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Man convicted for killing and eating China's last Indochinese tiger

The last Indochinese tiger in China was killed and eaten by a man who has now been sentenced to 12 years in prison for his crime.

The Indochinese tiger (also known as Corbett's tiger or Panthera tigris corbetti ) is an endangered tiger subspecies that used to live in China, but now only exists in Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam, where it remains under heavy threat from poachers...

December 25, 2009 — John Platt

Indonesia's Palm oil economy drives human fortunes--And orangutan misfortunes

The net worth of Indonesia's 40 richest men has doubled to $42 billion in the past year, driven in no small part by the growing demand for palm oil, according to Forbes magazine's annual examination of the country's top richest people.Global demand for palm oil is now more than 40 million tons per year, making it "central to the economies of Malaysia and Indonesia," according to the Jakarta Globe .Palm oil is a common ingredient in many processed foods...

December 7, 2009 — John Platt

Skate punk'd: Taxonomic "oops" put rare fish species in danger of extinction

The common skate ( Dipturus batis ), a type of ray, isn't common at all. The rare fish species is already critically endangered, but now new research indicates that the common skate is actually two species, so both are more at risk than previously thought.According to a paper to be published this week in the journal Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems , the common skate is really two similar-looking species, the flapper skate ( D...

November 18, 2009 — John Platt
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