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Scientists Say Massive Palm Oil Plantation Will "Cut the Heart Out" of Cameroon's Rainforest


Environment  (tags: rainforest protection, rainforests, development, Third World, africa, environment, conservation, ecosystems, pollution, humans, habitat, habitatdestruction, world, wildlife, protection )

Cal
- 928 days ago - news.mongabay.com
Eleven top scientists have slammed a proposed palm oil plantation in a Cameroonian rainforest surrounded by five protected areas



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Jennifer C. (172)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 7:29 pm
Thanks for the post.
 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 8:26 pm
noted, thank you Cal
 

Gary C. (5)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 8:49 pm
Noted , Thankyou....
 

ellen m. (222)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 9:11 pm
And we all know they wont stop there...so disheartening!
 

pam w. (191)
Thursday March 15, 2012, 11:00 pm
OF COURSE it will! This area is home to the highly endangered DRILL and other animals. The loggers will be followed by hunters with automatic weapons....who shoot anything that moves and sell it as "bush meat."

You should see Borneo.....DAMN these people!
 

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Friday March 16, 2012, 12:02 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 16, 2012, 4:21 am
thank you
 

John Gregoire (255)
Friday March 16, 2012, 5:48 am
Works the same asa clear cut! Very bad.
 

. (0)
Friday March 16, 2012, 6:40 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Craig Pittman (45)
Friday March 16, 2012, 7:04 am
The assaults on the environment just never seem to stop. Well, we can at least react to each new challenge. Thanks Cal.
 

leslie c. (18)
Friday March 16, 2012, 7:37 am
Noted & tweeted. Thanks for the story.
 

Michela m. (3946)
Friday March 16, 2012, 7:42 am
THANKS!!
POSTED in: http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=28682&pst=1296002&saved=1
 

Michela m. (3946)
Friday March 16, 2012, 7:42 am
See the related Petition there:
http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=28682&pst=1296002&saved=1
 

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Friday March 16, 2012, 7:51 am
It makes no sense at all to cut down beautiful old forest just to plant young trees. How can they even try to claim that this is beneficial to the environment? Not only do massive old growth vegetation deal with carbon more effectively, but old trees roots are very deep. They draw water from way below the surface, whereas young trees draw it from nearer the topsoil and deplete the moisture in the area. The animals that live there are diverse and tragic, they are the very ones we have all been trying to save. Employees will not only hunt bushmeat, but I'm sure that the Asian market will approach them for body parts and offer more money than they make from agriculture. These companies always lie in their assessments. Why do they never farm where the land is already devoid of trees? Then they could honestly say that they are doing some good.
 

Muriel Servaege (47)
Friday March 16, 2012, 8:28 am
Thank you for the article. Have a look at the next page to read my comment. Destroying forests should be forbidden: people harm animalks, other people and the planet we live on. It is simply irresponsible.
 

Jason S. (57)
Friday March 16, 2012, 8:56 am
Thanks for the post.
 

Mike L. (1)
Friday March 16, 2012, 9:24 am
People just feel like they have to d this stuff i guess, but we don't have a reverence for the gifts of nature is beyond me. Don't these people know that cutting down forests means less oxygen ultimately? #SMH
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday March 16, 2012, 9:49 am
Thanks Cal.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Friday March 16, 2012, 9:55 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Alex Keir (1)
Friday March 16, 2012, 10:08 am
Okay, this is insane.
 

Birgitta S. (235)
Friday March 16, 2012, 11:15 am
Alex Keir said it.

TU, Cal.
 

JL A. (275)
Friday March 16, 2012, 11:16 am
Rainforests are essential to our planet's and all people's survival--plans harming the heart of a rainforest can be the equivalent of clearcutting its entirety and thus require opposition.
 

Dave C. (214)
Friday March 16, 2012, 11:45 am
noted, very sad.....
 

Marlene Dinkins (233)
Friday March 16, 2012, 12:19 pm
thnx for the oosting
 

Corinne Cothern (0)
Friday March 16, 2012, 1:26 pm
Wow, we just met a woman from Cameroon last night at an Obama film screening, and she was telling us all about this. So much we don't know, but I guess that just by keeping our eyes, ears, hearts and minds open, we learn what we need to learn.
 

Elizabeth M. (67)
Friday March 16, 2012, 1:40 pm
I hope Herakles farm gets shut down for misleading, misrepresenting and disobeying the Cameroonian law. They have been warned and continue to destroy the forests. It is a terrible situation for Cameroon's wildlife, with little habitat left.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 16, 2012, 2:19 pm
I read the ingredients on some "Girl Scout" cookies the other day...Samoas, they were called. While I did not see eggs listed as an ingredient, I noticed PALM OIL! We must stop deforestation for cattle and domestic animal grazing, GMO anything, Palm, toilet paper pulp, etc. We already have enough cleared land globally to feed all with organic grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, delicacies made form these ingredients...(seaweed, too) using far less water, land, polluting FAR less, and causing NO PAIN and SUFFERING to life. LET'S CREATE GOOD KARMA FOR A CHANGE.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 16, 2012, 4:00 pm
Do not let this happen.
 

Lin Penrose (92)
Friday March 16, 2012, 4:24 pm
Thanks Cal. So many of we human consumers are consuming, driving markets that hurt the whole earth.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 16, 2012, 5:06 pm
thanks for posting this Cal, it would be a shame to loose this rain forest
 

Nora D. (3)
Friday March 16, 2012, 5:42 pm
Please supply us with a petition so we can help!
 

marie c. (168)
Friday March 16, 2012, 5:48 pm
Yes Cecille D great idea hope it has not gone too far we can but try so disheartening
Thanks Cal
 

Monica D. (580)
Friday March 16, 2012, 7:07 pm
Humanity needs to live sustanably with nature. We need to reduce the pressure on nature, by restraining our numbers and per capita demands. Unfortunately the economic system appears to be addicted to growth - growth which the planet can no longer sustain.
 

Shelly Peterson (213)
Friday March 16, 2012, 8:01 pm
WE NEED MASSIVE PETITIONS MY FRIENDS!!...PLEASE & THANKYOU!!
 

Bernard Cronyn (31)
Saturday March 17, 2012, 3:36 am
All to support the mythology and lies perpetuated about the impossible sustainability of Bio-Fuels.
 

Kathy Javens (104)
Saturday March 17, 2012, 7:09 am
Noted. their greed is destroying so much!!!!!!! When will it stop??????
 

John S. (304)
Saturday March 17, 2012, 8:18 am
Noted.
 

Brenda Towers (0)
Saturday March 17, 2012, 8:45 am
Noted.
 

Brenda Burks (1)
Saturday March 17, 2012, 8:50 am
noted
 

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Saturday March 17, 2012, 9:18 am
I learned more about this recently. Open areas in the midst of old growth provides for the invasion of pests that thrive in heat and sunlight. They start at the edges and work their way in through the forest. Normally resistant trees succumb more readily because they are weakened by moisture loss.
 

Dawn Mason (110)
Saturday March 17, 2012, 10:43 am
Noted! Thanks!
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Saturday March 17, 2012, 1:33 pm
noted thx!
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Saturday March 17, 2012, 1:34 pm
noted thx!
 

Mael van der Vliet (25)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 5:15 am
Thank you for the post ! :)
Noted.
 

Rich Blue (72)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 5:38 am
absurd claims..very sad..how can this be stopped?
 

Rich Blue (72)
Sunday March 18, 2012, 6:10 am
its shameful plunder of the earth just to fulfill unreasonable demands for oil when other alternative can be easily explored. Future generations will not entirely blame the Big fat profit monger corporations and brainless policy makers but the senseless consumers= Us! they will blame all of us for not stopping this
 

Yvonne F. (175)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 3:05 am
Heartbreaking!!! Why do we need Palm Oil in the first place??? Don't we have oils enough? The human being can't be very intelligent, since we are destroying our own habitat! Thanks Cal for sharing
 
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