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Read our 2021 Impact Report to see the successes and far-reaching impact of our Wildlife, Forest, and Climate campaigns in EIA’s unending mission to achieve environmental and social justice. Without our partners, donors and general support, we would not be able to make the enormous impact that we do globally. Thank you for your support!


EIA gave a briefing to the 44th Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol to ensure the continued implementation of the Montreal Protocol, which has been essential in phasing out the use of ozone-depleting substances such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). However, significant improvements are still needed to ensure the sustained phase-out of substances controlled by the Protocol.

On September 21st, the U.S. Senate voted to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, joining other countries in the global phasedown of harmful HFCs. EIA has campaigned in support of HFC phasedown at the Montreal Protocol for more than a decade and has exposed illegal production and usage of HFCs globally, as well as rampant HFC leaks in U.S. supermarkets.

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new Climate Law that ambitiously seeks to eliminate super-pollutant HFCs used in cooling. The legislation sets the goal to transition from HFCs to no or ultra-low global warming potential alternatives by 2035. EIA celebrated the groundbreaking law, which paves the way for other states to follow suit and eliminate HFC usage.


EIA submitted public comments on NOAA's draft Gulf of Alaska Climate Science Regional Action Plan 2022-2024 requesting an investigation into the general health status of endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales, more information on Cook Inlet water quality, and more frequent population surveys on the beluga whale.

EIA participated in the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) 50th anniversary events on Capitol Hill, engaging with key members of Congress on the importance of ensuring a strong and robust MMPA to protect vulnerable populations from cumulative threats of vessel strikes, entanglements, underwater noise exposure, and climate change-driven impacts to critical habitat.

On World Rhino Day 2022 EIA reflected on the latest rhino population data, which shows that while black rhino numbers have slowly increased in recent years white rhino populations are suffering dramatic losses due to poaching, and called for meaningful action from range, transit, and consumer states to turn the tide against poachers and traffickers.


A recent investigation by EIA and partners in Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia incorporated extensive data analyses and on-the-ground investigations to track log trucks from protected forests to over a dozen major pellet and biomass plants, confirming that pillaging protected forests to make heating pellets and burning for energy has become a widespread practice in the region. In many cases, we found these pellets are sold to consumers in Western Europe and exposed the perverse subsidies granted by the EU to the biomass industry in order to meet their renewable energy targets. The investigation was widely reported in news outlets across the globe with an exclusive in the New York Times and local newspapers in Europe.

Shortly after the report was released, the EU voted on an amendment to phase down some forms of harmful biomass subsidies. While a step in the right direction, the amendment contains no timetable and provides for dangerous loopholes through which the destructive practice could continue. Read EIA’s reaction to the European Parliament vote here.

Russian birch has been the choice wood of many carpenters and manufacturers in the United States. In another groundbreaking investigation, reported by the Washington Post, EIA uncovered how large quantities of Russian birch plywood continue to be imported into the United States via China and Vietnam, thereby evading 50% tariffs that were imposed on Russian timber after its invasion of Ukraine. The investigation reveals that the continued import of this “conflict timber” is likely being misdeclared, in violation of the U.S. Lacey Act.

Photo credit: Tiziano Biagi

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