Willing to Sell: Snapshot Investigations of Ivory Hanko Retailers in Japan

Japan is home to the world’s largest legal domestic ivory market, and its weak ivory trade controls enable consistent trafficking in ivory, including illegal exports. EIA and Japan Tiger and Elephant Fund completed two snapshot investigations in 2020 as a follow-up to a similar 2018 investigation to determine retailers’ willingness to sell an ivory hanko […]


The Risk of Ozone-Depletion Persists – Comments to EPA

EIA submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the draft risk assessments of methylene chloride, carbon tetrachloride, and other priority chemicals undergoing risk evaluations under the Amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Mounting scientific evidence points to rising emissions of short lived substances and their potential impact on delayed recovery of the […]


EIA Briefing on the IEC Standards Proposal for Air Conditioning

With global stock of household air conditioners (ACs) expected to triple by 2050, continued use of HFCs in ACs is fueling the climate crisis. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is considering an updated safety standard IEC 60335-2-40, which covers household ACs, heat pumps and dehumidifiers. The proposed updated safety requirements will enable safe, energy efficient […]


2019 Impact Report

2019 marked our thirtieth year of profound global impact, and what a year it was! From Yahoo! Japan banning the sale of ivory —culminating from a decade of unrelenting EIA pressure — and thereby eliminating a market that drove the slaughter of African elephants for years; to the launch of our Climate-Friendly Supermarkets website, celebrating […]


EIA Comments to OEWG-42

The Montreal Protocol has a vital role to play in addressing climate change as it becomes increasingly clear that we are currently not on the pathway to limit global temperature rise to below 1.5° Celsius. In these unprecedented times, this online meeting of the 42nd Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG-42), Parties will be considering several key […]


Find an HFC-free Fridge: A Buyers Guide

First published in June 2020, Updated in February 2022 We are compiling a list of climate-friendly fridges available in the United States, where super pollutant hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are still used widely despite the availability of HFC-free alternatives. HFC-free fridges use a refrigerant, R-600a or isobutane. R-600a has a very low global warming potential (GWP) of […]