From cookies to biodiesel, palm oil is everywhere. But it has a bad environmental reputation. A small company in Sierra Leone is trying to do things differently.
Pesticides, deforestation and monocultures are wreaking havoc for Nepalese farmers, causing landslides and degrading the soil. Activists are using puppetry to make a change.
The EU's biofuel policy was meant to help the climate. Instead it's been linked to loss of rainforest because of its reliance on palm oil. New rules aim to phase out the oil but the problem runs deeper, say experts.
Nigeria is struggling to create jobs for its 69 million unemployed young people, while facing growing fossil fuel consumption. Analyst Sylvia Nwoko thinks focusing on meeting climate change goals could cut unemployment.
Palm oil can be used in everything from cosmetics to fuel, and is cheap and efficient to produce. But this versatile crop has a dark side — its incredible popularity has caused widespread environmental destruction.
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