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Ivory trade ban essential to save elephants

LONDON: As world leaders gather in London on February 13 to attend a summit – hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron and attended by Prince Charles and Prince William – to confront the escalating poaching crisis decimating the world’s iconic wildlife, 23 environmental, conservation and animal welfare groups from 14 countries in Asia, Africa, […]

Illegal wildlife trade meeting offers a watershed moment

Illegal wildlife trade conference offers a watershed moment to conserve iconic species LONDON: Just days before UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s landmark Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has set out the key actions it believes are essential to tackle the international organised criminal networks plundering the environment. Drawing on […]

Major win for the climate as door closes on HFC-23

In a major win for the climate, the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) – the world’s leading voluntary greenhouse gas program – has announced it will be turning its back on the super greenhouse gas HFC-23. The move acknowledges progress under the Montreal Protocol, G20 and other bilateral government discussions on the international regulation of hydrofluorocarbons […]

Partial ban ‘beginning of end’ for climate-changing F-gases

EU partial ban ‘beginning of the end’ for climate-changing F-gases LONDON: The European Union today struck a tentative deal to partially ban the use of a group of super greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in refrigeration and air-conditioning. The review of the EU F-Gas Regulation will cap the amount of HFCs which can […]

Ex-kingpin’s palm oil threat to orangutans & investors

Former timber theft kingpin’s palm oil firm a threat to orangutan habitat – and investors   LONDON: Potential investors should steer clear of a US$90 million initial public offering (IPO) in an Indonesian palm oil company due to the involvement of a former illegal logging kingpin and the potential impact on precious orangutan habitat, the […]

EIA alert: timber shipments from Burma to the EU

Companies in the European Union could fall foul of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) by importing timber from Myanma/Burmar. The EUTR, which came into force in March this year, prohibits traders from placing on the EU market timber which has been harvested or exported illegally from the country of origin. The regulation requires traders […]

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