Your Environment This Week: The elephant doctor, scrap to art, green economics in policy

This week’s environment and conservation news stories rolled into one.

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Politics over population worsening human-animal conflict in Assam

Elephant doctor” K.K. Sarma, a veterinarian from Assam, has been honoured with the Padma Shri for his outstanding service to elephants for over 30 years.

Shifting cultivation most extensive land use in West Garo Hills: study

A study on shifting cultivation in Meghalaya’s West Garo Hills contradicts government reports, that show the landscape as primarily forested with only small fractions under shifting cultivation.

Villagers in Bengal tap into palm sap to boost livelihoods

Villagers in Bankura district of Bengal are earning their livelihood by collecting sap and running processing units for making jaggery and other items.

Lion-tailed and bonnet macaques need different conservation plans, says expert

A primatologist reviews 40 years of research on the forest-dwelling Lion-tailed macaque and the Bonnet macaque, a monkey that prefers living around humans.

Green economics is robust enough for policy makers to assess impact of their decisions: Pavan Sukhdev

Indian environmental economist Pavan Sukhdev has been selected for the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement 2020 for his work on initiating and completing The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB).

Metal scraps get a new lease of life in art

A growing number of Indian artists are turning to metal scraps to create art wonder. Artists believe that their work influences the culture of reuse and recycle, without sermonising.

Indian government proposes a 10-year plan to protect birds

The draft plan proposes steps to protect migratory birds, conserve wetlands and focus on birds in urban areas.

Vanishing landscape of ‘smart city’ Dehradun

The land of rivers and rivulets is struggling on many fronts. The rivers have turned into drains of garbage and filth in the absence of an efficient waste management system.

Indian cobra genome sequence can pave the way for new antivenoms

Scientists have recently sequenced the Indian Cobra’s genome, an important first step in searching for designing effective antivenoms.

Nearly 30 times more solar power needed to transition coal jobs, says study

India would need to install about 1,000 gigawatts of solar power, about 30 times higher than its present solar power, to transition about 500,000 people involved in coal mining.

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