Oil palm plantations no substitute for tropical rainforests
Source : biopact.com
The continued expansion of oil palm plantations will worsen the dual environmental crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, unless rainforests are better protected, warn scientists in a comprehensive review of the subject. Lead author Emily Fitzherbert from the Zoological Society of London and University of East Anglia says there has been much debate over the role of palm oil production in tropical deforestation and its impacts on biodiversity. The researchers wanted to put the discussion on a more scientific footing. They point to the potential threats of an unregulated expansion of palm oil plantations, but they also offer some strategies to reduce these pressures.
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16 September 2008 |
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