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Climate conundrums: blogging from the UNFCCC in Poland

The second week of the 19th Conference of the Parties (CoP19) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) begins today. The CoP is an annual conference which brings together policy makers, scientists, NGOs, academics and, increasingly, business representatives to craft the rules governing the international climate regime. It covers a staggering array […]

We can’t afford for palm oil certification to be a fig leaf

. A staggering three million hectares of forest in Indonesia and Malaysia have been cleared to make way for oil palm during the past 15 years, and 50–60 per cent of all oil palm expansion in the two countries has occurred at the expense of natural forests. The two countries account for 85 per cent […]

Demand is key in Japan’s unjustifiable coastal whaling

. There was no trick or treating for EIA’s cetaceans team last Thursday as we were in Japan to release our new report ‘Toxic Catch: Japan’s unsustainable and irresponsible whale, dolphin and porpoise hunts’ at a press conference held in Tokyo’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, with myself, EIA co-founder and Director Jennifer Lonsdale and […]

Run, swim, cycle, climb or bake to help fund EIA’s work!

Ever wondered if you’ve got what it takes to run, swim or cycle for charity? Maybe you want to do all three? Well, I’m here to tell you how! By signing up to a sporting event for EIA, not only will you be pushing yourself to achieve personal goals and get fit in the process, […]

Wildlife trade an unchangeable Asian tradition? Think again

Last Thursday (October 17) saw a live debate in London organised by EarthWatch Institute as to whether the time was right to consider a legal trade of some endangered wildlife products such as ivory, rhino horn or tiger skins and parts. During the event, one of the pro-trade panelists, Kirsten Conrad, suggested that demand from […]

Pro-trade lobby unaware of demand & scope for growth?

. Is it time to reconsider a legal global trade in tiger, elephant and rhino products? That was the question being debated last Thursday (October 17) at an EarthWatch Institute event held at the Royal Geographical Society in London. EIA Executive Director Mary Rice was on the team arguing against trade, along with elephant scientist […]

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