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India: 78 tigers died in 2014, from poaching & natural causes
NEW DELHI: The number of tigers that died in 2014 has increased to 78, due to both poaching and natural reasons, parliament was informed on Tuesday.
In 2013, the number of cases of tiger death were 68 and in 2012 it was at 89, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.
Strict vigil is maintained by the officials of state departments of forests and wildlife, the wildlife crime control bureau has been set up to ensure co-ordination among various states to control poaching and illegal trade in wildlife and its products.
"The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been empowered under the Wild Life (Protection) Act 1972 to apprehend and prosecute wildlife offenders," he said.
However, the Minister also informed that the number of elephants that died in 2013-14 has decreased to 63 from 91 in the last year, similarly rhinoceros died in 2013 have also come down to 91 from 142 in previous year.
The reasons of death of both these animals natural as well as poaching.
#India #tigers #poaching
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3 hours ago ·
It’s time to demand ambitious action on climate change
This Saturday (March 7) marks two months to go until the UK General Election and I will be joining thousands of other protesters on the streets of London on the Time to Act march to demand for more governmental action to tackle climate change.
By being part of this march, we will be asking political leaders to put climate on the table by taking ambitious domestic actions and to help drive forward a global deal in Paris at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations this December.
This is a huge year for the climate, not least because it offers the most tangible opportunity in the past six years to broker a legally binding global agreement but also because this opportunity comes at a time that the planet is reaching a climate tipping point. Last year was the hottest on record, with record-high sea levels reached. It forms part of a worrying trend; 14 of the hottest 15 years on record have occurred in the 21st century. In fact, nobody born after 1976 has ever lived through a year of below-average global temperatures – meaning that the last time the Earth was functioning below climatic equilibrium, The Three Degrees were more likely to be playing on the radio than being discussed as a last-ditch adaptation goal by panic-strewn policy makers.
... we need a new policy narrative on climate change, and what better way to start pushing for one than to a march straight through the heart of Westminster? It’s time to tell our politicians that failure to act on climate change is not an option: it’s morally reprehensible.
But as the social and economic costs of mitigating climate change continue to inflate, surely the most expensive we can do is nothing at all?
The Time to Act march starts at 12.30pm on Saturday (March 7) in Lincoln Inns Fields, London.
To read more about it and learn about how you can support the campaign, visit www.timetoact2015.org
Read today's EIA blog in full at eia-international.org/its-time-to-demand-ambitious-action-on-climate-change
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4 hours ago ·
Indonesia: Mangrove clearance threatens Komodo National Park
Komodo National Park in West Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), is being threatened by the cutting down of mangrove trees around the park’s perimeter.
House of Representatives Commission IV members visited the park and received information from West Manggarai residents about the felling of mangrove trees.
The park office has been urged to immediately take stern measures against those who cut down mangrove trees in the park or its buffer zones as felling mangrove trees is against the law.
West Manggarai community figure Pastor Marselinus Agot, who once received an environmental award from the Forestry Ministry, told The Jakarta Post on Monday that law enforcers in the regency never took action against offenders.
Marselinus said law enforcers in the regency were reluctant to act against any officials responsible for environmental damage and instead opted to arrest civilians.
Full story at www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/03/03/mangrove-clearance-threatens-komodo-national-park.html
#Indonesia #illegallogging #komodo
Image: Komodo dragon, Komodo island, Indonesia, by Thomas Hirsch ... See MoreSee Less
1 day ago ·