Margi Prideaux

Our Addiction to Palm Oil Is Wiping Out Wildlife and Threatening Food Security

Palm oil is now a ubiquitous international commodity. It’s a key ingredient in a wide range of consumer products—foods, cosmetics, soaps, pharmaceuticals and biofuel. The demand for palm oil is strong. The World Bank has estimated that an additional 28 million metric tons of vegetable oils will have to be produced annually by 2020. Oil palm will be a major contributor to this tonnage. By 2050 palm oil demand is forecast to be 240 million metric tons per annum, nearly twice the tonnage in 2009.

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Move Over, Paris: New Global Pact Could Finally Grant Planet Earth a Right to Survival

Despite any claims in the press, nothing new has progressed in international environmental law for a few decades. Activity has been focused on fine-tuning the existing agreements; but now moves are afoot to finally grant planet Earth a right to survival.

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To Prevent Species Extinction Due to Trump's Lack of Climate Action, Local Communities Must Step Up (Yes, This Means You)

Over the last year, the world has tipped on its axis. I have been thankful that writing deadlines have loomed, giving me an excuse to focus elsewhere. It has granted me the space to collect my thoughts about the bigger political picture unfolding. Still, most days my subconscious has registered alarm at the news I have dared to open.  

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Zoos Are the Problem, Not the Solution, to Animal Conservation

In the past month the deaths of animals in captivity have highlighted continuing concerns around conservation. Zoos are entertainment, and while they contribute to conservation they don’t provide any real solution. Wildlife can only be saved by empowering their protection in their own natural habitats—and that means we have to work with local communities and not against them.

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