VICE on HBO Investigates “Indonesia’s Palm Bomb”

Now in its third season, VICE on HBO has provided powerful investigative reports on some of the most compelling and urgent issues around the world. In its latest episode airing tonight, the VICE team travels to Indonesia to see how the expansion of palm oil plantations and deforestation have impacted wildlife populations, local communities, and our global climate. The report also includes an interview with Forest Heroes chairman Glenn Hurowitz, among others.

Watch a sneak peak of the episode, showing the work of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program to protect critically endangered populations in Indonesia:

Here’s the official synopsis from VICE: “Palm oil is used in almost all of the foods we eat and most of our household products—everything from packaged bread to cookies to toothpaste and soap. Production of palm oil has surged as a cheap alternative to trans fats. But as demand grows, growers in Indonesia are pushing farther and farther onto rainforest land, torching the forests as they go. The mass-burning of Indonesian jungles poses a major threat to wildlife, indigenous populations, and our global climate. VICE’s Ben Anderson goes to Indonesia to see the realities of the palm oil boom up close.”

We hope you can tune in to HBO tonight at 11 pm ET, or stream it online via HBO Now.

On April 17, 2015

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