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Obama sets it straight

In a welcome move, President Barack Obama reversed a last-minute Bush administration regulation that would have made it easier for federal agencies to skip consultations with government scientists of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Marine Fisheries Services before launching projects that could endanger wildlife.

Balkan lynx on the brink

Once killed as a pest, the Balkan lynx, a subspecies of the European lynx, and the largest of the wild cats found in Europe, is now being hunted for its prized fur. Populations of this stunningly beautiful spotted golden-brown cat hover at below 80 in Albania and Macedonia with even smaller numbers distributed in Montenegro and Serbia.

War on wildlife

Eighty-one per cent of major armed conflicts from 1950 to 2000 occurred in countries that contain one of the 34 identified biodiversity hotspots, reveals a new study by Russell Mittermeier and Michael Hoffmann published in Conservation Biology.

Ecosystem markets rising

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is creating the first office dedicated solely to market-based conservation strategies.

U.S.A.'s Endangered Species Act endangered

According to a December 2008 report by a U.S. inspector general, a number of senior Bush political appointees at the U.S. Department of Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service systematically imperilled species and habitats and undermined the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

DNA testing in Palamau

Not a single tiger sighting was recorded in the Palamau Tiger Reserve during Phase I of the Wildlife Institute of India’s all India tiger enumeration study. Based on spatial occupancy data, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) had suggested a low tiger density ranging from 0.5 to 1.5 per 100 sq. km.

Meghalaya villagers root for tigers

Illegal coal mining on the boundary of the Balpakram National Park in Meghalaya sparked the ire of locals and NGOs who joined hands to send a legal notice to the state forest department authorities.

Plastic ban in Delhi

India’s capital is finally setting the bar for metros around the nation by issuing a state-wide ban on plastic bags.

Whitley Award for Deepak Apte

One of the world’s most prestigious awards for grassroots nature conservation was awarded to Deepak Apte, marine biologist with the Bombay Natural History Society for his work in the Lakshadweep Islands.

The struggle for survival between endemic and introduced species in Gough Island, U.K.

The battle between endemic and introduced species has reached a new pitch in Gough Island in the United Kingdom.