Orangutan graveyards

Orangutans are being driven from their homes to make way for palm oil production. 
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greenpeaceJoao Talocchi, Greenpeace

Shocking news out of Indonesia: Greenpeace investigators, working with the Friends of National Parks Foundation, have found something sinister on a palm oil plantation: an orangutan graveyard.
While we don’t yet know how or why the orangutan remains came to be buried in the dirt on a palm oil plantation, we know that orangutans do not bury their dead: this was done by human hands.
You can make sure Greenpeace can continue to uncover, expose and fight against the impacts of environmental devastation, by making a donation today.
Deforestation has led to a 50% decline in the orangutan population of Borneo, where the buried orangutan remains were found. And we know that palm oil production is the single biggest cause of deforestation in Indonesia. Even worse, we’ve learned that an American company, Procter & Gamble, buys palm oil from suppliers who are linked to the very plantation where we found the orangutan remains.
This is why we’re part of a global movement demanding that Procter & Gamble commit to a No Deforestation Policy immediately in its products like Head & Shoulders shampoo. Already, over half a million people have joined with Greenpeace to bring this demand to P&G. But so far, P&G refuses to budge. 
We need to turn up the heat on P&G and other companies linked to the destruction of key habitat for orangutans and other animals. Help us make this possible by donating today. Your donation will also support our work to fight global warming, protect our oceans, and other campaigns to protect our environment.
Real change is already happening, thanks to the support of people like you. More and more companies — like Hershey, L’Oreal, and Unilever — are committing to deforestation-free practices. And just yesterday, we learned that Mars has committed to a No Deforestation policy. 
Indonesian rainforest habitats are disappearing so quickly, we have to act now. We won’t just sit and wait for holdouts like P&G to come around.  We must ensure that the palm oil industry changes quickly enough to save animals like the orangutan.
Please make a gift now to support our work to protect natural places around the globe. To have a healthy, diverse planet, we must end deforestation. This won’t be easy, but I know we can do it with you at our side.
For the forests,
Joao Talocchi Greenpeace Palm Oil Campaigner
P.S. Please stand up for animals like orangutans and make a donation today. Your support will make a huge difference in the fight to protect their forest home.

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On the 25th anniversary of the web, let’s keep it free and open

On the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, we’re pleased to share this guest post from Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web. In this post he reflects on the past, present and future of the web—and encourages the rest of us to fight to keep it free and open. -Ed.
Today is the web’s 25th birthday.

On March 12, 1989, I distributed a proposal to improve information flows: “a ‘web’ of notes with links between them.”
Though CERN, as a physics lab, couldn’t justify such a general software project, my boss Mike Sendall allowed me to work on it on the side. In 1990, I wrote the first browser and editor. In 1993, after much urging, CERN declared that WWW technology would be available to all, without paying royalties, forever.

The first web server, used by Tim Berners-Lee. Photo via Wikipedia

This decision enabled tens of thousands to start working together to build the web. Now, about 40 percent of us are connected and creating online. The web has generated trillions of dollars of economic value, transformed education and healthcare and activated many new movements for democracy around the world. And we’re just getting started.
How has this happened? By design, the underlying Internet and the WWW are non-hierarchical, decentralized and radically open. The web can be made to work with any type of information, on any device, with any software, in any language. You can link to any piece of information. You don’t need to ask for permission. What you create is limited only by your imagination.
So today is a day to celebrate. But it’s also an occasion to think, discuss—and do. Key decisions on the governance and future of the Internet are looming, and it’s vital for all of us to speak up for the web’s future. How can we ensure that the other 60 percent around the world who are not connected get online fast? How can we make sure that the web supports all languages and cultures, not just the dominant ones? How do we build consensus around open standards to link the coming Internet of Things? Will we allow others to package and restrict our online experience, or will we protect the magic of the open web and the power it gives us to say, discover, and create anything? How can we build systems of checks and balances to hold the groups that  can spy on the net accountable to the public? These are some of my questions—what are yours?
On the 25th birthday of the web, I ask you to join in—to help us imagine and build the future standards for the web, and to press for every country to develop a digital bill of rights to advance a free and open web for everyone. Learn more at webat25.org, and speak up for the sort of web we really want with #web25.
Posted by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web

Citizenship = Growth


Citizenship For Unauthorized Immigrants Helps Everyone

We know by now about the huge number of economic benefits associated with comprehensive immigration reform — and that Congressional inaction has carried a heavy cost. House Republicans have stalled the legislation passed by the Senate, in part due to their opposition to a pathway to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants.  But as our colleagues at the Center for American Progress show in a new infographic, allowing unauthorized immigrants to become citizens brings a whole host of economic benefits for all Americans.  Take a look:



BOTTOM LINE: The economic benefits of including a pathway to citizenship in immigration reform are overwhelming. A majority of Americans support allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for citizenship. It’s time for House Republicans to stop stalling and do their job.