The Palm Scribe

Big NGOs should stop monkeying around and get tougher on the West

In 1990 there were about 400 international environmental groups. Today, this number is more like 1.4…

Two ways to value sustainable palm oil

What is the value of sustainable palm oil? For some, it is the conservation of tropical…

Zero-burning policy hurts small farmers – a flexible approach is needed

To tackle the ongoing disaster of fires and haze that harm human health and the environment, since…

Giant lizards are thriving on Borneo’s oil palm plantations

Oil palm trees plague the once untouched and wild island of Borneo. Towering rainforests have been…

Palm oil: scourge of the earth, or wonder crop?

If you happen to mention palm oil to most people outside of Asia you are unlikely…

Palm oil politics impede sustainability in Southeast Asia

Indonesia and Malaysia are at the centre of the world’s decades-long palm oil boom. Between them…

No, palm oil is not responsible for 40% of global deforestation

A little over a month ago, Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Ministry sought to extend a moratorium on issuing…

People, palm oil, pulp, and planet: four perspectives on Indonesia’s fire-stricken peatlands

Peat means different things to different people. To many Irish people, it means fuel. To the…