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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10 November 2014  SANTA MONICA, CA - PRLog  -- Orangutans, the only great ape naturally found in the forests of Southeast Asia, face an uncertain future. Their rain forest home on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra continues to be destroyed as vast agricultural estates replace millions of hectares of bio-diverse jungle each year. As a consequence orangutans on Borneo are considered endangered and those on Sumatra are critically endangered according to the IUCN’s Redbook.

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Climate scientists, high-profile television, film and theatrical works, and ethical business honored with Pongo Environmental Award at Orang Utan Republik Foundation's Annual Fundraiser

22 October 2014- (PRWEB) - Los Angeles, California.   Actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr. joined leading environmentalists, animal rights activists, and NASA’s climate scientists in Beverly Hills on Sunday, October 19th for the Orang Utan Republik Foundation’s (OURF) annual fundraiser and 2014 Pongo Environmental Awards.

Among this year’s recipients of the 2014 Pongo Awards include, Showtime's “Years of Living Dangerously,” for the series’ work in promoting climate change awareness and education, Professor Michael Mann, one of the most important, resilient, outspoken and courageous climate warriors our time, and “The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” for the film’s dramatic portrayal of an evolving population of great apes and a devolving population of humans in what could be a possible future based on technology and failure to be good stewards of the planet. Playwright George Shea and actor Mike Farrell were honored for the stage production of “Dr. Keeling’s Curve,” the one man show about Dr. David Keeling, the scientist known worldwide for his work documenting global warming. Finally, Ronna Phelps, owner of Chandler Farm, was honored for creating a palm-oil free beauty and skin care line of products with profits benefiting orangutan groups.

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22 September 2014- Jakarta- Rain Forest Action Network.   In the final weeks of his presidency, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has come under massive international pressure to act to protect one of the world’s most biodiverse forests. 

On the eve of the UN Climate Summit in New York, thousands of tweets flooded the President’s personal twitter account, @SBYudhoyono, asking him to protect the Leuser Ecosystem, as recent studies found Indonesia to have overtaken Brazil in having the highest rate of deforestation in the world. Located at the country’s most western tip, the fate of the Leuser Ecosystem rests entirely on the cancellation of an illegal spatial plan drawn up by the government of Aceh province.

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Apes, elephants, rhinos and tigers at dire risk if unsustainable palm oil plantations allowed in Sumatran reserve

22 August 2014 - theguardian.com -  One of the world’s leading orangutan experts has called on Australian food manufacturers to speed up efforts to ditch unsustainable palm oil, warning that the situation “has never been so desperate” for the threatened primates. Dr Ian Singleton, head of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program, said the apes, with the Sumatran elephant, rhino and tiger, were facing a “major extinction event” due to plans to open up a critical reserve for logging and construction.

 

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