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Australia could launch legal challenge to Japan's 'scientific' whaling hunts

An international law expert says prospects for a legal case against Japan’s whaling program, which is carried out under an International Whaling Commission clause that allows for scientific whaling, have strengthened after the recent IWC meeting in Brazil, and would get even stronger if Japan followed through on its threat to leave the commission.

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* Do you want to know more? Read our report 'Commercial whaling: Unsustainable, Inhumane, Unnecessary' at http://ht.ly/xrRW30lUKii
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... the Australian Government was praised for its diplomatic efforts at last week’s IWC meeting in Brazil, where a proposal by Japan to end the 33-year moratorium on commercial whaling was voted down.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/21/australia-could-launch-legal-challenge-to-japans-scientific-whaling-hunts

#Japan #Australia #whales #whaling #IWC
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Can the power of cultural mythology help give pangolins more than the ghost of a chance?

"... it was pleasing to read this summer of Zimbabwean chiefs seeking to utilise age-old myths and beliefs about pangolins to help change mindsets and give this shy, unique and increasingly persecuted creature a chance at a future.

"Frankly, the pangolin needs all the help it can get.

"From virtual obscurity just a few years ago, the pangolin has soared to the top of one of the worst charts on the planet – it’s now at number one in the list of most-trafficked mammals ..."

Read today's blog in full at https://eia-international.org/can-power-cultural-mythology-help-give-pangolins-ghost-chance/

#Africa #Zimbabwe #Asia #China #pangolins #mythology #folklore
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Indonesia: President signs three-year freeze on new oil palm licenses

The moratorium has been in the works for a long time; President Jokowi first announced it more than two years ago, in the wake of the 2015 Southeast Asian haze crisis.

The moratorium will remain in place for three years. Environmentalists had called for there to be no limit on its duration.

The policy also mandates as sweeping review of oil palm licenses across the country.

Source: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/09/indonesian-president-signs-3-year-freeze-on-new-oil-palm-licenses/

#Indonesia #palmoil #forests #deforestation #illegallogging #orangutans
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Africa’s three biggest elephant poaching cartels exposed using DNA from illegal ivory shipments

DNA taken from massive shipments of ivory has been used to identify the three largest wildlife trafficking gangs operating at the height of Africa’s elephant poaching epidemic.

Ivory tends to be shipped around the world from African ports in bulk, and scientists have used genetic evidence gleaned from intercepted batches to reveal their origins.

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* Read our latest ivory-trafficking report, Exposing the Hydra, at https://eia-international.org/reports-mm/exposingthehydra/
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Led by Dr Samuel Wasser from the University of Washington, they traced a number of these shipments to three cartels operating out of Kenya, Uganda and Togo ...

Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/ivory-poaching-cartels-elephants-dna-illegal-africa-kenya-uganda-togo-a8545491.html

#Africa #Kenya #Uganda #Togo #elephants #ivory
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A journey into the Amazon jaguar black market

Li Ming and Yin Lan are Chinese citizens with Bolivian identity cards. On 23 February 2018, they were arrested in their chicken restaurant in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, in possession of 185 Amazon jaguar fangs, three jaguar pelts, several parts from different animal species, one 22 caliber pistol and a large sum of Bolivian and foreign currency.

After two months of detailed follow-up, the authorities of the Government of Santa Cruz, the National Police and the Public Prosecutor’s Office carried out a joint operation that ended with the arrest of the Chinese couple. An unprecedented case, and considered by the same authorities to be the harshest blow to Bolivian biodiversity.

Between 2013 and 2018, around 171 Amazon jaguars were stalked and slain in Bolivian forests ...

Source: https://brazilian.report/society/2018/09/18/amazon-jaguar-black-market/

#Bolivia #Amazon #jaguars #illegalwildlifetrade
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Murky timber deal raises doubts over Myanmar’s commitment to forestry reform

In early September, local media in Myanmar’s Kayah State reported on a shadowy agreement to allow the trade of 5,000 tons of valuable hardwoods, including 3,000 tons of teak, from logging operations in the conflict-torn state.

We at the Environmental Investigation Agency believe that if the deal proceeds it will further undermine the Myanmar Government’s stated policy of improving forest governance after decades of mismanagement which have led to the country suffering one of the highest rates of forest loss in the world ...

Read today's News Update in full at https://eia-international.org/murky-timber-deal-raises-doubts-myanmars-commitment-forestry-reform/

#Myanmar #Burma #teak #forests
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Mexico: Arrest of suspected drugs cartel boss accused of illegally trafficking totoaba fish, the trade in which is driving the vaquita porpoise to extinction

Mexican authorities say the leader of a drug trafficking group accused of smuggling fish was arrested in Baja California last week.

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* Get the full story on the plight of the vaquita - https://eia-international.org/our-work/ocean/vaquita-totoaba/
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The suspected cartel associate Oscar Parra Aispuro, or “El Parra,” was captured with two bodyguards last Thursday. He’s accused of illegally trafficking in the totoaba fish. The black market for the fish is a leading threat to the nearly extinct vaquita porpoise.

Source: https://fronterasdesk.org/content/700470/mexico-nabs-dangerous-fish-smuggler

#Mexico #China #vaquita #porpoise #totoaba #fish #fishing #illegalwildlifetrade
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Time to get tough on environmental crime: legality in palm oil is essential

The European Parliament has put legality high on the agenda in its latest resolution on forests and sustainable commodities such as palm oil.

... The EU is already fighting illegal logging in the timber industry through its Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan but action is also urgently needed to combat illegal activities in other sectors such as palm oil.

The oil palm sector is riddled with crime and, as our work has shown, even certified oil palm plantations may not have been legally compliant ...

Read in full at https://eia-international.org/time-get-tough-environmental-crime-legality-palm-oil-essential/

#EU #RSPO #palmoil #deforestation #forests #FLEGT +European Parliament
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In case you missed it, check out @ITV's great coverage of our new Vietnam ivory trafficking report Exposing the Hydra.

You can find ITV's news story and film at http://www.itv.com/news/2018-09-13/illegal-ivory-trade-vietnam-china-mozambique/

Get the full facts - read our special report summary at https://eia-international.org/reports-mm/exposingthehydra/

#Vietnam #Africa #ivory #elephants +ITV News
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European Parliament says biodegradable plastics will not solve plastic pollution

Biodegradable and compostable plastics do not prevent plastic pollution and should not be an excuse to keep consuming single-use plastics, the European Parliament has recognised in a vote.

The Parliament voted on Thursday (13 September) to strengthen the European Commission’s plans to slash plastic pollution under the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy (ECOS), launched in January 2018.

Speaking on behalf of the Rethink Plastic alliance, of which we are a member, ECOS programme manager Ioana Popescu said: “Biodegradable or not, plastics are clogging our land and oceans, threatening the health of humans and animals ..."

Read in full at https://eia-international.org/european-parliament-says-biodegradable-plastics-will-not-solve-plastic-pollution/

#plastic #pollution #oceans #breakfreefromplastic +European Parliament +European Commission
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