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Malaysia moves to save its tigers

November 5, 2009: Malaysia has announced ambitious plans to double its tiger population by 2020. The rare Malayan tiger is the victim of a diminishing prey base and flourishing medicinal trade that attributes healing powers to its body parts.

Rhino and tiger found dead in the Kaziranga National Park

October 12, 2009: A fortnight after the devastating deaths of three rhinos, a tiger and rhino have been found dead in the Kaziranga National Park. Even more horrifying is the fact that their deaths heralded a fierce battle between a gang of armed poachers and forest guards.

Sunken ship threatens ridleys in Orissa

October 2009: A cargo ship operating under a Mongolian flag capsized off the Paradip harbour in Orissa on September 9, 2009. The ship is believed to have been carrying around 25,000 tonnes of powdery iron ore and over 900 tonnes of fuel oil. Port authorities claim that the required steps have been taken to prevent spillage and potential pollution.

Peru explores the possibility of sustainable fisheries

October 2009: Peru’s anchovy fishers, who account for 10 per cent of the total world fish catch, will attempt to ensure the sustainability of their stocks for the first time by submitting to independent monitoring.

E-waste dump site in Roorkie

October 2009: Overriding serious environmental concerns, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has given M/s Attero Pvt. Ltd., a recycling plant based in Roorkie, permission to import 8,000 MT of e-waste from U.K. and U.S.A.

U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sued over climate plight of ribbon seal

October 2009: The Center for Biological Diversity and Greenpeace have filed a suit against the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for denying the ribbon seal Histriophoca fasciata protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), despite scientific evidence that its Arctic habitat is severely threatened by global warming.

Rhino horn demand booming in Asia

October 2009: Rhino populations worldwide are threatened by a sharp increase in demand for rhino horns, leading to a devastating upswing in poaching. According to new research by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, rhino poaching is poised to hit a 15-year-high.

Notorious wildlife criminal Sansar Chand is free again

October 2009: In a highly-disappointing decision, the Supreme Court of India by an order dated August 24, 2009, suspended the jail sentence of notorious wildlife criminal Sansar Chand. According to the Wildlife Protection Society of India, the SC ordered that he be 'enlarged on bail’ to the satisfaction of the trial court.

Good news from the Valmiki Tiger Reserve

October 2009: Between January 1 and August 19, 2009 at least 66 tigers have been killed in India. Around 23 of these were victims of poaching while the other 46 died from various causes ranging from tiger-human conflict, road accidents, etc. The news of two tiger cub sightings in the easternmost part of the Valmiki Tiger Reserve in Bihar in August is therefore particularly welcome.

Kenya's Amboseli National Park threatened by Chinese road-builder

October 2009: Sinohydro, a Chinese-owned corporation, has been using explosives to excavate a rock quarry in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, endangering migration corridors of elephants and other wildlife. According to local environmentalists, the operation has continued despite a temporary stop order issued in May by Kenya’s high court.