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Deforestation for Palm Oil

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10 photos, 1,500 words

Globally, our rainforests are being cleared at the alarming rate of one acre every second.

The palm oil industry is widely denounced by environmental activists for its role in deforestation, but also encompassing socio-economics and indigenous rights abuses, this article investigates the broader consequences of this misunderstood industry.

Chances are, you consume a packaged product that contains palm oil every day. It is the most abundantly used oil in world, often hailed as the 'miracle oil' due to its efficiency and stability. But did you know that the palm oil used in your food, hair products, cosmetics and cleaning products are directly linked to major global issues such as deforestation, wildlife habitat loss, climate change and indigenous rights abuses?

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  • An agricultural worker cultivates land at a palm oil plantation.
    An agricultural worker cultivates land at a palm oil plantation.
  • Advertisement campaigns actively encourage the use of palm oil.
    Advertisement campaigns actively encourage the use of palm oil.
  • Palm oil mills release green house gases into the environment, as well as being responsible for other environmentally damaging pollutants such as palm oil mill effluent.
    Palm oil mills release green house gases into the environment, as well as being responsible for other environmentally damaging pollutants such as palm oil mill effluent.
  • The River Kinabatangan. In an area once completely surrounded by the Bornean rainforest, palm plantations can now be seen from the riverbanks.
    The River Kinabatangan. In an area once completely surrounded by the Bornean rainforest, palm plantations can now be seen from the riverbanks.
  • Bornean Orang Utan - Loss of habitat through deforestation is a threat to some of the most iconic species in the world, including the orang utan.
    Bornean Orang Utan - Loss of habitat through deforestation is a threat to some of the most iconic species in the world, including the orang utan.
  • In Northern Borneo, over 70 different species of palm tree are known to grow within the rainforest.
    In Northern Borneo, over 70 different species of palm tree are known to grow within the rainforest.
  • Pygmy elephants walk the entrance roads to Danum Valley at Sunset.
    Pygmy elephants walk the entrance roads to Danum Valley at Sunset.
  • The parents protect their young - A family of pygmy elephants in Danum Valley, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
    The parents protect their young - A family of pygmy elephants in Danum Valley, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
  • The Danum River flows through the primary rainforest in Danum Valley, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
    The Danum River flows through the primary rainforest in Danum Valley, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
  • Tankers transport palm oil through the state of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
    Tankers transport palm oil through the state of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

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