The "tiger state" loses its sobriquet
August 15, 2011: That Madhya Pradesh lost the sobriquet of "Tiger State" after the last national tiger census conducted in 2010-11 is now history. Having had the largest number of tigers during the preceding censuses it was widely known as the "Tiger State". Whether the sobriquet was given or assumed is not quite known.
Elephant and rhino poaching 'is driven by china's economic boom'
August 14, 2011: Elephant poaching in Africa and Asia is being fuelled by China's economic boom, according to a study of the ivory trade.
Authors of the new report found that the number of ivory items on sale in key centres in southern China has more than doubled since 2004, with most traded illegally.
Investment banker Hemendra Kothari is putting his millions into wildlife conservation
August 13, 2011: On the 10th floor of Mafatlal Centre in South Mumbai, 'pugmarks' can be spotted everywhere. Hemendra Kothari, 65, the big cat of investment banking, is ready to show the trail right to its end. He first opens the door to a room named Kanha where hangs a rectangular picture of two young tigers frolicking in brown grass, about to paw each other.
Jewellers to help fund elephant corridors
August 12, 2011: Chairman of Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) M K Ranjitsinh on Thursday said an audit system would be introduced soon to check on the land purchased by them and given to the forest department to create safe corridors for Asian elephants. He admitted they was no system in place for the same at present.
Chavan urges Centre to sign marine treaties
August 12, 2011: Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has written to the Union environment ministry as well as the shipping ministry about the need for India to become a signatory to two international conventions that fix liability for marine pollution and oil spills.
No conflict between growth and environment, says Jayanthi Natarajan
August 11, 2011: Jayanthi Natarajan priorities as environment minister could help the ministry steer away from its confrontational position vis-a-vis growth proponents.
Natarajan's priority areas include greater convergence between forestry and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme, bringing in an environmental component in ministries like rural development,
Kutch among top 10 birding sites in India
August 10, 2011: As an assertion of the state's position as the birding capital of India, a recently concluded study by Kolkata birders on 10 most popular birding destinations of the country has rated Gujarat's Great Rann of Kutch and Little Rann of Kutch among the top ten.
Green groups seek tiger reserve tag for park Environmentalists hope status upgrade will help Dibru-Saikhowa get more funds from Centre
August 10, 2011: Environmental groups have urged the Centre to declare Dibru-Saikhowa National Park as a tiger reserve in the hope that it will attract funds.
According to official data, the national park, spread across Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts with a total area of 765 square km, including the 340 square km core zone, had 31 tigers in 2001-2002.
Mumbai oil spill: damaged mangroves hit again
August 10, 2011: The MV RAK oil leak is threating the Mumbai mangroves. 100 metric tons of oil leaked out from MV RAK has hit Mumbai's mangroves – regeneration will be difficult, say environmentalists. The sludgy patches of oil on Mumbai's Juhu Beach are now not as big as they were on Monday but the worst fears of environmentalists about the potential danger to Mumbai's mangroves may still come true.
PAC probes into illegal mining in Goa’s forest
August 10, 2011: Goa Legislative Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has launched probe into the rampant mining activity in three talukas covered by major forestland.