$12 million to help Bengal tigers survive global warming — in Bangladesh

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Politics,Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets,Environment,Climate Change

Stymied in its war on global warming in the United States, the administration is taking its fight overseas and into Bangladeshi jungles to help the Bengal tiger survive the effects of climate change.

While the most numerous of all tigers, there are only about 2,500 left in the wild and 440 in Bangladesh, where the U.S. Agency for International Development is shopping around a four-year, $10.8 million to $12 million grant to help establish the "Bengal Tiger Conservation Activity."

According to the grant explanation, the goal is to improve the habitats and environments of the black-striped cats. The program's "approach will be to protect and improve key tiger habitats," said the grant synopsis.

"Healthy, improved ecosystems will provide diversified sustainable livelihoods to communities and better shelter Bangladesh's vulnerable population from tropical cyclones and other negative impacts of climate change," added the synopsis. "Intact forests and wetlands will also sequester CO2 and other greenhouse gases to mitigate the effects of climate change."