Great apes facing 'direct threat' from palm oil farming in Southeast Asia and Africa
20 November 2014 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - The Straits Times, Asia - The destruction of rainforests in Southeast Asia and increasingly in Africa to make way for palm oil cultivation is a "direct threat" to the survival of great apes such as the orangutan, environmentalists warned Thursday. They said tropical forests were continuing to tumble at a rapid rate, with palm plantations a key driver, despite a decade-old drive by the industry's Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to encourage sustainable cultivation.
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