The increased use of palm oil has one potentially deadly side-effect – for orangutans.
Palm oil is found in plenty of household goods and groceries, including toothpaste and margarine, but creating palm oil requires the deforestation of a critical habitat for the Borneo orangutan, one of our closest living relatives.
As of February, the species were considered ‘critically endangered’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) which is the highest classification. Biological Sciences applicants should consider how conservation measures must be weight against the production of fast moving consumer goods, and Economics and Geography applicants should consider which stakeholders are involved when making decisions about conservation of monetarily valuable land.
While the prognosis for orangutans looks worrying (as it does for the Sumatran tiger, Sumatran rhino and Sumatran elephant who are also affected by this deforestation) there are products containing palm oil which are more ethically sourced and environmentally conscious. PPE and HSPS applicants should investigate the trend of ethical consumerism, particularly in developed countries, and how much consumer choices contribute to conservation and protection of wildlife.
- Personal Statement Action Plan: Section 2 of 2 You’ve done your reading. You’ve made your brainstorm. You’ve possibly... Read more >
- Interactive Interview Exercise Manual ‘What should I expect at my Oxbridge interview?’ ‘How will... Read more >
- History of Art Reading List History of Art at Oxford and Cambridge allows you to... Read more >
- Download an English Personal Statement “My background as a student at a European School, including... Read more >
- Funding Your Oxbridge Degree Many people are under the impression that it is more... Read more >
- Stats report: our annual survey Every year, we survey hundreds of applicants who applied the... Read more >
- Sports psychology for interviews Channel your inner champion Major sports personalities use these techniques... Read more >
- Your free E-book… “So You Want To Go To Oxbridge? Tell me about a banana…” If you are applying to Oxford or Cambridge, there are... Read more >
- Music Scholarships There is a wide range of musical scholarships available to... Read more >
- International Applicant Handbook This incredible resource will guide you through every stage of... Read more >
- Maths Puzzle: a game of chess We asked one of our top Maths Oxbridge tutors for... Read more >
- Cambridge Language Test mini mock paper & answers Many Cambridge colleges require applicants for Modern Languages to sit... Read more >
- Download a Physics Personal Statement “Over the past few years I have become gradually more... Read more >
- Personal Statement Workbook Download A personal statement is a unique document which is all... Read more >
- Personal statement: our tips in the Independent Here are 3 quick tips every hopeful should consider before... Read more >
- Are my grades good enough for Oxbridge? Grades are an area of much misunderstanding when it comes... Read more >
- What You Need To Know About A Level Reforms The A Level system that has been in place since... Read more >
- Geography and Earth Sciences Reading Lists Whether you’re looking at Geography, Earth Sciences (Geology), or Land... Read more >
- MAT mini mock paper & answers If you are planning to apply to Oxford to read... Read more >
- How is the BMAT marked? The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is marked significantly differently from... Read more >
- Music Reading List Applying for Music at Cambridge or Oxford requires a range... Read more >
- Oxford college snapshots With 35 colleges and Permanent Private Halls, choosing how to... Read more >
- Oxbridge: the global impact Concerning UK university admissions, UCAS have released some interesting stats.... Read more >
- 20 Real-Life Oxford and Cambridge Interview Questions The Oxford and Cambridge interviews are notorious for having academically... Read more >