Publications

This report profiles the palm oil plantation practices of one of Malaysia’s biggest palm oil producers, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK).
In rainforests half a world away from the United States, orangutans are making their last stand for survival. Scientists warn that these gentle and intelligent animals, among humankind’s closest kin, could become extinct within our lifetime if their rainforest homes continue to be destroyed for palm oil plantations. But the primary threat pushing them toward extinction lies much closer to home than you may think: you’ll find it hidden in the snack food aisle of your local grocery store, and likely in your own shopping cart.
What is palm oil? Why are rainforests being burned down for palm oil? How can you help stop rainforests from being burned down for palm oil? These are good questions—and we have answers. Here’s everything you need to know about the world’s most widely used edible oil.
Dump Now, Pay Later: Coal Ash Disposal Risks Facing U.S. Electric Power Producers
In this fourth annual Coal Report Card, Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, and BankTrack evaluated the largest U.S. banks based on their financing of coal, which is the largest contributor to U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
Arch Coal, the Blair Mountain Battlefield, and Bank Human Rights Commitments
Selenium Risk at Alpha Natural Resources’s Mountaintop Removal Mines: Insight from the Patriot Coal Bankruptcy and Regulatory Monitoring Data
The banking sector accelerates global climate change through its “financed emissions,” the greenhouse gas emissions induced by bank loans, investments, and financial services. A bank’s physical operations typically have a modest climate impact, but banks that finance coal-fired electric utilities or fossil fuel producers bear co-responsibility for the massive quantities of greenhouse gases emitted by these companies. Major banks therefore have financed emissions footprints that are much larger than their operational climate impacts and expose them to both reputational and financial risks.
A coal finance report card produced by Rainforest Action Network, the Sierra Club and BankTrack. We examine the policies and practices of the largest U.S. banks.
A manmade inferno inside the globally renowned Tripa rainforest in Aceh, Indonesia is pushing this forest’s unique population of Sumatran orangutans to the brink of extinction. Destruction inside palm oil plantation leases is driving the end of this great lowland forest, despite years of efforts by local communities to defend their forests and livelihood.
Are corporations paying their fair share when it comes to taxes or are these billion dollar behemoths being taxed too much? Take a look at what the top ten banks, coal and oil companies should have paid if they complied with the 35% statutory tax rate, what they actually paid in taxes in 2011, and how much they profited.
Five Ways to Change the World in 2012 | Levi's Unzips New Policy to Protect Rainforests | The High Stakes of the Palm Oil Crisis | Appeals Court in Ecuador Upholds Chevron Guilty Verdict | Tar Sands Pipeline Faces Imminent Demise | RAN Launches National Campaign Targeting Bank of America
A Year For Transformative Change
As outrage at the country’s largest banks increases with the Occupy Movement and record bank customers move money to credit unions and local banks, RAN finds yet another reason customers should be wary of BoA. Our campaign briefing shines a light on the company as the country’s top financier of the coal industry, in turn, a leading contributor to climate change in the United States.
The Outcry for Climate Solutions Has Become An Uproar | From The Canopy | Cargill Sidesteps Palm Oil Problem | The Motorcycle Diaries | RAN Calls On Bank Of America To Quit Coal | Tar Sands Action Kicks Off in D.C.
This infographic shows exactly how pristine rainforests get turned into palm oil plantations, how they make their way onto our grocery store shelves and into our homes, and what we can do about it.
This image-rich trifold brochure summarizes the driving forces behind Indonesia's deforestation crisis as well as its impact on wildlife, humans and the climate.
Protect-an-Acre Empowers forest communities by providing financial aid to traditionally under-funded organizations and communities in forest regions.
From the cradle to the grave, coal is a risky business. Each stage in the life cycle of coal– extraction, transportation and combustion–presents increasing health, environmental, reputational, legislative and financial risks.
Chevron Found Guilty In Ecuador | Reclaiming Stolen Lands | From The Canopy | Historic Trial Finds Chevron Liable For $18 Billion In Ecuador | RAN Descends On The Magic Kingdom | RAN Demands Banking Industry Quit Coal
Read about the community of Desum Gembira’s struggle to protect their land from Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). APP is rapidly clear cutting and draining huge areas of Indonesia's diverse rainforests and peatlands and violating community rights and impacting livelihoods across the archipelago.
We reviewed 12 of the dirtiest corporate tax dodgers: Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, Chevron, BP, Shell, Exxon, Massey Energy, Alpha Natural Resources, Peabody Energy and Arch Coal. These 12 banks, oil and coal companies are responsible for foreclosing on millions of people’s homes and polluting our air, water and climate. At the same time, we found that they pay next to nothing into a tax system that provides the very services that protect the homeless, the sick and our environment.
Rainforest Action Network and the Sierra Club’s report card, Policy and Practice, ranks ten of the world’s largest banks on their financing of mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining projects and lending policies.
1985-2010: 25 Years Of Challenging Corporate Power | General Mills Joins Race To Protect Indonesia's Rainforests, Can Cargill Catch Up? | From The Canopy | RAN Exposes Truth Beneath Chevron's New Ad Campaign | Royal Bank Of Canada Steps Away From The Tar Sands | Rainforest Action Network's Top Ten of 2010 | Top Five Ways To Protect Rainforests In 2011 | RAN Challenges Book Publishers To Go Green On Black Friday | Appalachia Rises Against MTR