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Tiger Population in Rise in India but for how long?

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More than 1700 tigers now roaming

Wildlife experts and tiger lovers the world over rejoiced to hear the news yesterday that the tiger population was on the rise in India. This momentary joy was, however, not taken without some reservation.

The environment in which the tigers live is quickly being destroyed, by businesses that are overrunning good forest land with factories of pollution and destruction.

Furthermore, MSNBC reports that “Shrinking habitats have brought the wild cats into conflict with farmers who live near tiger reserves and poachers who kill them for pelts and body parts, highly prized in traditional Chinese medicine.”

The population of tigers is on the rise, but continued efforts must be made by supporting causes & signing petitions that prevent the spread of capitalists gone wild.

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Clearing of Forests to become Faster

Jairam Ramesh, minister of envrionment in India, in a closed door meeting with industrialists got plans together for faster clearing of forests.

The plan known as ‘compensatory afforestation’, will allow industry folk to request clearance of forests ahead of time. Ramesh said that out of 70 million hectares of forest land in India, 28 are marked as degraded. These will be the areas which will get the green light for early afforestation.

But it should be done on the clear understanding that the ownership of that land does not pass to the industry, the Minister said.

“It is not used as a captive plantation for the industry. This would be regeneration of forests. I think this may be one solution to the problems we are having about forest clearances,” Ramesh said.

The deal is a bittersweet one. As industry grows, so too does pollution. Reforestation sounds nice on paper (or screen) but thousands of trees have to be cut to print these statements.

Is it a good plan for the environment? Or is it one that benefits industry more? You decide.

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