Some of your relatives are probably about to die

Exist stage right posted a fascinating article about the crisis of Orangutangs–which are now a couple of steps away from being extinct. Excerpt:

Once it was a mighty orange army, 300,000-strong. Now the tree-dwelling mammal is down to its last 25,000 as its habitat is destroyed in favour of palm oil plantations. David McNeill reports from the sanctuary in Borneo battling to keep them alive

The article can be read in it’s entirety here.

This is one of those issues where you don’t even know where to begin. It’s a caustic and completely out of control situation, and as the article states, it is also bitterly ironic that the forests are being destroyed for biofuel. This massive project of resource exploitation has been tearing across SE Asia for years, and it looks like the amazon could be next.

This is the part of the drama when one of you generous philanthropists happens by and decides to buy a buffer zone of land around preserves…



~ by ethmgallagher on March 26, 2009.

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