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The News Minute | October 5, 2014 | 3.31 pm IST  WWF International, the world’s largest conservation group has been accused of “greewashing” the operations of big industry and powerful businesses, according to a book that was recently published in English. A book The Silnce of the Pandas was written in German by Wilfried Huismann and has been in the public domain since 2012, but for the first time, the book will be available in English renamed Pandaleaks, The Guardian reported. According to Huismann has alleged that several large corporations such as Coca-Cola, Shell, Monsanto, HSBC, Cargill, BP, Alcoa and Marine Harvesthave benefitted from WWF’s activities. Huismann also says that the group’s first corporate donor was Shell, and one of it’s presidents also served as the president of the WWF.  The Guardian reported: “Pandaleaks also attacks the WWF's loose relationship with the energy industry. Its first corporate sponsor was Shell, one of whose presidents also served as president of WWF. The organisation has said recently that it is phasing out donations from fossil fuel companies, but this is not complete and in 2010 it was paid by Shell and BP to study which forests in the southern hemisphere should be retained and where land could be cleared for industrial use.” WWF has been accused of facilitating the eviction of indigenous people in India and Africa, but a spokesperson for WWF denied these allegations.
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