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 16

A dam too far – playing destructive power politics in the heart of a World Heritage wilderness
Published: 2021-08-02

EIA’s Elephant Campaign Team has called for the Selous to be stripped of its World Heritage status due to the damage caused by construction of a massive hydropower project, but the World Heritage Committee stopped far short of taking such a step.

Wildlife Campaigner Rachel Mackenna explains why we were pressing for delisting and talks about what actually happened at the meeting and what might be next for the Selous.

Episode 15

The chilling illegal trade that’s helping to dangerously heat up the world
Published: 2021-07-15

As another major bust of 17 tonnes of illegal HFC gases is made in Europe just days after the release of our new report Europe’s Most Chilling Crime, Climate Campaigner Sophie Geoghegan discusses the findings of our undercover investigations and looks at what needs to be done to tackle the illegal trade.

Read and download the report and watch our shocking short film.

Episode 14

How our new global Tracker zeroes in on environmental crime data
Published: 2021-06-11

Plundering the world’s precious natural resources is a multi-billion dollar business and, as such, keeping on top of the facts, statistics, seizures and trends of environmental crime means understanding huge amounts of raw data – data which can now be much more easily managed with EIA’s new Global Environmental Crime Tracker.

Episode 13

Africa’s epicentre of pangolin scale and ivory trade – tackling the drivers of wildlife crime
Published: 2021-04-26

Just a few short years ago, pangolins were said to be the most trafficked species you’ve never heard of, poached for their meat and scales, but they became much more famous after they were potentially connected to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and, most recently, EIA’s investigations revealed that West and Central Africa have become the epicentre for pangolin scale trafficking to Asia.

Episode 12

Myanmar: ‘Anybody investing in the natural resource sector is, in essence, supporting the military’
Published: 2021-03-26

EIA’s Forests team has been working on the ground in Myanmar since the country began to emerge from under the shadow of brutal military dictatorship in 2011, exposing illegal timber trade and helping to provide the tools for meaningful reform of its natural resources sector – but all that changed with the coup on 1 February.

Episode 11

Intelligence Week special – meet the team behind the scenes of so much of our success!
Published: 2021-02-26

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
Published: 2021-02-16

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
Published: 2021-02-01

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

Out of Africa – why West and Central Africa is a hotspot for ivory and pangolin trafficking
Published: 2021-01-29

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

How wildlife criminals have adapted to work from home under pandemic lockdown
Published: 2020-11-05

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?
Published: 2020-10-30

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
Published: 2020-07-02

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
Published: 2020-06-23

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
Published: 2020-06-04

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?
Published: 2020-04-29

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?
Published: 2020-04-23

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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