Monday, October 26, 2009

Palm Oil Plantations are Not Rain Forests! Grrrr!

Today's short term gain will have us all gasping for air and pleading for relief when the dummies find out they went too far!

Rainforest treaty 'fatally flawed'

Climate summit loophole lets palm oil producers cull vital wilderness


By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor


Under proposals due to be ratified at the summit, countries which cut down
rainforests and convert them to plantations of trees such as oil palms would
still be able to classify the result as forest and could receive millions of
dollars meant for preserving them. An earlier version of the text ruled out
such a conversion but has been deleted, and the EU delegation – headed by
Britain – has blocked its reinsertion.


Now they are calling on Britain to take a lead in restoring the
anti-plantations safeguard at the final negotiating session in a week's
time, saying that otherwise the agreement – which seeks to halve global
deforestation rates by 2020 – will be fatally flawed.

Regenerated palm oil trees are seen growing on the site of destroyed tropical rainforest in Kuala Cenaku, Indonesia

Regenerated palm oil trees are seen growing on the site of destroyed tropical rainforest in Kuala Cenaku, Indonesia

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