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Michael Taylor

SE Asia urged to cooperate on taking firms to task over fire haze

10 Oct 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Southeast Asian governments must improve cross-border collaboration if they are serious about punishing companies found to have started forest fires that send harmful smoke drifting across the region, researchers said on Thursday.

Asian palm oil giants take action over green group's rainforest probe

01 Oct 2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Two Asian palm oil traders that supply to a list of major consumer brands are investigating two mills accused this week of buying from an illegal plantation in Indonesian rainforest that is home to endangered orangutans.

RPT-Palm oil from 'orangutan capital of world' sold to major brands, says forest group

30 Sep 2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Palm oil from an illegal plantation inside an Indonesian rainforest home to endangered orangutans has found its way into the supply chains of major consumer brands including Unilever and Nestle, according to a U.S.-based environmental group.

Palm oil from 'orangutan capital of world' sold to major brands, says forest group

30 Sep 2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Palm oil from an illegal plantation inside an Indonesian rainforest home to endangered orangutans has found its way into the supply chains of major consumer brands including Unilever and Nestle, according to a U.S.-based environmental group.

INTERVIEW-Retired doctor turns to Singapore's judiciary to scrap gay sex ban

27 Sep 2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - F rustrated by inaction from lawmakers, a retired Singaporean doctor is pinning his hopes on the country's judiciary to repeal a law that can imprison men for engaging in gay sex for up to two years.

Indonesia's president urged to scrap anti-LGBT+ law changes

20 Sep 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indonesia's president, who on Friday ordered lawmakers to delay a planned vote on updates to the country's penal code, has been urged to scrap the changes as they would further persecute the country's beleaguered LGBT+ community.

Filipina chef relying on chocoholics to help beat typhoon threats

19 Sep 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Filipina chef is hoping chocolate will become the secret ingredient needed to help farmers in her typhoon-hit community survive and prosper when future natural disasters strike.

Filipina chef relying on chocoholics to help beat typhoon threats

19 Sep 2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Filipina chef is hoping chocolate will become the secret ingredient needed to help farmers in her typhoon-hit community survive and prosper when future natural disasters strike.

INTERVIEW -China's love of stinky durian 'next big threat' to Malaysian rainforest

12 Sep 2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Soaring Chinese demand for the stinky durian fruit is turning into the next big threat to Malaysia's depleted rainforest, a conservation expert said on Thursday, urging regulation.

No palm oil or green palm oil? Retailers face labeling dilemma

10 Sep 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Retailers in Malaysia and Indonesia should ensure shoppers can easily find foods made with sustainable palm oil, instead of refusing to stock products that steer clear of the controversial oil, environmentalists said on Tuesday.

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