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11/10/2010 07:02 PM
[REPORT:] The Montreal Protocol: Maximizing Climate Benefits from Ozone Protection
Click here to read EIA’s new report for the 22nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol: Maximizing Climate Benefits from Ozone Protection. The 22nd Meeting of the Parties in Bangkok will decide whether to begin a phase-out on the use and production of hydrofluorocarbons. HFC’s are primarily used in refrigeration and air conditioning […]

10/27/2010 07:25 PM
[REPORT:] Investigation Into the Global Trade in Malagasy Precious Woods: Rosewood, Ebony and Pallisander
Click here to read EIA and Global Witness’s new report that investigates the global trade in Madagascar’s precious woods. Undercover investigations by EIA and Global Witness over the past year exposed the illicit trade in Madagascar’s precious woods such as rosewood, ebony and pallisander. The bulk of these exports serve the lucrative furniture markets of […]

10/05/2010 07:37 PM
Declarations and Due Care: Insights from Another Lacey Case
The World Resources Institute has written an informative article about tips on how to remain in compliance of the Lacey Act.  The article discusses the Gibson Guitar raid, as well as other cases relating to the Lacey Act, and what you can do to make sure you are operating within the law. We urge you […]

09/15/2010 05:24 PM
View EIA’s Updated Overview video
Please take a moment to view the updated EIA Overview Video. This 3-minute video explains what the Environmental Investigation Agency does, and how our campaign successes have helped to positively impact the environment. Updated in this video is our Combined Federal Campaign number (if you are a federal worker, please consider donating to EIA, #26610!), […]

09/13/2010 05:29 PM
Interview with Toby Smith, a photographer who took our amazing Madagascar pictures!
Check out this interview with Toby Smith, a photographer that accompanied EIA on one of our Madagascar trips. He helped to get us amazing footage, as well as document illegal logging. EIA intends to use Toby’s pictures and video to prosecute those responsible for creating the international market outside of Madagascar. [http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/interactive/2010/sep/10/toby-smith-logging-madagascar]

08/17/2010 05:21 PM
The Lacey Act Animation, now in Spanish!
Our Lacey Act Animation has now been translated into Spanish! This short and simple video gives an easy to follow overview of the Lacey Act and illegal logging. It takes the viewer through the journey of how an ordinary wood coffee table gets from the forest, into your living room. You may be surprised by […]

08/16/2010 01:58 PM
Illegal Logging has Declined 25% in the Past Decade!
EIA’s Forest Campaign Outreach Coordinator, Anne Middleton, has a guest column in The High Point Enterprise! This informative article details how worldwide illegal logging has declined as much as 25 percent over the past decade, with reductions as high as 50 percent to 75 percent in key producer countries. The report emphasized the role the […]

08/16/2010 01:26 PM
Switzer Network News interviews EIA’s Andrea Johnson!
The Switzer Network, a foundation that is dedicated and committed to supporting environmental leadership, recently did an interview with EIA’s Director of Forest Campaigns, Andrea Johnson. The video gives an insightful look at the work EIA does, and why and how we are working to fight illegal logging. Illegal logging decimates the world’s forests, releases […]

08/05/2010 06:08 PM
[Report:] ROUGE TRADERS: The Murky Business of Merbau Timber Smuggling in Indonesia
Click here to read EIA and Telapak’s new report that identifies kingpins in Indonesia’s illegal undercover timber trade. Undercover investigations by EIA/Telapak in the past year followed the illicit merbau trade in China and Singapore, as well as Surabaya, Makassar and Papua in Indonesia. Merbau is a valuable hardwood used to make flooring, furniture and […]

07/30/2010 03:28 PM
Photo of the Day [7.30.10]
(c)Environmental Investigation Agency This photo was taken March 2001 in Nepal, India. It is a seizure of Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) chemicals. CFCs are are man-made chemical compounds used as refrigerants, cleaning solvents, aerosol propellants, and blowing agents for foam packaging in many commercial applications. CFCs are harmful to our environment because they break down in the stratosphere, where the […]