Wild Sumatran tiger cubs video


Wildlife Extra writes about this video:

Sumatran tiger cubs caught on video in Sumatran forest

First footage of Sumatran tigress and her cubs in Sembilang National Park, Indonesia.

November 2012. Two wild tiger cubs have been caught on camera in the Sumatran forest – the first ever footage captured of young tigers in a previously unexplored National Park.

Conservationists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) have spent four years in Berbak National Park, studying tigers using camera traps in known tiger spots. But it isn’t until now that they’ve monitored the neighbourhood region of Sembilang, and discovered evidence of breeding in this protected area.

Just 300 Sumatran tigers left alive in the wild

The footage of these big cats shows the mother casually walking past the camera, closely followed by her youngsters, who are thought to be less than a year old. A rare occurrence considering there are only around 300 of the endangered wild animals left in the world, as they remain under great threat from poaching and human destruction of their habitat.

ZSL’s head of regional conservation programmes, Sarah Christie says: “This is the best early Christmas present, and we are absolutely delighted to find the first evidence of breeding in Sembilang. We will continue working with leaders of both national parks as well as the government to ensure the areas are better protected and well patrolled,” Sarah added.

Dr. Dolly Priatna, ZSL’s Indonesia country manager added: “This is a key area for Sumatran tigers. If they are saved, everything connected to them is also saved, including the Asia’s last great forests, whose carbon storage alleviates climate change.”

18 million-acre peat forest

Indonesia’s 18 million-acre peat forests are about 50 times the size of London, and make up almost 70% of the world’s tropical carbon stores. If deforestation is discouraged, and Sumatran tigers protected, the carbon storage from these forests is also saved, which will have a vast effect on climate change.

Head of Sembilang National Park, Mr. Tatang says: “This footage highlights that Sembilang National Park is now doubly important for Indonesia; not only is it a major carbon sink, but also a critical habitat for tigers in Southern Sumatra. These data will help us ensure the Berbak-Sembilang area is prioritised for protection.”

As well as the brand new footage of tiger cubs, camera traps have also captured tigers in Berbak as well as tapirs and sunbears.

Sembilang and Berbak National Parks form a single tiger conservation landscape and are one of the very few areas left in the world capable of holding viable tiger populations. The data will support ZSL in working alongside the Indonesian government to improve the protection of this area and conservation of this endangered species.

Murderer Breivik’s Belgian accomplices investigated


This video about the mass murder by Anders Behring Breivik is called Norway marks one year since massacre.

Translated from Belga news agency in Belgium:

Secret service conducts research into Belgian supporters of Breivik

28/11/12, 6:25

More than a year after the mass murders in Norway, the intelligence service of our country is investigating whether Anders Behring Breivik received information from Belgian accomplices. In his manifesto there are passages pointing into that direction, the Belgian Concentra newspapers say.

In Breivik’s manifesto there are some Dutch words, suggesting that he got information from Belgian allies. It is investigated from whom exactly the information was, the papers say. From his 1500 pages long manifesto it is apparent how terribly big his hatred of the European Union was.

“If Breivik would not have been arrested, and after the attacks of 22 July 2011 in Oslo he would have returned to the underground, we probably would have to fear attacks against the European institutions in Brussels”, the annual report of the state intelligence service says literally. The Tihange nuclear power plant is named in his manifesto as well.

According to the Gazet van Antwerpen daily, one of the people in Belgium to whom Breivik sent his manifesto, is Tanguy Veys of the extreme Right racist political party Vlaams Belang.

Breivik’s manifesto traslated into Dutch: here.

Blog of the Year 2012 award, thanks waji!


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Oh waji, you are so kind, to grace Dear Kitty. Some blog with the “Blog of the Year 2012″  Award.

It is the third time, the third star, for this blog.

We really appreciate you thinking of us. If you have not met waji yet, then please check out his blog, with much information about animals and other interesting stuff, here.

The “Blog of the Year” award is a little different from some other awards, because you accumulate stars.

Here are the ‘rules’ for this award:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience [I cannot join that group as I am not on Facebook].

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

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Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs, and even if they have already been given the award by someone else, then you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

For more information check the FAQ on The Thought Palette.

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I want to give this award to so many blog friends that I don’t know where to start. I will very probably forget many deserving blogs. Please keep passing it on and keep the star shine going for blog years and years to come.

Here are my nominees, in no particular order:

1. naturestimeline

2. People, Places and Bling! 

3. InteriorStockholm

4. urbanperegrines

5. Algarve Blog

6. Blessed with a Star on the Forehead

7. Gerald’s space

8. thom.van.dooren

9. That’s how I see the world

10. Melkveebedrijf Stelling

North American Great Lakes plastic pollution


This video is called Mysteries of the Great Lakes.

From Discovery News:

Great Lakes Filled With Plastic Bits

The world’s largest freshwater ecosystem is added to the list of natural places filled with massive swirls of plastic pollution.

By Emily Sohn

Wed Nov 28, 2012 08:41 AM ET

The Great Lakes are swimming with tiny specks of floating plastic, posing threats to both wildlife and human health.

Adding to years of research that have already documented gyres of plastic pieces swirling in the oceans, the new study is the first to officially add the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem to the list of natural places affected by plastic pollution.

As scientists continue to investigate how much plastic is out there, where it’s coming from and how it’s moving between lakes and from lakes to sea, the findings may eventually offer strategies for mitigating the problem.

“The reality is that all the plastic we see in the environment makes its way into the water, which means it’s making its way ultimately into us,” said Sherri Mason, an environmental chemist at SUNY Fredonia. “What we find in the lakes is coming from us, so we’re the problem but we’re also the solution.

“I always want to encourage people to be thinking about their own lives and what they can do,” she added. “If they’re not going to go out and clean up the beach, they can find ways to reduce plastic in their own lives, especially single-use plastics. Forgo the straw. Stop buying disposable plastic bottles. Bring reusable bags so you don’t need to take plastic bags home.”

For decades, scientists have been documenting patches of plastic in the oceans that often congregate where circulation patterns push them together. Most of the bulk of that plastic, according to recent work, is made of tiny bits that are often invisible to the naked eye but can end up accumulating in the food chain.

While teaching a course on a boat in the Great Lakes last summer, Mason stared at the water and wondered if the same might be true there. When she returned to land, she searched the scientific literature for studies on plastic in the big lakes — and turned up nothing.

To begin to fill the knowledge gap, she and colleagues used a manta ray-shaped trawl to collect 21 water samples from near the surface of three lakes: Superior, Erie and Huron. The trawl held a mesh net that caught anything larger than a third of a millimeter in diameter. Each sample filtered water along a distance of two miles.

The researchers did their best to free the many water bugs that landed in the net. Back in the lab, they removed seaweed, fish and other non-plastic items. Then they separated plastic bits by size. And they counted and weighed their stash.

From sample to sample, they found a huge variety in concentrations of plastic, ranging from an extrapolated 600 to 650,000 plastic pieces per square kilometer. Two samples yielded particularly high counts. Both were in areas where the topography of the lakes caused water to converge into river-like currents.

She and her team are currently writing up their findings for submission to scientific journals.

Some headlines about the new research have suggested that the Great Lakes plastic counts exceed anything that’s been found in the oceans, but that’s not necessarily accurate. Research cruises have found the equivalent of 12 million pieces per square kilometer in a few samples in both the Pacific and the Atlantic, said Kara Lavender Law, a physical oceanographer at the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Mass. Only with more comprehensive surveys will it become clear how extensive the problem is.