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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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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 […]