In this episode of Life Solved, we explore the little-known ‘Ice Ivory’ market. Hear researchers at the University, describe how mammoth ivory is being sold, in place of elephant ivory; often illegally.
20 min listen
In this episode of Life Solved, we explore the little-known ‘Ice Ivory’ market. Hear Dr. Caroline Cox, Senior Lecturer at Portsmouth Law School and Dr Luke Hauser, a Researcher at the University of Portsmouth, describe how mammoth ivory is being sold, in place of elephant ivory; often illegally.
You’ll hear why the trade in mammoth ivory - surprisingly - isn’t necessarily unlawful, but that the approach to digging it out of the Siberian permafrost can be. Plus, the long-term environmental damage that comes from digging up the ancient beasts, and how this could affect our present-day elephant population.
The conversation covers law, ethics, poverty, trade and the environment - with some surprises along the way - and we discover why Luke might be the world’s first ‘geo-criminologist’.
You can also find out more about this work and other research at the University of Portsmouth website: https://www.port.ac.uk/research/
Dr Caroline Cox
Dr Luke Hauser: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Luke-Hauser
Caroline’s work on Ivory Trade legislation:
The Ivory Project: https://www.port.ac.uk/research/research-projects/the-ivory-project
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