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Kolkatta vulnerable to climate change, says report

November 12, 2009: In a recent report, Kolkatta has been identified as the fourth city in Asia most vulnerable to climate change after Dhaka, Manila and Jakarta.

Churches to ask for a strong climate deal on December 13

November 12, 2009: The World Council of Churches has directed its churches around the world to ring their bells 350 on December 13 to coincide with the climate negotiations being held in Copenhagen, Denmark from December 7 – 18, 2009.

Australia and India to work together

November 12, 2009: Australia has pledged to invest over $70 million in the energy, agriculture and environment sectors in India.

Poachers arrested for trafficking wildlife articles to China and Tibet

November 9, 2009: In a heartening move, seven people have been arrested for the illegal trafficking of wildlife parts into China and Tibet. Among the seized goods were two tiger skins, two leopard skins and some body parts.

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.