This is a very big deal in terms of elephant conservation vs poaching; it could make a huge dent in the demand for ivory.

from boing boing, with links to the original Washington Post article.

From the WaPo article “The United States and China have agreed to enact “nearly complete bans” on ivory import and export, “and to take significant and timely steps to halt the domestic commercial trade of ivory.”

The articles don’t outline how this will be enforced, or what penalties there may be, but this is cause for optimism (or maybe I’m naive).