Your Environment This Week: Golden langur, fishy airport luggage, Ganga’s wait continues

Blue sheep or Bharal in Gangotri National Park, Uttarakhand. Photo by Nilanjan Chatterjee.

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

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Golden langurs cling to splintered forests and fringe villages in Assam

Gee’s golden langurs are one of the world’s most endangered primates. Much of their population in Assam occurs in fragmented forests, making them extremely vulnerable.

Excess Baggage: How wildlife is trafficked by air in and out of India

Wildlife trade poses the second-biggest direct threat to the survival of species after habitat destruction.

Human presence disturbs prey activity, shows study

Human use of habitats impact prey species, showed a study highlighting the difference in activity by the same species in two different protected areas – Kaziranga and Manas.

Livestock grazing drives blue sheep in the Himalayas to sub-optimal areas

The presence of pastoralists and livestock in Himalayan valleys pushes blue sheep into sub-optimal foraging habitat.

Water sustainability leads to better income for Jharkhand farmers

The state government and non-profits started watershed management in Gumla and Simdega districts of Jharkhand, by excavating trenches along the hill slopes in 2012.

With boiler blast, the Neyveli power station becomes a fiery grave

With an emphasis on cutting costs, the plant reportedly used inadequately trained manpower for the maintenance operations.

Ganga’s wait for a cleaner tomorrow continues …

Six years have passed since the National Democratic Alliance government launched the Rs 200 billion Namami Gange programme to clean river Ganga.

Elephant-human associations in perspective [commentary]

80% of elephant distribution in India is outside protected areas. The high cultural acceptance and veneration towards elephants have enabled space sharing despite high losses on either side, writes researcher Aritra Kshettry.

Lessons on coexistence with the environment from two tribal districts in Odisha

In the primarily tribal districts of Rayagada and Koraput in Odisha, local people who have lived in coexistence with the environment, are witness to depleting biodiversity.

Wrong values, not technical lapses to blame for industrial mishaps [commentary]

Replacing regular workers with contract workers in sensitive industrial operations is a recipe for disaster, argues Nityanand Jayaraman, a Chennai-based social activist.

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