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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.

Night traffic comes to a halt in Bandipur

October 2009: In early August, the Karnataka High Court banned night (9 p.m. to 6 a.m.) vehicular traffic passing through two roads bisecting the Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary in Chamrajnagar district. National Highway-212 passes for 20 km. through Bandipur in Karnataka to Wyanaad in Kerala while the NH-67 extends 12.5 km. through the park to connect Mysore in Karnataka to Ooty in Tamil…

Tusker Count Up Post-Veerappan

September 30, 2010: Six years after the death of forest brigand Veerappan, a scientific study undertaken at Sathyamangalam forest in Tamil Nadu, the once notorious hideout of the brigand, reveals that tuskers and tigers have reclaimed their territory and started flourishing.

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.