Shout out to all tiger ranged countries and stakeholders to lead tiger conservation sans politics

Contrary to the primary goals set for tiger conservation, the apparent intervention of politics has dissuaded the tiger ranged countries from achieving the primary goals. However the planned Global Tiger Summit in September is set to address mistakes made, analyse new projects, funding and management plans. GMFER posts a commentary by Mongabay on this issue […]

How will Climate Change affect Nepal’s rhinos?

“Ganesh Pant worries about the future. While he delights in the stunning conservation accomplishment that has seen the numbers of greater one-horned rhinos in Nepal jump from 100 in 1965 to 752 in 2021, he wants to be sure that success will continue.” Source: The Guardian Image Credit: TBD

100s of Asiatic lions die within two years

“Gandhinagar: As many as 283 Asiatic lions have died over the last two years, the Gujarat government has told the state assembly. In response to questions in the House on Monday, forest and environment minister Kiritsinh Rana said 159 deaths were reported in 2020 and 124 in 2021.” Source: Hindustan Times Image Credit: TBD

1000s of African elephant lives threatened by fossil fuel extraction

The Okavango Delta watershed is a pristine and biologically rich region; it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ReconAfrica, a Canadian oil and gas exploration company has recently begun the 2nd stage of its seismic survey in the Delta, searching for oil and gas with the blessing of the Namibian Government.  Elephant populations in […]

Can Traditional Chinese Medicine cause pandemics? Why did the WHO endorse TCM?

Scientists are still unraveling the COVID-19 origins story; initial analysis submitted that a bat was the likely reservoir host, and, while a pangolin has not been ruled out as the vector inducing “spillover”, the intermediate host or hosts remain undetermined in the absence of sufficient probabilistic accuracy. Whether the virus emerged at the Wuhan live […]

In a reckless move the World Health Organization endorses Traditional Chinese Medicine

“China has been pushing for wider global acceptance of traditional medicines, which brings in some $50 billion in annual revenue for the nation’s economy. And in 2016 Margaret Chan, then the WHO director, praised China’s plans to do so. But while it’s a good idea to catalogue TCM and make health workers aware of treatments […]

The World Health Organization’s decision to endorse TCM will backfire

“This donkey rush is driven by the annual 15-billion-yuan (US$2.2-billion) market for ejiao, a gelatin made by boiling donkey skins. It is a highly prized ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), believed to stop bleeding and fight coughs and cancer. Demand has surged over the past few decades as China’s wealthy population has grown: a […]

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