In­dia lost max­i­mum tigers in 2016

1.4mil­lion

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

can be con­sid­ered a wor­ry­ing sign for big cat con­ser­va­tion, the coun­try has wit­nessed the high­est num­ber of tiger deaths this year since 2010. Ac­cord­ing to data re­leased by Tiger­net, an of­fi­cial data­base of the Na­tional Tiger Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity, 76 tiger deaths were re­ported be­tween Jan­uary and Oc­to­ber this year. Of this, 41 deaths are still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated. Mad­hya Pradesh, fol­lowed by Kar­nataka, re­ported the max­i­mum num­ber of big cat deaths dur­ing this pe­riod. The high mor­tal­ity rate in­di­cates in­creased poach­ing. Poi­son­ing, road ac­ci­dents and elim­i­na­tion by au­thor­i­ties are also to be blamed.

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The num­ber of child deaths due to pneu­mo­nia and di­ar­rhoea each year in the world

Source: One is Too Many: End­ing Child Deaths from Pneu­mo­nia and Di­ar­rhoea by Unicef

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