys lose a tenth of their habitat in a decade Four species of langurs monkeys that are endemic to Borneo lost more than a tenth of their habitat in just ten years, finds a study published in the journal <i>Biodiversity and Conservation</i>. Rhett Butler -2.163792 114.064495 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12820 2014-02-24T22:29:00Z 2014-02-25T00:17:26Z New forest map for Sarawak reveals large-scale deforestation, encroachment on indigenous territories <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0224-sarawak-land-use-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new online platform released by the Bruno Manser Fund reveals large-scale destruction of Sarawak's rainforests, peatlands, and traditional lands. Drawing from a variety of sources, the Sarawak Geoportal includes data on logging concessions, oil palm plantations, existing and proposed dams, historical forest cover, the extent of indigenous cultivated areas, election results, and area where there are current native customary rights (NCR) disputes. Rhett Butler 4.186181 115.146117