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CITES name 17 countries that need to do more on wildlife trade

A new report by the National Legislation Project of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wildlife and Flora (CITES)  highlights 17 countries that need to undertake immediate action to tackle the illegal trade in wildlife. The 17 noted countries are among 88 countries and 13 dependant territories that CITES and the UN […]

Badger baiting rises in England and Wales but convictions drop.

Manifesto round up – policies for wildlife

With the general election looming and pretty much all the parties now having released their manifestos it’s a good time to take a look at what each party stands for from a wildlife and environment point of view. Obviously I can not take a look at every single party that is standing so I’ll take […]


Critical conference maintains global momentum to curb wildlife crime

Heads of State, ministers and officials from 31 governments meeting today in Kasane reaffirmed their determination to scale up their response to the global poaching crisis, and adopted crucial new measures to help tackle the unprecedented surge in illegal wildlife trade. During the one-day meeting, governments reported on their progress since the London Conference on […]


Kasane conference shows much more needs to be done to fight illegal wildlife trade

The Kasane Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade concluded in Botswana today with the adoption of a statement which galvanises the high-level political commitment to combat the “scourge of illegal wildlife trade”.  Building on the London Declaration on Illegal Wildlife Trade of February 2014, the Kasane Statement recognises the efforts made to date by participating governments […]

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Chinese courts accepts first environmental lawsuit

A new law enacted in January has been used for the first time by a Chinese NGO against a polluting factory. The Chinese courts have accepted a case put forward by the All-China Environment Federation against a factory for failing to take action on air pollution. The factory,  Zhenhua Co, produces glass and has consistently […]


Tribes call on world leaders to recognize their right to hunt

Indigenous organizations and thousands of people from around the world have called on delegates attending a major conference on the illegal wildlife trade to recognize tribal peoples’ right to hunt for their survival. Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, indigenous organizations from Brazil, Cameroon, Kenya and many other countries, and over 80 […]


New report provides background to illegal wildlife trade

On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, the follow-up to the London Conference on the Illegal Trade in Wildlife will take place in Kasane, Botswana. The landmark London Conference in February 2014 brought together heads and representatives of governments to discuss the rise in the illicit trade in wildlife and its negative social, environmental and economic impacts. […]


15 species certain to go extinct

A new study has put forward 15 species that are the most likely to go extinct in the near future. The 15 species are at the most risk of extinction from a list of 841 highly endangered species. The study is published in Current Biology and uses a “conservation opportunity index” to determine which of the 841 […]


2.9 million whales slaughtered in 100 years

The first estimate of the number of whales killed during the 2oth century is set to be published in the next edition of Marine Fisheries Review. Researchers hunted through the records and found that between 1900 and 1999 a total of 2.9 million whales were killed. The scale of modern industrial whaling that took hold […]

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Air pollution a recurring theme of Chinese National Conference

One theme seems to be dominating the Chinese National People’s conference and that is the issue of air pollution. The subject has made its way into almost every day since the start of the conference last Thursday. From Premier Li Keqiang commitment to ‘c0me down heavy’ on polluters in the opening sessions to today’s announcement […]

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Environmental groups protest over Indonesian activist murder

The London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is one of 25 organisations to send a joint letter of protest over the murder of Indonesian activist Indra Kailani, killed in a confrontation with security staff employed by a subsidiary of Indonesia’s largest pulp and paper company. The letter, below and online at, has been sent today […]


World Wildlife Day: tribespeople denounce persecution in the name of ‘conservation’

To mark World Wildlife Day on Tuesday, Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, exposes abuses faced by tribal peoples in the name of wildlife “conservation”. Powerful video testimonies by Bayaka “Pygmies” in the Republic of Congo highlight their intimate connection with their lands and the abuses they face at the hands of […]


Are environmental scientists holding back the science?

A new study seems to indicate the environmental science is not as effective or advancing as much as it could and it’s the scientists themselves that are holding the science back. The study by Michigan State University says that while environmental scientists are happy to share their results in publication they are not so happy […]

Terrorism link to missing pilot discounted

The search continues for missing US pilot Bill Fitzpatrick but a link to a terrorist attack on Kano Airport in Nigeria has been discounted by those involved in the search. Radio communications confirm that Fitzpatrick had left Kano Airport successfully. Bill Fitzpatrick went missing on Sunday evening on 22nd June. He was working for African Parks […]

Conserve living elephants don’t preserve the dead

It is the final fight to save elephants in the wild. Countries around the world are becoming more aware of the role that ivory stockpiles play in fuelling poaching and the deaths of elephants. Over the last 12 months countries have stepped up to the mark and destroyed or are destroying their ivory stockpiles to […]

Timber smugglers won’t heed China’s voluntary guidelines

Massive flows of illegal timber stolen from forests around the world will not be stemmed by voluntary industry guidelines currently being developed by the Chinese Government, environmentalists have warned. In formal comments recently submitted to the Chinese Government and published today, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has recommended the guidelines be replaced with a principled […]