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Iceland to resume hunt of endangered fin whales

Conservationists urge EU and US governments to intervene   London/Washington DC: Conservation and animal welfare groups expressed concern today over news that Iceland’s hunt of endangered fin whales will resume this summer. The Icelandic newspaper Skessuhorn reported yesterday that it had “reliable evidence” fin whaling will begin again, after being shut down last summer due […]

Italy & Malta could face legal action over F-Gas Regulation

LONDON: The European Commission has announced that Italy and Malta could face legal action over their continued failure to implement the European Union F-gas Regulation, which controls emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases in Europe. On the recommendation of Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action, the Commission is sending a ‘reasoned opinion’ to both countries, […]

Burma sanctions suspension must be opportunity for reform

Chance to transform the forestry sector with civil society   LONDON: The European Union’s suspension of sanctions against Burma, which will include lifting the prohibition on direct trade of timber and wood products to EU markets, should be an opportunity to introduce meaningful reform directly benefiting the country’s people. EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg today […]

Ivory trade experts are still avoiding the key issue

Acknowledging the crisis is not enough to stem elephant slaughter   LONDON: The new BBC documentary Ivory Wars: Out of Africa tonight detailed the ongoing tragedy of rampant elephant poaching and the international ivory trade, but something was absent from its broad overview. Leading experts featured in the Panorama special failed to confront the most […]

Blood Ivory: Exposing the myth of a regulated market

A briefing calling for China’s status as a CITES-approved buyer of ivory to be immediately revoked and urging UK and European Union governments to press for a review of all holders of Approved Buyer status and to halt all one-off auctions of stockpiled ivory.    

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