While palm oil biofuel production is a major source of income for Malaysia, clear-cutting the rain forest for the palm plantations also has dramatic ecological and social costs. Palm oil biofuel production growth is fuelling the rapid clearing of the most biodiverse tropical forest in the world, endangering species that need this habitat. In addition, forests contain large quantities of carbon which are released when they are burnt to make space for farming. Photographer Daniel Kukla started photographing the palm plantations in Borneo in October 2010:
“For me, the word ‘Borneo’ conjured up vivid dreams of lush impenetrable rain forests teeming with life. Upon my arrival to the island of Borneo I was confronted by the reality of this place where huge tracts of old growth rain forest have been cleared for oil palm plantations. After many long drives through the countryside seeing only palm plantations, I wanted to see the landscape might look like from a different vantage point. I took a small propeller plane around the southern part of Sabah to get this aerial shot. Despite the strange beauty to the verdant parallel lines and snaking dirt roads, I felt a sinking feeling while I was photographing. So much has already been lost and the plantations continue to eat away into the landscape.”
Climate Adaptation: Sexing-up the oil sands: The meaning of environmental protest in 2011 and why Keystone XL will be approved
The Keystone XL Pipeline has become a very controversial topic. Our guest blogger, Lindsay E. Brown, has written against the proposed construction on the basis of environmental concern.
Here at Earth Hour, we came across an alternative view to the Keystone Pipeline from Michael Cote. While you may or may not agree with the construction of the pipeline, there is value in understanding both sides of the debate and staying informed on the contested aspects of the issue. Check out this interesting read…
I agree with the NYTimes’s Andrew Revkin that Keystone XL pipeline protests are misconstrued and overreaching. True, there are some heavy weights on board, like Bill McKibben and James “game over” “NASA” Hansen. It’s hard to argue with such credentialed people and their deep, lifelong…