There used to be nine subspecies of tiger, but three are now extinct.
The final Bali tiger is thought to have been seen back in 1937, the last-remaining Caspian tiger was found in the 1950s, and the Javan tiger went extinct sometime in the ‘80s. The six subspecies that have survived include: the Bengal tiger, the Indochinese tiger, the Malayan tiger, the Sumatran tiger, the Siberian tiger, and the South China tiger. Between 1998 and 2000, nearly 20% of the Sumatran tiger population was killed! The South China subspecies is also listed among the 10 most endangered animals in the world. Interestingly, the Siberian tiger has recently been discovered as genetically identical with the extinct Caspian variety, meaning that human intervention over the past century is the only reason we ever thought they were different! (source)
PHILIPPINES—So I went out to grab a hot cup of coffee at a nearby Starbucks and saw a new sign near the cashier saying “Smoking inside and outside the facility is not allowed”. That made my day. Not only will people live healthier now but the environment can benefit a lot from this new law.
Section five of the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 (Republic Act 9211) clearly states that carrying of any lighted tobacco product in public vehicles, schools, health centers, elevators, cinemas, malls and in places where fire hazards are present is punishable by law — let’s say a good 500-1500PHP on your first offense or a couple of hours of community service, and the rate doubles when you’re brave enough to get caught again. Smoking is also banned in facilities where minors are present.
I asked a barista at Starbucks if the sales were stable, sad to say it wasn’t. The number of people who usually go to the facility during the morning and evening have now decreased, but i was pretty proud of Starbucks holding their ground. It goes to show that there are people out there who still care.
I once engaged in that disgusting habit but now that it’s been a while since I had my last, I don’t intend to light another one up. I now live a healthier life and my body’s in great condition. So why go back to something that’ll shorten my blissful stay here?
SAN FRANCISCO – The Philippines took center stage at the California Academy of Sciences last Thursday, as scientist unveiled more than 300 species discovered in the archipelago during their recent exhibition.
Dr. Meg Burke, director of education at the California Academy of Sciences, said that all the scientists and educators were excited about the new discoveries.
"We saw animals and plants that nobody else have ever studied before. Nobody had given them a name. It’s a thrill of discovery," said Burke.
For seven weeks, more than 30 scientists from the California Academy of Sciences and more than 2 dozen colleagues from the Philippines conducted the most comprehensive scientific survey effort ever done in the country – documenting both terrestrial and marine life forms.
Dozens of new insects and spiders, deep-sea armored corals, ornate sea pens, bizarre new sea urchins and sea stars, a shrimp-eating swell shark and over 50 colorful new sea slugs were discovered.
These new discoveries will be confirmed and described in the next few months.
"The Philippines is one of the most diverse areas in the world. Biologists did not know that until we discovered the triangle between Indonesia, Philippines and New Guinea — that is the most diverse biological region in the world," said curator Gary Williams.
Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim also graced the exhibit.
"The event has attracted so many people," Lim said. He added that there were around 2,000 guests looking at the new species discovered in the Philippines.
"What better way to attract possible tourists in the Philippines?" he added.
For some Filipino-Americans, the exhibit was an eye-opening experience.
"It does help to have a better idea or concept of what makes us, us," said Dingding Salgado.
This expedition to the Philippines means more than just discovering the beauty and richness of the country. It is a call to protect the environment, not just for this generation, but for generations to come.