Coal Mine Threatens Indian Tiger

Posted by super on May 29, 2013 in Asset Companies |

India is home to more than half of tigers in the world – 1706 tigers living in the wild, wild animal when it totaled 100,000 at the beginning of last century.

Coal mines to generate electricity is the biggest threat to tigers India. This report was written by environmental campaigners Greenpeace.

They are demanding a halt to land clearing for new mines just a few days after power outages in large parts of India highlighted the shortage of electrical energy.

Conservation of tigers, a sensitive issue in India, making the need to conserve wildlife in dealing with the development needs of countries facing economic growth slowest in nine years. Hundreds of millions of people living below the poverty line in the South Asian nation.

India is home to more than half of tigers in the world – 1706 tigers living in the wild, wild animal when it totaled 100,000 at the beginning of last century.

Emerging Asian countries that have witnessed an unprecedented increase in new coal mines and coal-fired power plant in the past five years, so that the lives of so many endangered animals increasingly threatened, says the report, which aired a few days ago.

Greenpeace, who called the situation “depressing”, said the coal mine have started to affect the tigers in many areas such as Chandrapur in Maharashtra state.

“But there are some other location where the problem is, or will soon, as bad,” said Greenpeace Campaigner Ashsh Fernandes told Reuters, as quoted by Antara on Saturday (04/08).

Government of India, which faces two power outages this week and the power shortage continues, facing strong pressure for additional coal to meet its energy needs are enormous.

Frequent power outages seen as a major disturbance for rapid economic growth, thereby increasing the pressure on the government to allow the development of coal mines.

India has the fifth-largest coal deposits in the world, and the largest producer after China and the United States.

According to the Greenpeace report, if India continued reliance on coal to meet its need for energy, the destruction that has occurred in the sector will double in most areas of central India, which has 80 percent of coal reserves in the country and 35 per cent of the tiger.

In June, the measures to protect endangered wild cat, the Supreme Court of India ordered a ban on tourism in the “core zone” of more than 40 nature reserves for tigers in the country.

Government has been struggling for decades, though often failing, to protect tigers from poachers, who supply cross-border trade that will arouse the tiger, and the loss of animal habitat.

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