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Tigers or Coal? India makes a choice

India has to make a stark chioce between its National Animal the tiger or coal.  If the choice is coal it will be a short term solution as it will run out in a few years time. I cannot understand why more attention is not given to solar energy as once set up will cost virtually nothing to run and with the amount of sunshine in India it would seem to be a logical way forward. See link below to read the report in the Huffington Post. http://huff.to/1d9QoW5 ...

Tiger conservation gets EUR 20 million boost from Germany

Germany has made a very generous donation of EUR 20 million to a tiger conservation programme managed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The programme is to help increase the number of wild tigers and also to improve the livelyhoods of communities living in close to the tigers habitat. See link below to read the story in the news report by IUCN. http://bit.ly/1dswGeg   ...

Palm oil company fined millions for burning Sumatran forest

The tragedy of the Palm Oil industry in Indonesia is highlighted again by the continual destruction of the valuable rain forests in Sumatra. The forests are the home of many endangered species including the Sumatran tiger, rhino, elephant and last but not least the gentle orangutan whose forest home is being burnt and destroyed by ruthless companies in the rush to gain more land for Palm oil plantations.  Please see link below to read the story published by the Environment News Service. ...

Tiger and leopard poaching cases have been pending for almost 40 years in MP courts

This is a sad indictment of the legal system in Madhya Pradesh where over 200 cases of tiger and leopard poaching that are being tried in the courts are taking so long to reach a conclusion.  I wonder how serious is the State in saving India's precious wildlife from poaching. Unfortunately tigers and leopards cannot vote!!  See the link below to read the report in the Economic Times. http://bit.ly/1lPRvTb ...

Tiger kills villager at Tadoba

Although an extremely sad situation with a villager being killed by a tiger- the villagers should not have been in the core area of park collecting wood. Surely they must have known the danger involved in entering the core which is of course the tigers protected area.  See link below to the report in The Times of India. http://bit.ly/1gpQgGj ...

Three more tiger cubs for Ranthambhore

A tigress at Ranthambhore National Park in India has given birth to 3 cubs. Their arrival has been recorded on a camera trap as at this very early age their mother will keep them well hidden. Excellent news. See link below to read the story in The Times of India. http://bit.ly/KlIouD ...

Iceland in December 2013

Iceland in December 2013

I returned from a short trip to Iceland in December, where I had been hoping to photograph the Aurora Borealis.  This did not come to fruition and It was disappointing for me at my particular site but apparently others in the north of the island were successful.  I was, however,  able to photograph the dramatic Icelandic scenery.   A small selection of photographs from the trip can be seen by following this

Tiger poaching in India highest in seven years.

Depressing figures released on the number of tigers that have been poached in 2013. In all probabilty these figures are on the low side as I feel sure that many such cases have gone undetected by the authorities. In my view the answer to the ongoing problem is threefold. 1. Stiffer custodial sentences to those convicted of tiger poaching. 2. Educating young people on the importance of saving the remaining number of wild tigers-after all the tiger is India's national animal. Thirdly a benef ...