HFCs used in cooling were a hot topic at the Global Climate Action Summit last week in San Francisco. With momentum building for subnational actors like cities, states, and businesses to drive action forward on climate, we have the opportunity to tackle the issue of how we keep cool without warming the planet - by phasing down superpollutant hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and identifying new approaches to increasing energy efficiency as global demand for cooling increases.
China has identified illegal production and use of CFC-11 as part of ongoing investigations following the July publication of an EIA report, Blowing It, that revealed Chinese companies using CFC-11 – a banned ozone-destroying chemical – in blowing agents used for producing foam insulation.
Update on Discussions of CFC-11 and Montreal Protocol Meetings
As noted in the New York Times story, In a High-Stakes Environmental Whodunit, Many Clues Point to China, EIA sources on the ground uncovered criminal actors in China illegally producing and using banned gas, CFC-11 for the foam industry.
Japan’s demand for hanko made of elephant ivory is a modern phenomenon driven by the country’s ivory industry.
日本における象牙製ハンコへの需要の興りは、 象牙業界がもたらした現代的な現象である。「ハ ンコ」は、円筒形をした、氏名を押捺するスタンプ である。
Eastern Europe’s Carpathian Mountains may seem remote for most Japanese, but lumber stolen from these ancient forests permeates Japan’s housebuilding sector. New reports from Romania and Ukraine reveal the extent of illegal logging, corruption, and bribery practiced by some of Europe’s largest wood processors.
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.
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
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.
A short video about the Cook Inlet beluga whales and the problems they face.
A short video about the endangered population of beluga whales in the Cook Inlet
New York state destroyed nearly two tons of ivory in Central Park
EIA's series of videos exposing Holzindustrie Schweighofer's involvement in illegal logging in Romania,