- No Compensation for Timber Traffickers
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) welcomes the unanimous rejection of the proposed payoff mechanism to Malagasy rosewood traffickers, agreed upon by the governing body of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES Standing Committee) at its meeting in Sochi.
- Investigation Reveals Hanko Demand Drives Japan's Illegal Ivory Trade
Nearly 200 retailers in Japan are willing to sell ivory hanko knowing the sought-after name seals are destined for export which is illegal, a new investigation reveals.
- Global Wildlife Treaty Put to Test by Growing Organized Forest Crime
Global Wildlife Treaty Put to Test by Growing Organized Forest Crime
- U.S. Government Confirms Challenges Remain for Peru to Ensure Legal Origin of Timber
In a report recently released by the U.S. government, the Interagency Committee on Trade in Timber Products from Peru (the Interagency Committee) found that challenges remain for Peru to ensure that timber exported from that country to the United States has been legally harvested.
- Gobierno de EE.UU. Confirma que Continúan los Problemas para Garantizar el Origen Legal de la Madera del Perú
Gobierno de EE.UU. Confirma que Continúan los Problemas para Garantizar el Origen Legal de la Madera del Perú
En un reciente informe publicado por el gobierno de los Estados Unidos, el Comité Multisectorial sobre el Comercio de Productos de Madera provenientes del Perú (el Comité Multisectorial) encontró que continúan los retos para que el Perú pueda garantizar que la madera que exporta hacia EE.UU. ha sido talada legalmente.
- EPA Proposes Rescinding Controls on Leaks of Superpollutant HFCs
Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will issue a proposed rule rescinding requirements to control leaks and venting of superpollutant hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) from refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.
- Alerta: El Gobierno Peruano Amenaza la Independencia del Osinfor
Alerta: El Gobierno Peruano Amenaza la Independencia del Osinfor
- Alert: Peruvian Government Threatening the Independence of Osinfor
Alert: Peruvian Government Threatening the Independence of Osinfor
- EIA Applauds IWC For Passing Resolution Addressing Underwater Noise Impacts to Protect Whales
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) commends the International Whaling Commission (IWC) for passing by consensus a new Resolution focused on addressing the impacts of anthropogenic underwater noise on cetaceans.
- EIA Applauds Passage of California Cooling Act
California’s legislature voted today to pass The California Cooling Act (SB 1013), which will make a significant contribution to reducing super pollutant hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The bill is expected to reduce HFC emissions by up to 17 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent annually by 2030.
- EPA Issues Final Rulemaking on Climate-Friendly Fridges
Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rulemaking that will allow the US market to transition away from hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent super greenhouse gases, in new household refrigerators and freezers.
- Austrian timber giant Schweighofer still driving destruction of ancient forests in Romania
Behind the Scenes takes detailed look at how the Austrian timber giant Holzindustrie Schweighofer, one of the largest wood processors in Romania, continues to fuel the destruction of Europe’s last old growth forests, in spite of five years of pledges not to source timber from national parks or protected areas.
- Romanian prosecutors raid Austrian timber giant for alleged organized crime
Romanian prosecutors raid Austrian timber giant for alleged organized crime
- Draft Cook Inlet LNG Pipeline Document Reveals Devastating Impact on Endangered Belugas
Draft Cook Inlet LNG Pipeline Document Reveals Devastating Impact on Endangered Belugas
- IMO Takes Major Step Towards Ending Dirty Fuel Use in the Arctic
EIA hails the IMO's agreement to develop a ban on the use and carriage for use of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic.
- IMO Member States Must Back Ban on Heavy Fuel Oil from Arctic Shipping
As a meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee opens today in London (MEPC72), the Clean Arctic Alliance called on IMO member states to support a proposal to ban heavy fuel oil (HFO) from Arctic shipping.
- EIA Praises Taiwan for Closing Its Domestic Ivory Market to Save Elephants
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) today commended Taiwan for committing to close its domestic ivory market starting January 1, 2020, thus eliminating another domestic ivory market in Asia.
- Peru's Fight Against Illegal Timber Trade at Risk as Authorities Weaken Rules and Regulations
Peruvian forest authorities are weakening the tools and inspections necessary to prevent illegal timber trade, in the face of overwhelming evidence that Peru’s exports to the United States, China, Mexico and 15 other countries contained high percentages of illegal or high-risk wood. Moment of Truth, a new report from the non-profit Environmental Investigation Agency, demonstrates the extent of this illegal trade and the backlash against attempts to fight it.
- Retrocesos en Regulaciones e Inspecciones Debilitan La Lucha Del Perú Contra el Comercio de Madera Ilegal
Retrocesos en Regulaciones e Inspecciones Debilitan La Lucha Del Perú Contra el Comercio de Madera Ilegal
Las autoridades forestales peruanas están debilitando las herramientas e inspecciones necesarias para prevenir el comercio de madera ilegal, ante una abrumadora evidencia de que las exportaciones del Perú a Estados Unidos, China, México y otros 15 países incluyeron altos porcentajes de madera ilegal o de alto riesgo. El Momento de la Verdad, un nuevo informe de investigación de la ONG internacional Agencia de Investigación Ambiental (EIA – Environmental Investigation Agency), demuestra los alcances de este tráfico ilegal y las reacciones en contra de las acciones para combatirlo.
- California Senator Introduces California Cooling Act
Today state Senator Ricardo Lara introduced the California Cooling Act, a landmark proposal to reduce climate impacts of the cooling sector, which could lead to avoidance of 17 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent annually by 2030. EIA and NASRC applaud the bill and highlight the positive outcomes of a proposed incentive program for low-GWP refrigerants.
- EIA’s ‘Rosewood Racket’ Report Prompts International Probe into Nigeria-China Timber Trafficking
This week, in response to the dire rosewood crisis in West Africa and particularly in Nigeria, the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) informed its 183 member countries of exceptional control measures.
- FSC’s Christmas present for Schweighofer: Tracing wood is not required
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is disappointed that the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has agreed to a roadmap that would allow Holzindustrie Schweighofer to regain FSC status
- EIA report ties Schweighofer to illegal logging in Romanian national park
In a recent field investigation in Romania, EIA found evidence of illegal logging in Romania’s second-largest national park linked to the Austrian timber giant Holzindustrie Schweighofer. The FSC considers whether to uphold timber giant’s de-certification.
- New EPA Rule Allows Climate Friendly Refrigerators Following EIA Petition
Yesterday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a rule that will allow climate-friendly refrigerants in household refrigerators and freezers.
- A Big Win For Climate As Montreal Protocol's Landmark Kigali Amendment Gets Green Light
Global efforts to dramatically reduce super greenhouse gases in the fight against climate change saw a major advance today as the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol got the go ahead to crack down on harmful hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).