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- 2005. Nepal, Kathmandu. Tiger skin - Mole/EIA
- 1998. India pench tiger skull - Joanna Van Gruisen/EIA
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- 2005. China, Litang. Tiger costumes - Belinda Wright/WPSI/EIA
- Elliott Neep
- 2013 July UK London_PR_Greens on the Green Festival0011
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UK: How should we deal with whale strandings?
First light will today [Friday] reveal what has become an all too familiar scene, as another giant of the sea washes up on our beaches.
The 40ft sperm whale, which became stranded off Old Hunstanton yesterday morning, failed to swim to safety at high water.
As dusk fell, experts admitted there was nothing they could do to save the creature as the tide fell and the whale died at around 8pm.
A cordon was put in place around the animal as staff from Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary tried to keep it comfortable, by pouring water around its blow hole ...
Jennifer Lonsdale, director of the Environmental Investigation Agency, said: “By the time they’re actually beached, they’ve all that weight resting on their internal organs.
“The body matter will press on the bodily organs and cause catastrophic damage they can’t survive.
“The International Whaling Commission is doing a lot of work on the best way to deal with stranded dolphins, whales and porpoises.
“It’s so dreadful, it’s obviously suffering but how do you euthanase it, it’s really difficult to know what to do.”
Full story at www.edp24.co.uk/news/environment/how_should_we_deal_with_whale_strandings_1_4406607
#UK #Norfolk #whales
Image: The sperm whale washed up at Hunstanton, UK (c) PJBayfield, via edp24.co.uk ... See MoreSee Less
16 hours ago ·
Indonesia urges France not to tax palm oil heavily, fears impact on economy
JAKARTA, Indonesia – The Government of Indonesia sent a letter to France decrying new law taxing palm oil, calling the move “discriminatory treatment.”
In a letter dated Tuesday, February 2 addressed to Minister Segolene Royal of France’s Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Indonesian Minister of Trade Tom Lembong expressed Indonesia’s “great concern” about the French Sentate’s decision to apply taxes on palm oil and palm kernel oil beginning 2017.
“For Indonesia, given the strategic role of the palm oil sector in the economy, the impact of discriminatory treatment in export markets will have a devastating impact on the hard-won economic, social and political stability that we have earned since the early 2000s,” said the letter.
The letter also said the new law would “breach the principles of national treatment and non-discrimination, and lead to disruptions both in Indonesia’s palm oil sector as well as food production and consumption in France and other EU member countries.”
Lembong then urged Royal to “take the necessary steps to make sure that the amendment is not adopted” and encouraged her “to work with Indonesia to address and issue France may have with regards to palm oil.”
On Thursday, January 21, the French Senate adopted an amendment to apply a tax of 300 euros per ton on palm oil starting next year, and 900 euros per ton by 2020, with further increases on an annual basis.
... France’s tax imposition comes in response to combat deforestation, the use of pesticides allegedly common in palm oil plantations, and to health scares associated with saturated fatty acids consumption.
Full story at www.rappler.com/world/regions/asia-pacific/indonesia/bahasa/englishedition/121241-palm-oil-france...
#palmoil #deforestation #Indonesia #France
Image: Palm oil plantations in Riau province, Indonesia (c) EPA ... See MoreSee Less
16 hours ago ·
Australia: Snow leopard DNA found in Chinese medicine
Chinese medicine purchased over the counter in Australia has been found to contain the DNA of endangered species.
Laboratory testing of the capsules purchased in 2012 found they contained DNA from snow leopard - and possibly tiger. Both species are listed on the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species.
Roger Byard from Adelaide University's school of medicine said a research student purchased the traditional Chinese medicine from a shop at the Adelaide Central Market.
* Learn more about EIA's work to combat the commercial use of tiger and other Asian big cats products at ht.ly/XWc4f
... "The listed ingredients are often quite different from what is in there," Professor Byard said, adding that about 13 per cent of Chinese traditional medicines contained animal species.
He said there was no evidence that snow leopard, native to the mountains of central and south Asia, had any effect on arthritis.
"You could eat a snow leopard from its nose to its tail and still have aching joints," he said.
Full story at www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/snow-leopard-dna-found-in-chinese-medicine-sold-in-australia-2...
#Australia #leopards #tigers #TCM
Image: Snow leopard, by Rodney Jackson ... See MoreSee Less
3 days ago ·