Wildlife encounters with exotic animals like the big five in Africa, mountain gorillas in Rwanda, polar bears in Manitoba, or swimming with whale sharks or dolphins are most likely on everybody’s bucket list. And with good reason. Seeing and getting close to wild animals in their natural habitat is one of the most rewarding and […]
[Note for TomDispatch Readers:On Friday, September 20th, three days before a U.N. climate summit, there will be school strikes across the U.S. of the sort launched by the young Swedish activist, Greta Thunberg. Adults have been urged to offer their support. This aging adult will certainly be at theNew York versionof such events, including a rally to be addressed by Thunberg herself. I urge otherTomDispatchreaders to think about doing the same. Tom]
On the Precipice
The Collective Asteroid of Human History
Worlds end. Every day. We all die sooner or later. When you get tomy age, it’s a subject that can’t help but be on your mind.
What’s unusual is this: it’s not just increasingly ancient folks like me who should be thinking such thoughts anymore. After all, worlds of a far larger…
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Image Credit: Orangutans rescued near a palm oil plantation in Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photograph by Vier Pfoten/Four Paws/Rex It’s the miracle ingredient in everything from biscuits to shampoo. But our dependence on palm oil has devastating environmental consequences. Once upon a time in a land far, far away, there grew a magical fruit. This fruit could […]
Why bother to clean it up when you can just move the Capitol to another less-polluted city. Indonesia is not exactly at the forefront of conservation as within its boundaries their sub-species of tigers, orangutans, elephants and rhinos (there are others) are at risk in that country wherever they occur, due to habitat loss, palm oil plantations, other types of farming and development, poaching, pollution,climate change, illegal logging, etc, etc; and I guess just not caring enough.
Indonesia is the worlds most populated country on a square foot basis- this is not the wildlife’s fault, though!
Mark, Petition Link – https://actions.sumofus.org/a/yum-brands-no-to-deforestation/?akid=53135.7697051.fZEEeN&rd=1&source=fwd&t=13 Magnificent rainforests in Asia and South America are being slashed and set ablaze to produce palm oil, soy, beef and paper — driving out the precious orangutans, pygmy elephants, and other endangered animals who call those trees home. But fast food giants Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell have […]
It is the story of the loss of habitat, of all animal life and premature death. The swamp forests of the Leuser ecosystem are home to most of Sumatra’s orangutans, and Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world, thrives in its rainforests. Four million indigenous people depend on their water supplies and food for the […]
Palm oil production is often vilified. Almost all of us have seen the Greenpeace video, ‘there’s a Rang-tan in my bedroom’ (I’ve included a link below if you haven’t) that shows us the impact that palm oil plantations are having on a lot of the rainforest in Malaysia and Indonesia, pushing animals like the Orangutan […]