The Illegal Logging Crisis in Honduras

One of the poorest countries in Latin America, Honduras is losing up to $18 million a year in lost stumpage fees and other forest-based revenue. Yet this is only the tip of the iceberg of a massive, nationwide, resource rip-off by major timber and wood product producers and their high level political backers. An estimated […]

<p>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.”</p>

The Continued Destruction of the Ozone Layer and U.S. Abuse of Methyl Bromide “Critical-Use” Exemptions

In a reversal of historic American leadership based on transparency and accountability, the U.S. government has refused to divulge information about methyl bromide stockpiles. Instead, U.S. industry has been allowed to secret massive quantities of methyl bromide in order to enable long-term circumvention of the methyl bromide cessation. Past experience with other ozone depleting substances, […]


Unfinished Business

The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is generally acknowledged as the most successful international environmental treaty and an outstanding model of international cooperation. It has successfully reduced much of the world’s reliance on ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and adherence to its phase-out schedule should eventually see the full recovery of the fragile […]