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New cooling technology a ‘double win’ for climate

LONDON: A new wave of technology is spurring a European refrigeration revolution – slashing energy usage and eliminating the need for harmful chemicals. Launching its new report Chilling Facts V, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) said supermarket chains throughout the EU, and particularly in the UK, were moving away from traditional hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) towards […]

Happy Ozone Day! (or why the Montreal Protocol is still vital)

. Today, September 16, is World Ozone Day. Now, I’m the first to complain that the calendar these days is chock-a-block with somewhat questionable occasions to commemorate (Talk Like a Pirate Day, anyone? Check it out, it’s on September 19) but suffice it to say that the international effort to put a halt to the […]

G20 takes landmark step in fight against climate change

LONDON: The 20 biggest world economies today agreed in St Petersburg, Russia to use the resources of the Montreal Protocol to get rid of a significant group of super greenhouse gases (GHG). The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) welcomes a landmark statement and encourages all countries to join the G20 in supporting a global phase-down of […]

Getting graphic to show the scale of environmental crime

 . Most of you will have heard about the poaching of tigers, elephants and rhinos, the trade in the body parts and skins of endangered wildlife, illegal logging, deforestation and oil palm plantations. Such issues are often visualised as individual campaigns, but the true global scale of wildlife and forest crime doesn’t become apparent until […]

Probe into timber-smuggling cop’s US$1m ‘gifts’ to police

LONDON: The London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) today welcomed a legal probe by Indonesia’s national anti-corruption agency into million-dollar payments by a rogue cop-turned-timber smuggler to local, regional and national police officials. The announcement follows revelations that mid-ranking Papua police officer Labora Sitorus transferred about US$1 million (10 billion Indonesian rupiah) in multiple payments to […]

Why it’s so important to spread awareness to youth

The protection of endangered species is a cause which has always been close to my heart. I distinctly remember watching a powerful and emotional documentary a few years ago called Lost Land of the Tiger, in which a team of conservationists undertook an extensive search for tigers in Bhutan. The determination to track these wonderful […]

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