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The Peru Trade Deal Turns 10: The Consequences of Irresponsible Trade Past, Present, and Future

Ilana Solomon | Posted 04.12.2016 | Green
Ilana Solomon

April 12th marks the 10-year anniversary of the signing of a trade pact between the U.S. and Peru. This agreement was the first, and only, U.S. trade agreement that the Sierra Club did not oppose, as it was the first-ever to have a legally binding environment chapter.

Firewood Is Not Innocent

Suwanna Gauntlett | Posted 04.05.2016 | World
Suwanna Gauntlett

I would like to share with you a big problem that I am fighting in my forest protection job. A powerful illegal logging ring is wiping out the protected forest on the northeast. It is similar to guerrilla warfare: our rangers are hiding in the forest to catch the loggers in the act.

Company Shipping Illegal Timber From The Amazon Abandons Boat, Crew In Mexico

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 03.18.2016 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Imagine you joined the crew of a cargo ship, sailing down the Amazon River from Peru into the Atlantic Ocean. After officials in several countries deny your ship entry suspecting your cargo is illegal, you dock in a Mexican port.

Investigating Peru's Illegal Timber Trade and the Failure of the US-Peru Trade Deal

Ilana Solomon | Posted 03.08.2016 | Green
Ilana Solomon

At the end of February, after years of turning a blind eye to evidence that Peru has been exporting illegally taken timber to the U.S. in clear violation of its commitments under the U.S.-Peru trade pact, the U.S. is opening its eyes -- just slightly -- to the trade violations.

Cambodia's New Anti-Illegal Logging Campaign: Crackdown or Shakedown?

Forest Trends | Posted 02.10.2016 | Green
Forest Trends

At first glance it might appear that the Cambodian government is taking a principled stand on forest protection. But observers familiar with the situation insist that the campaign's real motives can be traced to simmering rivalries and jostling among the most influential players in Cambodia's logging sector.

Federal Judge Sentences Lumber Liquidators to Probation, $13 Million in Fines for Smuggling Timber

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 02.01.2016 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Today's sentence marks the end of a multi-year investigation in which the Department of Justice found that Lumber Liquidators imported products made of wood harvested illegally in Russia, including timber cut from Siberian tiger habitat.

U.S. Illegal Timber Imports Are Down, But More Work Remains

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 10.28.2015 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Last week hardwood flooring giant Lumber Liquidators pleaded guilty before a federal judge in Norfolk, Virginia for importing illegally sourced wood into the U.S. It is also a strong message that the United States intends to crack down on the illegal timber trade using the Lacey Act.

Floored: The True Cost of Unenforced Trade Deals

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 08.24.2015 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

The lack of enforcement of the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement has allowed the illegal timber trade to flourish and has put our environment, climate, businesses and consumer rights at risk. And now the United States is negotiating a new free trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), that includes the U.S., Peru, and ten other countries.

Why We Have Grave Environmental Concerns About 'Fast-Track' Trade Authority

Jake Schmidt | Posted 06.20.2015 | Green
Jake Schmidt

We must not sacrifice our bedrock environmental, public-health, and climate safeguards as the price of a free-trade agreement. Unfortunately, what we have seen from the two pending trade agreements raises serious concerns that these standards could be weakened through the various provisions of these trade agreements.

Leading the Fight Against Illegal Logging

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 04.13.2015 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Did you know that up to 30 percent of all wood traded globally has been obtained illegally? Around the world, illegal logging remains a serious problem, threatening communities, funding organized crime, and undercutting American jobs.

Blood Wood

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Illegal logging threatens communities by destroying the forests on which they depend, depriving local governments of tax revenue and funding organized crime.

The Widows of Saweto

The Verb | Posted 02.07.2015 | World
The Verb

A small delegation of Indigenous women have picked up the flag in place of their late husbands in the fight against illegal loggers encroaching on the their land for timber. They are the new lobbyists to the Peruvian government for land rights.

Toward Business Unusual: How Companies, Governments, and NGOs Are Taking on Deforestation

Forest Trends | Posted 02.01.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

Illegal logging in Ecuador Imagine walking down the supermarket aisle and plucking tropical trees from the shelves. Next to the milk, you throw in an...

U.S. Trade Agreement with Asia-Pacific Countries Must Have Strong Environmental Provisions

Jake Schmidt | Posted 12.30.2014 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The U.S. and 11 other countries are in the final stages of a trade agreement - the Trans-Pacific Partnership - that would, if completed, be the biggest trade agreement in recent history. It would cover countries accounting for over 40% of the world's trade and economic output.

Tigers Don't Want Their Forests Liquidated

Michael Brune | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

You shouldn't have to worry that installing a new hardwood floor in your kitchen will rob Siberian tigers of their home.

A Powerful New Tool to Help Track Deforestation

Andrew Dudley | Posted 11.16.2014 | Green
Andrew Dudley

A remarkable achievement in computing power and one that for the first time, brought to life a historical time-lapse of the Earth's surface.

Illegal Logging in Peru Takes a Deadly Turn

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 11.15.2014 | World
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

In a remote region near Peru's border with Brazil, a prominent activist, Edwin Chota, was shot and killed, along with three community leaders. Suspected in the killings were illegal loggers, who have long tried to extract tropical hardwoods in nearby forests.

PHOTOS: Amazon Tribe Beats And Strips Illegal Loggers

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 09.19.2014 | World

The Ka'apor Indians, a tribe of indigenous Brazilians living in the northeast region of the country's expansive rainforest, have begun taking up arms ...

'Green News Report' - July 29, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 09.28.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Obama Administration approves sonic cannons for offshore oil exploration ...

How Your Old Cellphone Could Help Stop Illegal Logging And Poaching

Mother Nature Network | John Platt | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network. Did you know that Americans throw away 150 million cellphones every year? Well now there's...

The Lacey Act, Leading the Fight Against Illegal Logging

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 06.03.2014 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Now, companies that import wood products must identify the species and origin of their products. Violators of the law face fines and jail time.

Fighting Illegal Logging With Numbers

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 04.02.2014 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Thanks to the Lacey Act, we've already made progress in slowing the trade of illegal wood products, but we still have a ways to go.

Our Furniture's Dirty Secret: Illegal Land Grabs and Logging Are Robbing Papua New Guineans

Nina Wegner | Posted 02.15.2014 | Green
Nina Wegner

Sad but true: the mahogany desk in your study or the merbau flooring in your living room probably came from illegal timber logged on tropical lands.

Corporate Criminals and the Need for Strong Protections Against Illegal Logging

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

On an otherwise ordinary Thursday this fall, officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided the corporate headquarters of Lumber Liquidators, the top-selling flooring retailer in America, in Toano, Virginia.

Earth to Tea Party: Lacey Act Still Working

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Glenn Hurowitz

Last year, Tea Party Members of Congress temporarily persuaded GOP leadership to abandon their usual political acuity and launch a series of attacks on the Lacey Act, one of America's most successful environmental and economic laws. You'd think this might be too much even for the Tea Party.