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Illegal Logging

Leading the Fight Against Illegal Logging

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 02.11.2015 | 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 01.22.2015 | 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 ...

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 exploratio...

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.

Ghana's Illegal Logging Problems

AP | By ROBBIE COREY-BOULET | Posted 07.28.2013 | Green

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — New documents on logging permits in Ghana indicate most timber exported from the country is likely illegal, exposing pur...

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.

PHOTOS: Fighting For Peru's Red Gold

Posted 04.13.2013 | World

We enter the logging camp at first light, swarming the squalid huts before anyone has time to reach for a rifle. A fair-haired man in a yellow soccer ...

Cambodia Closes Case, Thwarts Justice, in Forester Murder

Olesia Plokhii | Posted 12.10.2012 | World
Olesia Plokhii

The Cambodian government's decision last week to drop a judicial probe into the killing of the country's top environmental activist shows, yet again, that the ruling party condones the crimes of rogue land profiteers and discounts the lives off its downtrodden citizens.

New Legislation Threatens American Jobs and Forests

Ilana Solomon | Posted 09.22.2012 | Green
Ilana Solomon

One can only imagine how many more billions H.R. 3210 would cost the American economy, not to mention the cost incurred on global ecology.

Businesses Are Opposed to Efforts to Undermine the Lacey Act: They don't Want to Compete Against Illegal Loggers

Jake Schmidt | Posted 09.22.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

This week the U.S. House of Representatives is poised to vote on a bill to undercut efforts to address illegal logging.

House Committee Votes to Allow Illegal Loggers to Pillage World's Forests

Jake Schmidt | Posted 08.08.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

It is time to stand up against illegal logging and for American business, musicians that want instruments that are untainted, American workers, companies that want legal wood, and communities around the world devastated by deforestation.

Prey Lang: A Forest on the Brink of Destruction (PHOTOS)

Mathieu Young | Posted 05.20.2012 | Green
Mathieu Young

We stayed in the forest homes of members of the Prey Lang Network, a grassroots association of villagers risking their lives to try and slow the destruction of their forest.

Compromise is Hard: The Problems and Promise of REDD+

Susanna Murley | Posted 02.01.2012 | Green
Susanna Murley

Essentially, these programs would be funded by developed nations to help pay for community forestry projects in developing countries, if the communities can demonstrate that their efforts are saving forests.

Lacey Act: The Diverse Coalition That Supports It and Why Efforts to Weaken It Should Be Resisted

Jake Schmidt | Posted 12.05.2011 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The Lacey Act is a powerful tool in efforts to stop the destruction of the world's forests, protect American jobs, and help establish rule of law in developing countries.