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China needs new laws to tackle illegal logging

. The Chinese have a saying about drinking poison to quench a thirst, “yin zhen zhi ke”, used to warn against hasty remedies with consequences worse than the problem itself. A recently proposed method of tackling illegal logging is just such a case – it will in fact exacerbate the issue. China is one of […]

Armoured against predators – except wildlife criminals

Illegal trade in ivory, rhino horn and tiger products receives a relatively high international profile, far more so than that in pangolins for their meat and scales – and yet in just a few short years, this quiet mammal has become the world’s most trafficked creature. Whenever EIA shares updates about the pangolin via social […]

Working to end New Zealand’s role in the blood ivory trade

Far away from Africa where an elephant is killed every 15 minutes, New Zealand’s legal domestic ivory trade is booming and authorities have confiscated more than 700 pieces of illegal ivory since the 1989 global ivory trade ban. Will the New Zealand Government commit to an ivory crush event, a public awareness campaign and a […]

Sharing the skills needed to empower local campaigners

I am roused from my jet-lagged slumber by a particularly loud horn as a truck passes a little too closely on slowly rising road. I work out I’ve managed to achieve 15 minutes of sleep but already the air feels cooler. We are on our way to a former French hill station in the north […]

It’s World Environment Day – a time to care, not despair

Today is World Environment Day, the UN’s principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. It’s also as good a reason as any to take the time out to contemplate the endless, amazing richness of this unique planet and its myriad inhabitants – and to consider the dire threats posed to so […]

The Siamese rosewood craze: for whom the bell tolls?

请往下阅读此博客中文版 / Please scroll down for Chinese language version . . In a glamorous hongmu showroom in Shanghai, streams of the bustling crowds slowed down to appreciate sets of exquisitely carved Siamese rosewood furniture. What attracted the potential hongmu consumers and investors, beyond the fine and delicate craftsmanship, are the hefty price tags that any […]

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