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China, Ivory Trade & the Future of Africa’s Elephants: An EIA Briefing

China is seeking approval at the 57th meeting of the standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered species (CITEs), in July 2008, to become a CITEs approved ivory trading nation. Specifically, China seeks to import ivory from stockpiles in Botswana, Namibia, south Africa and Zimbabwe to satisfy booming domestic demand. Given the […]

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Attention Wal-Mart Shoppers: How Wal-Mart’s Sourcing Practices Encourage Illegal Logging

Despite Wal-Mart’s newfound corporate emphasis on sustainability, undercover investigations in China by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) have found that Wal-Mart is turning a blind eye to illegal timber sources in it’s supply chain which threaten some of the world’s last great natural forests. Wal-Mart’s no questions asked’ sourcing policy is having particularly dangerous consequences […]

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Know the Forest and the Trees: A Consumer’s Guide to Buying Wood

Whether you are building a deck or just buying a nightstand, your purchase can have an impact on forests and people thousands of miles away. Your money could support a sustainable community initiative on the rainforest’s edge—or it could contribute to continued impoverishment of families in Latin America or deforestation in Southeast Asia. The only […]

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No Questions Asked The Impacts of U.S. Market Demand for Illegal Timber – Potential for Change

The United States, the world’s largest consumer of wood products, is a central player in driving the trade in illegally sourced timber. While reliable trade data for illegal goods is inherently scarce, estimates suggest that U.S. consumption of high-risk timber and wood products reaches 10% of the annual import stream – $3.8 billion in high-risk […]

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Wal-Mart’s Sustainability Initiative: A Civil Society Critique

Nearly two years ago, Wal-Mart CEO H. Lee Scott announced a bold initiative to turn the world’s largest company green. A long-anticipated first progress report on these sustainability goals is expected to be released soon. In advance of the company’s report, 23 environmental, farm, labor, and other civil society groups have offered their own critiques […]

Illegal logging in the Russian Far East is of particular concern because the forests are home to the last 450 wild Siberian tigers. The Lumber Liquidators case was investigated jointly by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by the Department of Justice under the name “Operation Oakenshield.”
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Made in China

EIA’s investigators went undercover to expose China’s illegal ivory trade. This video presents key evidence in the struggle to protect a beloved endangered species: the African Elephant.