BHP Billiton corporation threat to orang-utans of Borneo

This video is about orang-utans.

Talking about greenwashing by corporations … from The Sunday Times in Britain:

Mining giant to raze apes’ forest home

Clare Rewcastle and Jon Ungoed-Thomas

THE world’s biggest mining company, a supporter of the BBC’s Saving Planet Earth campaign to protect orang-utans, is planning to raze some of the great apes’ rainforest habitat.

Documents obtained by The Sunday Times reveal that the Anglo-Australian group BHP Billiton plans to exploit mining rights across swathes of Borneo’s tropical forests in southeast Asia. It has lobbied for the protected status of some of these areas to be lifted so it can clear the trees and dig for coal.

Details of the proposed open cast mines in the region, known as the Heart of Borneo, have outraged environmentalists and wildlife experts.

Orang-utan ancestry: here.

Primates of Indonesia video: here.

Proboscis monkeys of Borneo: here.

Geology of Borneo caves: here.

15 thoughts on “BHP Billiton corporation threat to orang-utans of Borneo

  1. Primates go ape over shredded bedding
    5:00AM Monday March 24, 2008
    By Angela Gregory

    One person’s rubbish is another ape’s bedding, as Auckland Zoo has discovered.

    The zoo’s nine Borneo orang-utans, aged from 2 to 30, now sleep on fresh shredded paper each week.

    Primate team leader Amy Dixon said the primates made nests every night with the paper – just as they would in the wild with plant matter.

    Kevin Obern, managing director of OfficeMax, which donated the shredded paper, said the company initially thought about giving the paper to a local pet shop but found that once the paper was used, it was thrown out.

    “We wanted to find an even more sustainable, long term use for the paper. After the orang-utans have used the paper, the zoo sends it to a specialist waste management company where it is treated to enable it to be included in a fertiliser.”

    He said the company has now reduced its total amount of shredded waste by about half. OfficeMax also had its own worm farm as part of its commitment to reduce digestible waste going to landfill and improve the environment.


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