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The Union government, on August 5, declared the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary as an eco-sensitive zone.(PTI (Representative image))

Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary declared as eco-sensitive zone

Pune | By Nadeem Inamdar
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 04:51 PM IST
According to Madhav Gadgil, prominent ecologist, the notification will ensure that no construction activity will take place in the wildlife surrounding and will help in maintaining the natural biosphere and ecosystem of the area intact.
A granite quarry in Mallapuram.
A granite quarry in Mallapuram.

Kerala still undecided on eco-sensitive zone status

Hindustan Times, Kavalappara (Mallapuram) | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2019 12:10 AM IST
The Western Ghats are a mountain range that covers an area of 140,000 sq km spread across six states including Kerala, and runs parallel to India’s western coast.
Experts say soil erosion and quarrying have affected the ‘ecologically sensitive’ hills of Western Ghats. (HT photo)
Experts say soil erosion and quarrying have affected the ‘ecologically sensitive’ hills of Western Ghats. (HT photo)

Climate change takes a toll on Western Ghats

Hindustan Times, Kavalappara, Mallapuram | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2019 07:55 AM IST
In Puthumala in Wayanad, another hamlet has been wiped out as a hillside has almost melted away, bringing down everything in its path: homes, people, tea estates.
During the peak of floods, some areas such as Nilambur and Meppadi had received 30 cms of rain in a day, said weathermen.(HT image)
During the peak of floods, some areas such as Nilambur and Meppadi had received 30 cms of rain in a day, said weathermen.(HT image)

Rain fury abates, Kerala toll reaches 110

Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2019 06:44 AM IST
Heavy rain and landslides had wreaked havoc in many parts of the state, especially north Kerala for the past one week leaving a trail of death and destruction.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi interacts with army personnel involved in rescue and relief operations in the flood-affected areas in Wayanad district.(PTI PHOTO.)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi interacts with army personnel involved in rescue and relief operations in the flood-affected areas in Wayanad district.(PTI PHOTO.)

Rain fury abates: Rahul Gandhi rushes aid to flood-hit Wayanad as death toll rises to 110

Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2019 01:30 AM IST
Party leaders said the fresh consignment had 50,000 kgs of rice and other essentials like sugar, salt and different varieties of pulses. Besides food, the consignment also carried bed sheets, blankets and mats for the flood-hit people.
Eminent ecologist Madhav Gadgil has blamed “mismanagement” in the release of water from major dams such as Koyna, Warna and Radhanagari in western Maharashtra for widespread floods in Sangli and Kolhapur districts.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
Eminent ecologist Madhav Gadgil has blamed “mismanagement” in the release of water from major dams such as Koyna, Warna and Radhanagari in western Maharashtra for widespread floods in Sangli and Kolhapur districts.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

‘Could have avoided Maharashtra floods’: Madhav Gadgil

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Parth Welankar
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2019 02:59 AM IST
If there was a judicious release of water from the dams, the current situation could have been avoided or at least the intensity of it could have been reduced significantly, Madhav Gadgil said.
Eminent ecologist Madhav Gadgil has blamed “mismanagement” in the release of water from major dams such as Koyna, Warna and Radhanagari in western Maharashtra for widespread floods in Sangli and Kolhapur districts.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
Eminent ecologist Madhav Gadgil has blamed “mismanagement” in the release of water from major dams such as Koyna, Warna and Radhanagari in western Maharashtra for widespread floods in Sangli and Kolhapur districts.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

‘Mismanagement in release of water responsible for floods’: Madhav Gadgil

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Parth Welankar
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2019 02:58 AM IST
The release of water from the nearby dams was done in an uncalculated manner which resulted into huge cusecs of water being released from the dams, said Madhav Gadgil.
Despite the report of respected scientist Madhav Gadgil, these essential forests were systematically violated and interest groups successfully lobbied for their further clearing for agriculture and even, real estate.(Corbis via Getty Images)
Despite the report of respected scientist Madhav Gadgil, these essential forests were systematically violated and interest groups successfully lobbied for their further clearing for agriculture and even, real estate.(Corbis via Getty Images)

Kerala blunder being repeated in Haryana

New Delhi | By Bharati Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2019 11:52 PM IST
Kerala’s unforgivable error is being repeated in Haryana, where the government is amending the Punjab Land Preservation Act, excluding a chunk of the Aravallis from protection, making it available for real estate and similar development.
Picture for representation only.(HT Photo)
Picture for representation only.(HT Photo)

Maharashtra village in green zone? Activists won’t let it slip by

Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2018 12:28 AM IST
The Union environment ministry’s draft notification for the Western Ghats released on October 3 has marked Vilye, one of the 14 villages in Rajapur taluka in Ratnagiri that are affected by the project, as ESA.
The first lesson of the Kerala floods, therefore, is this; earthquakes and floods do not recognise distinctions invented by crafty humans to divide, and to rule(AFP)
The first lesson of the Kerala floods, therefore, is this; earthquakes and floods do not recognise distinctions invented by crafty humans to divide, and to rule(AFP)

Lessons India must learn from the Kerala disaster

PUBLISHED ON SEP 08, 2018 05:30 PM IST
If Kerala wishes to heed this second lesson, then the person they must listen to more attentively is the scientist I first went to that state with. Madhav Gadgil left the prospect of a dazzling career in the Western academy to join the Indian Institute of Science, where he established a Centre for Ecological Sciences. Through his own books and essays, and through the students he has nurtured and inspired, he has worked ceaselessly for ecological responsibility.
Flood victims unload food and relief material from an Indian Air force helicopter at Nelliyampathy Village, Kerala, August 21, 2018.(REUTERS)
Flood victims unload food and relief material from an Indian Air force helicopter at Nelliyampathy Village, Kerala, August 21, 2018.(REUTERS)

Why the Navi Mumbai airport could go the Kochi way

By Darryl D’Monte
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2018 02:38 PM IST
The Maharashtra government is building the Navi Mumbai airport by razing hills to the ground and raising the height of runways by 5.5 metres, since these are on floodplains
Kerala and Tamil Nadu fire force personnel transport children and elderly people in a dinghy through flood waters during a rescue operation in Annamanada village of Kerala.(AFP Photo)
Kerala and Tamil Nadu fire force personnel transport children and elderly people in a dinghy through flood waters during a rescue operation in Annamanada village of Kerala.(AFP Photo)

Goa faces a similar catastrophe as Kerala, warns ecologist Madhav Gadgil

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON AUG 19, 2018 05:51 PM IST
Madhav Gadgil has accused the Centre of trying to short-circuit the National Green Tribunal even as he flagged Goa’s rampant illegal mining.
Ecologist and founder of the Centre for Ecological Sciences Madhav Gadgil.(HT File Photo)
Ecologist and founder of the Centre for Ecological Sciences Madhav Gadgil.(HT File Photo)

Illegal forest land acquisition behind Kerala floods, says ecologist Madhav Gadgil

Hindustan Times, Pune | By HT Correspondent, Pune
UPDATED ON AUG 19, 2018 12:07 AM IST
The ecologist said extensive stone quarrying and mushrooming of high-rises as part of tourism, and illegal forest land acquisition by private parties are the major reasons for the recent floods in the state.
The long solid lock of all her hair weighed heavy on her head for 13 years.(HT Photo)
The long solid lock of all her hair weighed heavy on her head for 13 years.(HT Photo)

50-year-old Pune woman agrees to cut off 4.5 feet-long dreadlock

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Shalaka Shinde
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2018 04:24 PM IST
It was only after Nandini Jadhav, Pune head of Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (ANS), approached Kendale and convinced her to get rid of the dreadlock.
Mutha river.(HT File Photo)
Mutha river.(HT File Photo)

Experts flush out India’s ‘sewage’ rivers

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Prachi Bari
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2018 04:07 PM IST
Dialogue on Urban rivers of Maharashtra underlines that what’s needed is national urban water policy.
Madhav Gadgil is an Indian ecologist, academic, writer, and founder of the Centre for Ecological Sciences, a research forum under the aegis of the Indian Institute of Science.(HT PHOTO)
Madhav Gadgil is an Indian ecologist, academic, writer, and founder of the Centre for Ecological Sciences, a research forum under the aegis of the Indian Institute of Science.(HT PHOTO)

Madhav Gadgil on why tree census must be a government exercise and not a private one

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Prachi Bari
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2018 02:59 PM IST
Madhav Gadgil explains the ongoing tree census 2016-2018 and the threats to Pune’s green cover.
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