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Amid Showdown, Thai Officials Begin Removing Big Cats from Infamous Tiger Temple – June 1, 2016

Day 3 of rescue operation leads to awful discovery: 40 dead tiger cubs and other animal parts

So it has come to pass — following several months of stand off, the infamous Tiger Temple has been closed down as Thai wildlife officials and veterinarians undertake a monumental operation to relocate the remaining 137 tigers from the temple in Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province to wildlife sanctuaries across the country.

Wildlife officials with a tranquilized tigerPhoto by Edwin Wiek/Wildlife Friends Foundation ThailandAt least 40 tigers have been removed from the controversial temple since Monday.

According to the Bangkok Post, since Monday, when the rescue operations began, at least 40 tigers have been removed from the temple. Ten other tigers had been rescued from… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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New Discovery: A Massive Reef System at the Mouth of the Amazon River – April 25, 2016

But this unique 600-mile long reef is already threatened by oil drilling

Could coral reefs have anything to do with the Amazon River? Apparently so. In case you missed this new finding among the sea of reports about the impending demise of coral reefs (especially the Great Barrier Reef) across the world, here’s the lowdown: A team of scientists from Brazil and the United States have discovered a 600-mile long sponge and coral reel at the mouth of the Amazon River, where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean.

Photo of Rodrigo MouraPhoto by Lance Willis Rodrigo Moura of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro holds up a part of the reef collected during the 2012… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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We Don’t Die, We Multiply – April 19, 2016

This year’s Goldman Environmental Prize winners offer inspiration and hope for the future

The spirit of Berta Cáceres was strong at the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize celebrations in San Francisco last night. The evening’s ceremony opened with a spoken tribute to the indigenous Lenca activist who was assassinated in her home last month — less than a year after she walked up to the stage at the San Francisco Opera House to receive a Goldman for her sustained fight against big dams and other mega-development projects in Honduras.

2016 Goldman Prize winnersPhoto courtesy of Goldman Environmental PrizeThe six prize-winners offer compelling examples of ordinary folks taking extraordinary actions to protect our shared planet.

“Giving our… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Strawberries Top Dirty Dozen List of Produce Containing Pesticides – April 13, 2016

Report finds 146 different pesticides on fruit and vegetable samples tested by federal agencies

Keep your hands off those strawberries folks! Unless they are organic that is. Apparently nearly all conventionally grown strawberry samples tested by federal officials had detectable pesticide residues, and some had traces of as many as 17 different pesticides lingering around.

photo of strawberriesPhoto by bionicgrrrl In California, where most US strawberries are grown, each acre of strawberry field is treated with a whopping 300 pounds of pesticides.

With summer and its bounty of luscious fruits and vegetables just around the corner, the Environmental Working Group has come out with its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of produce that are heavily contaminated… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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Short Film on the Hidden Life of Cougars Reveals their Social and Caring Side – March 11, 2016

The Secret Life of Mountain Lions debunks long-held perceptions of cougars as solitary, anti-social animals

A short film about the life of a Wyoming cougar named F61 and her three spotted kittens has been going viral on the Internet. Released on Vimeo on March 1, The Secret Life of Mountain Lions provides a rare and intimate glimpse into the family lives of America’s second-largest cats. 

Based on footage gathered over the years by the conservation group Panthera's Teton Cougar Project, the film debunks long-held perceptions of cougars as solitary, anti-social animals. Instead it reveals a cat family that is playful, affectionate, and interdependent, and shows how certain behaviors are passed down from one generation to the next. For instance,… more

by: Maureen Nandini Mitra

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