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3 elephants found poisoned in Malaysia

Jun 07, 2019 - 2:34 PM

The dead animals are believed to be part of a herd of 30 elephants from the nearby forest reserve in Johor, Malaysia

POISONED. File photo of a elephant in the wilds of Malaysia. Shutterstock photo

Malaysia, Indonesia to help Philippines settle palm oil dumping

Mar 28, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Malaysia and Indonesia, the two sources of the Philippines' palm oil imports, agree to help combat further dumping and smuggling of the product

This picture taken in Kampar on August 20, 2018 shows a palm oil farmer collecting palm oil seeds in Kampar, Riau province. - Indonesian palm oil farmer Kawal Surbakti says his livelihood is under attack, but the threat is not from insects or hungry orangutans eating his prized crop. Half a world away, the European Parliament is moving to ban the use of palm oil in biofuels, while British grocer Iceland has announced it will stop using the commodity over concerns that it causes widespread environmental destruction. (Photo by WAHYUDI / AFP) / TO GO WITH Indonesia-Malaysia-EU-environment-food-agriculture, FOCUS by Ridwan Nasution and M. Jegathesan

IN PHOTOS: No man's land

Feb 03, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Palm oil is a multibillion-dollar industry for Indonesia. But the people responsible for its production are not the ones reaping the riches.

BEARING THE BRUNT. Palm oil workers transfering the fruits into another truck.

Sumatra's receding forests pushing tigers to the brink

Dec 06, 2017 - 7:50 AM

Deforestation to make way for palm oil plantations is driving critically endangered Sumatran tigers towards extinction, researchers warn

WILD CAT. A file photo taken on March 27, 2014 shows Harfan, a male Sumatran tiger born in 2008, being presented to the public for the first time at Berlin's Tierpark zoo. John Macdougall/AFP

The week in photos: August 5-11, 2017

Aug 12, 2017 - 7:17 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SAVING THE ELEPHANTS. An Indian volunteer for animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal poses for a photograph wearing a costume depicting an elephant during a protest in New Delhi on August 9, 2017. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Indonesia to barter palm oil, coffee for Russian fighter jets

Aug 08, 2017 - 3:51 PM

The agreement comes as Russia faces sanctions from the EU and the US for alleged meddling in the US presidential election and its annexation of Ukraine s Crimea

RUSSIAN JETS. Indonesia plans to barter its top commodities with Russia, in exchange for fighter jets. JAPAN OUT AFP PHOTO / DEFENSE MINISTRY VIA JIJI PRESS

Beaches shut after palm oil spill in Hong Kong

Aug 06, 2017 - 11:20 PM

The leakage is caused by the crash between two vessels near the Pearl River estuary in southern China

In this photograph taken and released by the South China Morning Post newspaper on August 6, 2017, congealed palm oil washes up on the shoreline at Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong.  Ten beaches typically packed on a hot weekend have shut down in Hong Kong on August 6 due to a palm oil spillage from a ship collision in mainland waters. / AFP PHOTO / SCMP / Handout / - Hong Kong OUT - Taiwan OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SCMP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVE

HSBC funding Indonesian forest destruction – Greenpeace

Jan 17, 2017 - 1:03 PM

The environmental group said the British bank had broken its own guidelines which ban supporting palm oil companies involved in unsustainable practices

BARE. This photo taken on August 5, 2016 shows the remains of burned down forest at the outskirt of Pontianak, in West Kalimantan. Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Malaysian investors eye more palm oil plantations in PH

Nov 11, 2016 - 1:52 PM

Malaysian businessmen want to develop 300 000 hectares of land in the Philippines into palm oil plantations a wish expressed during President Duterte s visit to Malaysia

PALM OIL'S PROMISE. Malaysian investors eye increasing investments in palm oil in the Philippines. AFP file photo of a palm oil plantation in Sumatra island

A distinct Mindanao experience under Mayor Duterte

Jun 02, 2016 - 5:51 PM

To witness a city grow and unfold its beauty and potential is an uncomparable experience It restores your faith in humanity

Indonesia refuses palm oil permits in anti-haze push

May 25, 2016 - 7:37 PM

We want to save our forests – development should continue but we can t let it destroy our environment

PALM OIL. A worker cuts down a plam oil tree in an illegal plantation as part of the forest restoration campaign against the palm oil industry in Tamiang, Aceh, Indonesia, 15 December 2015. EPA/HOTLI SIMANJUNTAK

Indonesia pushes for ban on palm oil operations after forest fires

May 01, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Downside? The ban could affect the economy

TOP PRODUCER. An aerial view shows palm oil plantations in the Indragiri Hulu regency, Riau province, Indonesia. File photo by EPA

Indonesian gov't threatens to deport Leonardo DiCaprio

Apr 01, 2016 - 11:14 AM

The government is not too happy with the actor s visit Here s why

France slashes surtax on imported palm oil after Indonesia protest

Mar 18, 2016 - 7:46 PM

The upper house under pressure from environmentalists had earlier approved a tax of 300 euros per ton of palm oil which is blamed for the destruction of huge swathes of rainforest to make way for vast palm tree plantations

PALM OIL TITANS. Agriculture in the Philippines is the new battleground of San Miguel Corp and the local units of First Pacific. AFP file photo of a palm oil plantation in Sumatra island

Minister: Policy to mix energy helps drive demand for palm oil

Mar 17, 2016 - 7:05 PM

The policy is said to have driven up the price for palm oil which helps protect farmers

TOP PRODUCER. An aerial view shows palm oil plantations in the Indragiri Hulu regency, Riau province, Indonesia. File photo by EPA

Indonesia writes France: No to 'staggering' tax on palm oil

Feb 05, 2016 - 12:19 AM

Indonesia urges France not to go through with amendment that will tax palm oil heavily and which Indonesia says will affect its economy

An aerial view shows palm oil plantations in the Indragiri Hulu regency, Riau province, Indonesia. File photo by EPA

5 negara Eropa buka pintu bagi minyak sawit berkelanjutan

Dec 17, 2015 - 3:44 PM

Kampanye promosi sawit Indonesia membuka jalan bagi produk yang ramah lingkungan untuk masuk ke pasar Eropa

Indonesia sudah capai 74,4 persen dari total sertifikasi minyak sawit yang berkelanjutan (CSPO), atau sekitar 2,56 juta hektar, menurut data RSPO. Foto oleh Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

5 hal yang jadi prioritas pembangunan sawit Indonesia

Nov 02, 2015 - 10:20 PM

Di Paris Dialogue Indonesia mencari teknologi terbaru untuk mendeteksi dini titik api untuk mencegah kebakaran lahan saat musim kering

Belum kering juga lahan yang habis terbakar di Tangkiling, Palangkaraya, Kalimantan Tengah, Sawit-Sawit baru muncul. Foto oleh Febriana Firdaus/Rappler

Setelah bencana kebakaran hutan, kampanye dukung minyak sawit kian sulit

Oct 30, 2015 - 6:27 PM

Ibarat nila setitik rusak susu sebelanga Ini dialami industri minyak sawit Indonesia saat kebakaran hutan secara masif Eropa paling sulit diyakinkan

Pekerja kebun kelapa sawit sedang mengasah pisaunya di Indragiri Hulu di Kuala Cenaku, Riau, pada 7 Mei 2013. Foto oleh Bagus Indahono/EPA

Malaysia sambut positif usul Indonesia bentuk dewan kelapa sawit

Oct 12, 2015 - 5:05 PM

Menlu RI Retno Marsudi juga bahas isu buruh migran Indonesia di Malaysia

 KELAPA SAWIT. PM Malaysia Najib Razak dan Presiden Jokowi bertemu di Istana Bogor, 11 Oktober 2015. Foto dari Biro Pers Istana/Rusman

FOTO: Indonesia-Malaysia sepakat bentuk dewan kelapa sawit

Oct 11, 2015 - 7:59 PM

Diharapkan standar baru yang ramah lingkungan dapat menyejahterakan 4 juta petani sawit di Indonesia dan 300 ribu petani sawit Malaysia

 KELAPA SAWIT. PM Malaysia Najib Razak dan Presiden Jokowi bertemu di Istana Bogor, 11 Oktober 2015. Foto dari Biro Pers Istana/Rusman

PH gov't budgets P50M for oil palm plantation

Aug 21, 2015 - 7:00 PM

The government aims to have 1 million hectares of land dedicated to oil palm planting within a 10 year program

Indonesian hearings reveal forest ravages

Jan 08, 2015 - 6:01 PM

Five months of hearings into land conflicts have produced a litany of abuses

RAVAGED FORESTS. An aerial view shows palm oil plantations in the Indragiri Hulu regency, Riau province, Indonesia, in May 2013. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

Kontroversi sawit Indonesia: Berlanjut di KTT Perubahan Iklim

Dec 03, 2014 - 12:33 PM

Diskusi soal sawit Indonesia akan berlanjut di KTT Perubahan Iklim di Lima Peru Bagaimana sikap Indonesia atas tekanan media AS?

Tampilan aerial menunjukan areal penanaman kelapa sawit di Kabupaten Indragiri Hulu, Riau. Foto oleh EPA

Great apes facing 'direct threat' from palm oil farming

Nov 20, 2014 - 8:15 PM

If deforestation continues at current rates tiger and elephant populations in Southeast Asia could also be wiped out within a decade

ENDANGERED. A young male orangutan named Atlas at Camp Leakey in Tanjung Puting National Park, in Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), on September 3, 2013.  Photo by Barbara Walton/EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Sept. 5, 2014

Sep 05, 2014 - 10:13 AM

Suspicious transactions in the energy minister s bank accounts a petition to annul a religion clause in Indonesia s marriage law a new train ticketing app and more

MARRIAGE ISSUES. A couple prays during their Muslim wedding ceremony at a mosque in Jakarta on December 12, 2012. File photo by AFP

Indonesia fires spark Singapore, Malaysia haze warning

Jun 25, 2014 - 6:50 PM

Fires in Indonesia s Riau province caused the worst outbreak of haze in Southeast Asia for more than a decade in June last year sparking a heated diplomatic row

BURNING FORESTS. An aerial photo shows thick smoke rising from burning peat land in Meranti, Riau province, Indonesia, in March 2014. Photo by Azwar/EPA

Southeast Asia palm oil problems could hit consumers worldwide

May 11, 2014 - 6:06 PM

The palm oil industry is facing production shortfall due to the drought

An aerial view shows palm oil plantations in the Indragiri Hulu regency, Riau province, Indonesia. File photo by EPA

Haze-hit Indonesian province declares emergency

Feb 27, 2014 - 2:57 PM

Thousands have fallen ill transport has been disrupted and schools closed after days of fires in Riau province on Sumatra island

Indonesia fires highlight failure to tackle slash-and-burn

Jun 23, 2013 - 10:46 AM

The crisis has brought more negative publicity for big palm oil companies although the companies insist they have strict no burn policies

HAZARDOUS HAZE. Smoke from forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia, blowing east at 3:30 Universal Time (11:30 a.m. local time), June 19, 2013. Photo courtesy of NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response

Singapore pledges to pursue companies behind smog

Jun 22, 2013 - 7:32 PM

Singapore announced it would pursue local firms found to be involved in the Indonesia forest fires causing haze in the city state

Malaysian visitors at the Marina Bay Sands promenade wear face masks as haze envelopes Singapore, June 20, 2013. Photo by Rappler/Rupert Ambil

Palm oil companies behind Singapore smog: Greenpeace

Jun 22, 2013 - 12:52 PM

A team has investigated eight companies suspected to be behind the fires in Indonesia

FIGHTING FIRE. Indonesian firefighters and police officers spray water on a burning peatland area in Rokan Hilir, Riau province, Indonesia, 21 June 2013. Photo by Amriyadi Bahar/EPA

Critically endangered Sumatran elephants found dead

Jun 03, 2013 - 10:07 PM

Two critically endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead in an Indonesian national park and are believed to have been poisoned

Palm oil is new battleground for San Miguel, MVP

May 23, 2013 - 2:16 PM

Two of the country s biggest business groups have added a new battleground for their and their Asian tycoon principals intersecting interests

PALM OIL TITANS. Agriculture in the Philippines is the new battleground of San Miguel Corp and the local units of First Pacific. AFP file photo of a palm oil plantation in Sumatra island

MVP group eyes Davao for palm oil production

May 22, 2013 - 9:37 AM

Indonesian agriculture firm PT Indofood is eyeing a 30 000 hectare farm land in Davao Oriental as a possible site for its palm oil production

FOCUS ON AGRI. MVP group is eyeing a 30,000 hectare farm land in Davao Oriental for its palm oil production. Photo by Rappler/Lean Santos

Indonesian court fines palm oil giant for tax evasion

Dec 28, 2012 - 7:59 PM

Indonesia s Supreme Court orders Asian Agri to pay more than 390 million to the state for tax evasion