Latest Environmental crime Stories

2010-03-25 10:45:00

African gorillas and great apes are facing a number of issues that threaten their existence, and could reduce their numbers substantially by 2030, according to a March 24 report. The study, entitled "The Last Stand of the Gorilla - Environmental Crime and Conflict" and presented at the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Qatar, has concluded that illegal logging, mining, poaching, and illness are forcing gorillas closer to extinction while also...

2009-11-19 11:35:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Local news sources reported Tuesday that agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service searched the Tennessee manufacturing facility of Gibson Guitars as part of an investigation under the Lacey Act into harvested wood from Madagascar. This search represents the first use of a landmark 2008 amendment to the Lacey Act prohibiting trade in illegally sourced wood products. The Lacey Act is a 100-year-old statute that restricts traffic in illegally...

2008-10-15 18:00:13

David B. Weinstein, managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig's Tampa office, moderated a panel, "Internal Investigations: Ten Tips Every Attorney Should Know Before Starting an Internal Environmental Investigation" at the 16th ABA Environment, Energy, & Resources Section Law Summit. The event was held September 17-20, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona. Weinstein's panel included the Director of the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Criminal Enforcement, a Senior Trial Attorney from...

2008-10-10 18:00:17

By MARY MARAGHY Someone in Middleburg is making homemade diesel fuel, evidenced by six 55-gallon drums filled with vegetable oil residue and a homemade PVC pipe filtration system found in a construction site dumpster. Making biodiesel is not illegal, or unusual, said deputies from Clay County's environmental crimes unit, adding that there are recipes online that recommend using discarded oil from fast-food joints. However, in this case, the drums were dumped in another person's leased...

2008-08-05 06:00:24

By Jenny Haworth THE decision to fine a firm responsible for an oil slick that spread nine miles across the Firth of Forth just GBP 3,000 has left green groups calling for action to make sure environmental crimes are treated more seriously. Ondeo Industrial Solutions had faced a maximum fine of GBP 40,000 for the contamination incident in the Special Protection Area, which happened in July last year, but received a penalty less than a tenth of that amount. Environmentalists called the...

2008-07-23 09:00:39

Brazil toughens environmental regulations RIO DE JANEIRO, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed Tuesday a decree aiming to toughen the country's environmental law. According to the new rules, any person or company obstructing environment-related inspections by government institutions will face a fine of up to 100,000 reais (62,500 U.S. dollars) which has to be paid within four months. Under the old system, the amount of fine was decided on a case by...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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