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Five Big Cats Rescued from Thailand’s Tiger Temple

Fate of remaining 142 big cats still uncertain

Thai officials seized five of the 147 captive tigers at the controversial Tiger Temple on Friday and relocated them to wildlife refuges run by the country’s national parks department, according to a report in the Bangkok Post. Photo by Steve WinterThe Tiger…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – January 29, 2016

Thai Officials to Rescue 147 Tigers from Monastery After Investigations Reveal Trafficking

Death threats haunt founder of conservation group behind the revelation

Halfway through my Skype interview last night with Sybelle Foxcroft — the wildlife biologist who’s the key source behind last week’s horrific National Geographic investigative report about illegal cross-border tiger trafficking from the famed Tiger Temple in Thailand — she’s interrupted by…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – January 25, 2016

Top Environmental Stories of 2015

Climate change, energy, and wlidlife issues in the forefront

It’s that time again, when we reflect on the year that’s passed and draw up a tally of the best and worst of just about everything. For us at the Journal, the tally is, naturally, about the most important environmental stories, stories…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – December 31, 2015

Thousands of Planned Coal Plants, if Built, Could Doom Efforts to Contain Global Warming

Meanwhile, climate change continues to wreak havoc in real time

I landed in Calcutta (Kolkata, if you are a stickler for official names) on November 30, the day the world leaders, policy makers, and environmental activists gathered in Paris to figure out how to curb climate change. Officially, it’s wintertime in this…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – December 2, 2015

Aaron Mair

Aaron Mair came to environmental activism via the social justice pathway. Back in the 1980s, he became embroiled in a fight to shut down a solid waste incinerator in Albany, NY. The incinerator would send out plumes of polluting smoke right over his home, which was in an inner city neighborhood, sickening Mair’s young daughters and other kids in the neighborhood. “I was seeking justice for the community,” Mair, who’s an epidemiological-spatial…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – Winter 2016

Unite and Diversify

I drink water straight from the tap at home. It’s tasty, it’s refreshing, and it’s healthy. At least I assume it’s healthy. Carla Bartlett assumed the same. For many years she drank “lots and lots” of iced tea – her favorite drink – made with water flowing from the tap in her home in Coolville, Ohio, a small, working-class town across the river from DuPont’s plant in West Virginia. But what Bartlett…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – Winter 2016

US Dolphin Safe Tuna Label is Unfair to Mexico, WTO rules yet again

Marine mammal advocates accuse trade body of putting business above dolphin protection

If Mexico and the World Trade Organization have their way, those “dolphin safe” cans of tuna you’ve been buying at the supermarket might actually come stained with dolphin blood. Last Friday, the global trade body again ruled against the United States in…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – November 24, 2015

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