In a recent announcement, Rainforest Action Network and Orangutan Outreach have set up an online petition urging Oz to retract his support of red palm oil. According to RAN and Orangutan Outreach, the cultivation of red palm oil is destroying jungles in Borneo and Sumatra. According to the two groups, 90 percent of palm oil originates in Indonesia and Malaysia. The increased demand for this product has led to massive forest clearings, putting ecosystems and wildlife in danger.
SAN FRANCISCO—A report released today by Rainforest Action Network details risks associated with Arch Coal and its plans to develop a new mountaintop removal coal mine at Blair Mountain in West Virginia.
SAN FRANCISCO—Today, the Board of Directors at Rainforest Action Network has announced the appointment of Lindsey Allen, RAN's Forest Program Director, as Acting Executive Director for the organization.
WASHINGTON, DC—Today lawmakers in the US House of Representatives introduced the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act(ACHE Act, HR 526)to protect Appalachian families and communities from the nation’s most extreme form of coal mining, mountaintop removal.
SAN FRANCISCO—New research released today in a Coal Risk Update by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) details how selenium discharges could expose Alpha Natural Resources to financial risks from water contamination at mountaintop removal mines. In 2012, environmental groups filed four separate lawsuits alleging repeated pollution violations at mine outfalls that could cost the company millions.
BOSTON–Rainforest Action Network (RAN) will present Banks, Climate Justice and the Green Economy tonight at the Democracy Center in Cambridge at 6:30 p.m. The first of several events planned in the Greater Boston area, the dialogue will focus on banks’ responsibility to address climate impacts stemming from financing fossil fuels like coal. Speakers include social justice advocate and business leader Bob Massie, Harvard divestment activist Alli Welton, and Rabbi Margie Klein of Moishe House Boston, among others.
SAN FRANCISCO—Hundreds are expected to memorialize environmental leader Rebecca Tarbotton at the Herbst Theater Saturday at 5 p.m. There will be words and inspiration from environmental and social justice leaders and musician Sean Hayes in a Celebration of Life memorial event to honor the legacy of Rebecca Tarbotton. Admired by many for her visionary work protecting rainforests, pushing for the transition to a clean energy economy and defending human rights, Tarbotton died unexpectedly December 26, 2012, at the age of 39.
SAN FRANCISCO– HarperCollins’ recent public commitment to no longer source paper connected to endangered rainforests signifies a fundamental, sector-wide shift in the US publishing industry. This move by HarperCollins is on the heels of a major announcement in October by Disney, which released a comprehensive global paper policy covering the company’s vast array of businesses and licensees.
Just over two years ago, independent fiber tests revealed paper linked to Indonesian rainforest destruction in books sold by nearly all top American publishers.
SAN FRANCISCO (12.28.12)—Rainforest Action Network (RAN), and the community that has grown around it for more than 25 years, are mourning the sudden and tragic loss of Executive Director, Rebecca Tarbotton, who died unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 26.