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BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Three environmental activists were killed per week last year, murdered defending land rights and the environment from mining, dam projects and logging, a campa

A new report by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Interpol has highlighted the sophistication and growth of environmental crimes across the world.

Environmentalists are sceptical that plans to quadruple maximum jail terms from five to 20 years will be effective

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HANGZHOU -- Thirty-two people in East China's Zhejiang province have been sentenced to up to 13 years in prison for trafficking endangered animals.

Criminal syndicates are currently generating an estimated $258 billion from illegal plunder of the planet's natural capital, says a joint UNEP-Interpol report launched on Saturday ahead of the Worl

The value of the black market industry behind crimes such as ivory smuggling, illegal logging and toxic waste dumping has jumped by 26% since 2014 to between $91bn (£62bn) and $258bn, according to an assessment by the UN and Interpol.

The illegal wildlife trade goes far beyond the dreadful story of ivory poaching.

The poaching and illegal trade of thousands of species across the global present real environmental dangers and undermine the rule of law, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said

More ivory has been seized than cocaine worldwide in recent years, a report has shown, warning that the “absolute limit” on the animal product is likely to see a “vicious cycle” ensue as demand inc

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