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Berta Cáceres, Honduran Indigenous Rights Leader, Murdered at Home

Cáceres was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015 for her courageous opposition to mining and other mega-development projects

We woke up to tragic news this morning. Honduran indigenous Lenca leader Berta Cáceres was shot dead in her home town early today, less than a year since she was awarded the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize in recognition of her courageous efforts…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – March 3, 2016

Thai Officials Reject Controversial Tiger Temple’s Application for a Zoo Permit

Big cats held at the temple will be rescued at the rate of five individuals a month

Efforts to rescue the tigers held captive in Thailand’s infamous Tiger Temple may not be moving as fast as most wildlife activists would like, but there may be hope for the big cats yet. In the past month, five more of the…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – March 2, 2016

Lest We Forget

“Drinking a glass of water shouldn’t be risky business,” I wrote in the previous issue of this magazine. Sadly, the unfolding crisis in Flint, Michigan – where people’s drinking water has been poisoned with dangerous levels of lead, where officials failed to notify residents for months after they learned of the problem – shows that a glass of water continues to be risky in many places across the United States. We now…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – Spring 2016

Fight Senate Bill Seeking Voluntary GMO Labeling, Say Right to Know Advocates

Draft legislation an attempt to block Vermont’s mandatory labeling law that goes into effect on July 1

Big Ag’s effort to withhold information about the kind of food we put on our table continues. Now there’s a new bill in the Senate that seeks to preempt state or other local laws that would require mandatory labeling of genetically modified…
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by: Maureen Nandini Mitra – February 23, 2016

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

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