Palm Oil Is Killing the Sumatran Tiger

31 Oct


Correction appended: Nov. 1, 2013

It’s in your mascara, your laundry detergent and even your Oreo cookies — the world is addicted to palm oil. Indonesia is the largest exporter, but production there comes at a huge cost. Oil-palm plantations have savagely encroached on the nation’s diverse rainforests, and slash-and-burn clearance for new plantations recently engulfed much of Southeast Asia in acrid smog. Now a report from environmental group Greenpeace blames illegal oil-palm concessions for driving the Sumatran tiger to the brink of extinction.

According to maps released by Indonesia’s Ministry of Forestry, 1.24 million hectares of irreplaceable forest were lost from 2009 to ’11, including nearly two-thirds of all Sumatran tiger habitat. Just 400 of these indigenous Asian felines are now thought to remain on the island, which sees a staggering quarter-million hectares vanish for palm and pulp each year, decimating the vital tracts of rainforest that the…

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