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Leaders need to focus on the climate and not the politics

. Following hot on the heels of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in New York in September, a couple of events this week should put climate change back in the headlines. First up is the UN Climate Conference, a final preparatory meeting before the big annual climate talks in December, which begins today in Bonn, […]

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 […]

EU timber law scorecard highlights failures to act

More than a year after it came into law, the European Commission (EC) has published a scorecard accessing the progress of the 28 member states in implementing the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR). After many years of lobbying and discussion, the landmark EUTR came into legal effect on March 3, 2013. A key weapon in […]

Village shop leading the way against single-use plastic bags

Astounding statistics have recently been published by WRAP showing that 8.3 billion single-use plastic bags were given out in the UK in 2013 – an increase of 10 per cent since 2010. England had a shocking increase of 18 per cent while Wales and Northern Ireland, where charges are already in place, showed decreases of […]

Deadly noise waves are rolling towards Ibiza and Mallorca

As a member of OceanCare’s Silent Oceans coalition, we’re pleased to share this latest press release from the campaign:   WÄDENSWIL: Oil companies plan to search for oil near the Balearic islands, a move which would affect deep sea regions and protected marine areas. On August 4, an OceanCare expert delegation will visit Spain to […]

Are you ready to go plastic bag free for the oceans?

Next Thursday, July 3, is International Bag Free Day, part of the Bag Free World initiative which is seeking to eliminate single-use plastic bags. EIA, as part of our work to tackle the issue of marine debris and its negative impacts on ocean environments, is asking people not just to go plastic bag free for […]

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