EU’s tight regulations of greenhouse gases seem to have caused an eruption of criminal trade of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), synthetic chemicals hundreds of thousands of times stronger than carbon dioxide and used in many common household products, according to a new report published Tuesday by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a UK-based NGO.
Chinese anti-corruption authorities in the northwest Qinghai province have launched a three-month campaign to crack down on “Himalayan Viagra,” a fungus that is more valuable than gold and is used to bribe officials, the country’s anti-corruption watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), said in an online statement.
Members of the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature, announced a proposal to ban the use of pangolin products, the world’s most trafficked animal, in traditional Chinese medicine.
In an effort to combat a practice called “fish laundering,” the European Union and Sweden pledged US$52 million in the beginning of September to various marine agencies in the Pacific who are supposed to monitor and crack down on fraudsters.
A court in Hong Kong doled out a three-month sentence on Monday to a woman for importing a 29-ton shipment of endangered Honduran rosewood, the news portal Coconuts HK reported.
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