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Climate Chaos Is Accelerating

Editor’s note: Anyone who is paying attention knows that global climate breakdown is accelerating faster than the worst IPCC predictions. Still, emissions continue to rise, setting records year-after-year. There is no evidence that governments, civil society, or corporations are able to address this in any meaningful way. In fact, all the evidence shows the opposite. … Continue reading Climate Chaos Is Accelerating

WWF-Funded Guards Helped Poachers, Then Tortured Informant Who Tried to Stop Them

Featured image: The collusion between officials and poachers was exposed in India’s Down to Earth magazine. © Down to Earth      by Survival International Park officials in India’s Rajaji Tiger Reserve colluded with poachers in the killing of endangered leopards, tigers and pangolin, according to an investigation by a senior wildlife officer. The accused … Continue reading WWF-Funded Guards Helped Poachers, Then Tortured Informant Who Tried to Stop Them

“Disaster” As Indian Supreme Court Orders Eviction of “8 million” Tribespeople

Featured image: Many tribes, like some Chenchu, have already been evicted after their lands were turned into tiger reserves. Now millions more face eviction. © Survival International      by Survival International India’s Supreme Court has ordered the eviction of up to 8 million tribal and other forest-dwelling people, in what campaigners have described as “an … Continue reading “Disaster” As Indian Supreme Court Orders Eviction of “8 million” Tribespeople

Greenwash, spin and bad science reporting

     by Papillon  Today on Facebook I came across an article celebrating the fact that NASA has found that the earth has greened up over the past 20 years thanks to massive tree planting in China and India. Surely not, I thought. So I googled the phrase “NASA says world greener” and found a … Continue reading Greenwash, spin and bad science reporting

India: With Just Sickles And Sticks, Adivasi Women Save A Forest

Featured image by Souparno Chatterjee     by Chandan Sarma / Youth Ki Awaaz Hakim Sinan village, Ranibandh Block, Bankura District, West Bengal: It was getting dark in the forest. At a distance, light was gleaming from oil lamps in the village. “Did you breastfeed these Saal trees? Why are you stopping us from cutting them down?” growled the … Continue reading India: With Just Sickles And Sticks, Adivasi Women Save A Forest

India: Tribes threatened by Conservation, Plan Historic Protest

Featured image: Baiga women threatened with illegal eviction, Achanakmar Tiger Reserve. The villagers are determined to stay and say they don’t want to leave their forest home. © Survival International      by Survival International Hundreds of Baiga people from the area that inspired Kipling’s The Jungle Book are rallying to oppose the authorities’ attempts to evict … Continue reading India: Tribes threatened by Conservation, Plan Historic Protest

India: Tiger Authority Denounced by Government Experts for Violating Tribal Rights

Featured image: This Baiga woman was evicted from Kanha tiger reserve. © Survival International      by Survival International India’s National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) is coming under increasing pressure over its illegal order banning the recognition of tribal forest rights in tiger reserves. The order prompted Survival International to launch a global tourism boycott in November. … Continue reading India: Tiger Authority Denounced by Government Experts for Violating Tribal Rights

Outrage as Tour Operators Sell “Human Safaris” to Andaman Islands

Featured image: Still from video showing Jarawa girls forced to dance for tourists along the illegal Andaman Trunk Road. © Anon      by Survival International Tour operators in India’s Andaman Islands are selling “human safaris” to the reserve of a recently-contacted tribe, despite government promises to ban the practice. Tourists travel along a road through the Jarawa’s forest, … Continue reading Outrage as Tour Operators Sell “Human Safaris” to Andaman Islands

End in Sight for India’s Notorious Human Safaris

Featured image: Human safaris have risked exposing the Jarawa to diseases to which they have no immunity. © Survival      by Survival International Notorious “human safaris” in India’s Andaman Islands may soon stop, after the authorities announced that a new sea route around the islands will soon open. The new route will keep tourists … Continue reading End in Sight for India’s Notorious Human Safaris

India: Tribal Leader Dies in Police Custody

Featured image: Bari Pidikaka, Dongria activist, who died in police custody after being detained in 2015. © Survival International    by Survival International A leader of a tribe in India, which made headlines around the world when it won a David and Goliath battle against a British mining corporation, has died in police custody – following a … Continue reading India: Tribal Leader Dies in Police Custody