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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.

Pench irrigation colony must go

The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court has called for a status report on the relocation of an irrigation colony inside the core area of the Pench Tiger Reserve from the Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board (MPSEB) and the Maharashtra Water Resources Department (WRD).

MLAs refused bail

In a landmark decision, the Guwahati High Court rejected the anticipatory bail plea of two MLAs, Jitin Gogoi and Kushal Duorii who were arrested for going on a rampage inside the Kaziranga National Park on March 17, 2009 (Sanctuary Vol. XXIX No. 2, April 2009).

Insurgency and poaching interlinked

The long suspected nexus between insurgent groups and poachers (Sanctuary Vol. XIX No. 3, June 1999 and Vol. XXIX No. 2, April 2009) has been exposed with the recent arrest of two members of the Muslim United Liberation Tigers of Assam (MULTA) in Assam’s Morigoan district.

Oil leak threatens marine life

On April 22, 2009, seepage was detected in the single point mooring (SPM) at Paradip, from where pipes carry crude oil to the Haldia refinery. Sources say the breakage resulted in 3,000 tonnes of crude oil spilling into the sea, threatening fragile underwater ecosystems.