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One-third of shark species face extinction

A recent report by the Shark Specialist Group at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on 64 species of pelagic (open water) sharks has revealed that a third of them, including the great white and hammerhead, are at risk of extinction due to overfishing.

Alarming rates of seagrass loss observed around the globe

The accelerated loss of seagrass observed in oceans around the world has reached alarming proportions. According to a recent study, there is only 177,000 sq. km. of these valuable marine plants remaining globally. The current rate of depletion has been placed at 110 sq. km. a year.

China's ban on plastic bags proves successful

Sparking a glimmer of hope, China’s ban on plastic bags, which is one year old, has already saved the equivalent of 1.6 million tonnes of oil, further proof that every small action can make a difference.

California gets tough on car emissions

In a landmark decision applauded by environmentalists, President Obama’s administration has approved California’s bid to set its own standards for vehicle emissions.

Obama calls for stricter fishing regulations

U.S. President Barack Obama has called for a task force to develop a national oceans’ policy and a unified federal approach to ocean issues.

Siezed rhino horns to be given as state presents

It seems that there is no end to the line of people waiting to exploit India’s fragile wildlife. Even government officials are jumping for their stake in the bounty! Assam has a vast number of rhino horns seized from poachers or retrieved from dead animals lying in its treasury.

Budgets fails to meet expectations of environmentalists

The budget did not deliver to India what it had hoped for in terms of the battle to fight climate change. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has offered token cuts in customs duties on wind turbine components and bio-diesel.

Environment Minister gives go-ahead for coal mining in degraded forests

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has given Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal the go-ahead for coal mining in degraded forests across the country. This has caused consternation among climate activists who point out that the double-barrel assault would not only prevent the future regeneration of such forest lands, but spew millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere.

Path-breaking study in tiger enumeration techniques

Heralded as a path-breaking study, recent research by a group of Indian scientists may render current tiger enumeration techniques obsolete. The new method used DNA collected from faecal samples to count tiger numbers.

Tigers return to Gorumara

In almost three decades, no tigers have been sighted in the Gorumara Wildlife Sanctuary in West Bengal. No wonder then that in April this year, when a forest guard spotted an adult tigress and her cubs, he could hardly believe his eyes. Official reports also came in of another tigress being seen at the Apalchand Sanctuary, 20 km. from Jalpaiguri.