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Indonesia Govt urged to act on timber firms violating the law

Last week, in an unprecedented show of political will, four Indonesian Ministers – from Environment and Forestry, Trade, Foreign Affairs and Industry – issued a joint press release on the importance of the timber legality system and the preparations that need to be concluded before issuance of FLEGT licences can start.

In response, independent forest monitors based in Bogor, Indonesia, want to see the Government of Indonesia demonstrate greater commitment to the legal timber trade by investigating and sanctioning companies demonstrably skirting the system.

In a recent report – Loopholes in Legality – a network of forest monitors uncovered multiple violations by timber companies masquerading as small and medium enterprises to gain favourable market conditions.

Read EIA's News Update in full at

#Indonesia #Europe #forests #timber #FLEGT +European Union +FLEGT Week 

Image: Timber factory sawmill, Indonesia (c) EIA

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Latest from The Humane Society of the United States & Humane Society International ...

US imported more than 1.2 million trophies in past 10 years, having dire impact on world's wildlife

In the last ten years, American hunters have imported more than 1.2 million animals, more than 126,000 a year, as hunting trophies from across the world, according to a new report by Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States.

The report, Trophy Hunting by the Numbers: the United States’ Role in Global Trophy Hunting, uses original analysis of hunting trophy import data obtained from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Among its findings include:

* Trophies are primarily imported from Canada and South Africa. They are followed by Namibia, Mexico, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Tanzania, Argentina, Zambia and Botswana;

* The species most favored by trophy hunters include: American black bears, impalas, common wildebeests, greater kudus, gemsboks, springboks and bonteboks;

* Trophy hunters highly covet the African big five, importing them to the U.S. in staggering numbers between 2005 and 2014;

* 5,600 African lions, 4,600 African elephants, 4,500 African leopards, 330 southern white rhinos, and 17,200 African buffalo. All of these species, except the African buffalo, are near threatened or vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

* The U.S. ports of entry importing the most wildlife trophies during the decade were: New York, New York; Pembina, North Dakota; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; and Portal, North Dakota.

Teresa M. Telecky, director of the wildlife department at HSI, said: “This report clearly shows the dire impact American trophy hunters are having on wildlife in other countries. It’s outrageous that every year hunters take the lives of thousands of animals, many threatened with extinction, just to win a prize and show off. These animals need protection, not to be mounted on a wall. The fact that rare, majestic species are entering the U.S. in large and small ports of entry should alarm lawmakers and the public concerned about trophy hunting.”

Read the press release in full at

#Africa #USA #hunting #elephants #rhions #lions

Image: Rhino hunters in Africa

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Oceans: More plastic than fish in the sea by 2050, says Ellen MacArthur

As a record-breaking sailor, Dame Ellen MacArthur has seen more of the world’s oceans than almost anyone else. Now she is warning that there will be more waste plastic in the sea than fish by 2050, unless the industry cleans up its act.

According to a new Ellen MacArthur Foundation report launched at the World Economic Forum on Tuesday, new plastics will consume 20% of all oil production within 35 years, up from an estimated 5% today.

* Learn more about this issue in the EIA report 'Lost at Sea: The urgent need to tackle marine litter' at

Plastics production has increased twentyfold since 1964, reaching 311m tonnes in 2014, the report says. It is expected to double again in the next 20 years and almost quadruple by 2050.

Despite the growing demand, just 5% of plastics are recycled effectively, while 40% end up in landfill and a third in fragile ecosystems such as the world’s oceans.

Much of the remainder is burned, generating energy, but causing more fossil fuels to be consumed in order to make new plastic bags, cups, tubs and consumer devices demanded by the economy.

Full story at

#oceans #plastics #marinelitter

Image: Marine litter (c)

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make someone's dream come true.
moving story.

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I recently attended a workshop. I must say, Powerful and Jampacked with business and investment information.

Does anyone out there have any feedback with this group?
Good reviews and experiences as well as 'the critical eye' is appreciated.

Thanks my group, I know I can always count on my circles.

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Just that you know - RADIATION is spreading
Fish being caught in the waters around Fukushima are still dangerously contaminated with high levels of radiation, and the majority of these catches get destroyed rather than end up in a market or a restaurant. 

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Una #notizia importante!
Le accuse contro l’investigatore #TaylorRadig, per aver filmato le violenze inflitte sugli animali in un allevamento di bestiame nel Colorado, sono state ritirate.

Leggi la notizia completa sul nostro sito

Questo caso è stato respinto tenendo conto dell'indignazione da parte dell’opinione pubblica, esplosa in difesa di Taylor Radig. Un segnale importante, che mostra quanto peso può avere la voce di ognuno di noi.

Fonte: Green Is The New Red

Foto: una delle immagini di Compassion Over Killing ottenute grazie al lavoro di Taylor Radig
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