Saving India’s tigers from extinction

first_img– Advertisement – These reserves allowed the land to return to nature and the tigers to flourish, protected by wardens. Tiger expert Valmik Thapar tells the BBC how he saw tiger numbers grow substantially, reaching 4000 in the 1990s. But since then poaching has returned and he fears for the future of the tiger.- Advertisement – Witness Historycenter_img By the early 1970s Indian tigers had been hunted and poached to the edge of extinction – just 1800 were left, down from an estimated 40,000 in the 1930s. The Prime Minister at the time, Indira Gandhi, banned hunting and set up 15 reserves across the country to try to re-establish the tiger in its natural habitat. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Hurricane Rina slowly strengthening

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 3 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share LocalNews Hurricane Rina slowly strengthening by: – October 26, 2011 Hurricane Rina 5-day forecast track. NHC/NOAA graphicMIAMI, USA — At 5:00 pm EDT on Tuesday, the eye of hurricane Rina was located about 275 miles east-southeast of Chetumal, Mexico, and about 275 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. Rina is moving toward the west near 3 mph. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, a turn toward the west-northwest was expected Tuesday night, followed by a gradual turn toward north and a slight increase in forward speed by Thursday.A hurricane warning is in effect for the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula from north of Punta Gruesa to Cancun; a tropical storm warning is in effect for the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula from Chetumal to Punta Gruesa; a tropical storm watch is in effect for the coast of Belize from Belize City northward and the Honduran Bay Islands of Roatan and Guanaja. A tropical storm warning may be needed for these islands later Tuesday night or Wednesday. On the forecast track, the center of Rina will approach the coast within the hurricane warning area on Wednesday night and Thursday. Data from an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft indicated that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 110 mph, with higher gusts. Rina is a category two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Rina is expected to become a major hurricane Tuesday night or Wednesday. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the centre and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.Hurricane conditions are expected to reach the coast within the hurricane warning area by early Thursday, with tropical storm conditions expected by Wednesday afternoon or Wednesday night. Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach the coast in the tropical storm warning area on Wednesday.Rina is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 8 to 16 inches over the eastern Yucatan peninsula from Wednesday morning into Friday. A dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 5 to 7 feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast near and to the right of the track of the centre. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves. Meanwhile, a surface trough over the south-central Caribbean Sea continues to produce disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity. This system became less organized on Tuesday and any development is expected to be slow to occur as it moves west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph over the next couple of days.This system has a low chance — 20 percent — of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours. Regardless of development, locally heavy rains were possible over Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire, the northwestern coast of Venezuela and the northeastern coast of Colombia. By Caribbean News Now contributorlast_img read more