Podcast – ‘What on Earth?’

Welcome to 'What on Earth?', the podcast of the Environmental Investigation Agency where we meet the investigators, campaigners and the people behind the scenes who make us so effective in the fight against environmental crime.

Episode 11

Intelligence Week special – meet the team behind the scenes of so much of our success!

As part of our special Investigator Week to celebrate the team’s work, in this episode we get to talk with Mel, our Senior Intelligence Analyst, and her two colleagues, intelligence analysts Martina and Denitsa, about what they do and why it’s key to our success.


Episode 10

Checking out on plastics – are the top UK supermarkets doing enough in the fight against plastic pollution

Whether it’s in the oceans or on the land, the scale of plastic pollution is increasingly impossible to ignore and there’s a rising tide of tide of public opinion wanting to see it tackled.

Episode 9

Exposing the nexus of environmental crime – where the illegal wildlife and timber trades intersect

James Toone, a Senior Campaigner who works across our Wildlife and Forests projects, talks about how timber and wildlife crimes actually have much in common.

Episode 8

In the week that we released our new illegal wildlife trade report Out of Africa, Senior Wildlife Campaigner Shruti Suresh and Senior Pangolin Campaigner Chris Hamley discuss its findings and what needs to be done to address the situation as a matter of urgency.

Episode 7

The global coronavirus pandemic has dramatically curtailed the way human society functions, impacting on just about every aspect of modern life – but some things never change and wildlife crime has continued throughout the crisis.

Episode 6

Why should you care about what’s going on with Vietnam’s timber sector?

New timber import regulations came into effect on 30 October 2020 in Vietnam – which is currently implementing an agreement with the European Union to keep illicit timber out of its huge wood furniture industry.

Episode 5

Following the money – hitting the illegal wildlife trade where it hurts

The global illegal wildlife trade is worth billions every year, money which fuels further environmental crime, drives corruption and undermines sustainable development and conservation – but these huge profits are seldom targeted.

Episode 4

Tipping the scales in our favour – the burning case for urgent action to tackle climate change

Our attention may be consumed by the coronavirus crisis, but the very real threat of climate change hasn’t gone anywhere. Although the world is fast approaching potentially irreversible climate change tipping points, swift action to tackle refrigerant greenhouse gases could go a long way to help.

Episode 3

Not-so-fantastic plastic – why the world needs a global treaty to end plastic pollution

Humans produce a staggering 275 million tonnes of plastic waste a year and very little of it is recycled – mostly, it ends up in the environment, polluting land and sea while having a terrible impact on our natural world. Could the solution be a new global treaty to join forces and fight it together?

Episode 2

Is the coronavirus pandemic a warning to stop exploiting wildlife?

The coronavirus pandemic has plunged a third of the world’s population into lockdown and thrown a harsh spotlight on our dysfunctional and exploitative relationship with wildlife. Is it a warning to seriously mend our ways?

Episode 1

Why is Indonesia abandoning its timber export regulations?

Twenty years ago, the chaos and violence in Indonesia’s forests spurred efforts to put an end to industrial-scale illegal logging and to keep stolen wood out of the country’s exports – but now the Government wants to significantly water down the rules, using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse.

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