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Tamil Nadu reservoirs swell as heavy rainfall lash Western Ghats

Tenkasi district bordering the Western Ghats recorded incessant rainfall this year after the onset of southwest monsoon.
Courtallam waterfall in Tenkasi witnesses heavy footfall after heavy rains enhanced the natural beauty of the tourist spot. (PTI)
Courtallam waterfall in Tenkasi witnesses heavy footfall after heavy rains enhanced the natural beauty of the tourist spot. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 25, 2021 04:28 PM IST
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Pune cops carry injured woman on makeshift stretcher to hospital 4 km away

The woman is now recuperating at a government hospital in Pune and is reported to be in a stable condition, officials said on Thursday.
A team of four-five policemen rushed there and carried the woman on a makeshift stretcher made of saree and bamboo sticks in the hilly section. (File Photo)
A team of four-five policemen rushed there and carried the woman on a makeshift stretcher made of saree and bamboo sticks in the hilly section. (File Photo)
Published on Jun 03, 2021 06:28 PM IST
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Forest clearance given to contentious Goa railway project through Western Ghats

  • The forest clearance is the latest in a long line of clearances that have been granted for the project
The Western Ghats mountain range covers an area of 140,000 square km along India’s western coast across Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat.(HT PHOTO)
The Western Ghats mountain range covers an area of 140,000 square km along India’s western coast across Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat.(HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 28, 2021 10:26 AM IST
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ByGerard de Souza

Conservation outlook of Western Ghats grim, says new IUCN report

The IUCN World Heritage Outlook 3, published last week, builds on previous reports from 2014 and 2017 to track whether the conservation of the worlds 252 natural world heritage sites is sufficient to protect them in the long term.
According to IUCN 2020 report, the conservation outlook of the mountain chain of the Western Ghats, one of the worlds eight hottest hot spots of biological diversity, is of significant concern. Representational image.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
According to IUCN 2020 report, the conservation outlook of the mountain chain of the Western Ghats, one of the worlds eight hottest hot spots of biological diversity, is of significant concern. Representational image.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Dec 06, 2020 05:47 PM IST
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Kochi | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C

‘Kerala hasn’t learnt’: Ecologists react to tunnel project in Western Ghats

Kerala CM has said that this project will not be allowed to be stalled due to environmental concerns.
The tunnel project passes through an eco-sensitive area and experts have advised against it.(HT Photo/Vivek)
The tunnel project passes through an eco-sensitive area and experts have advised against it.(HT Photo/Vivek)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 04:50 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | ByRamesh Babu | Edited by Abhinav Sahay

Ecologists ask Javadekar to stop rail line across Western Ghats

The SBWL approval was granted after the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL), under the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), started reviewing the rail project and asked about the reasons behind the inordinate delay in implementing it, documents suggest.
The proposed rail track will pass through a wildlife corridor between Bedthi Conservation Reserve (BCR) and Kali Tiger Reserve (KTR), a natural habitat for many species, including tigers and elephants.(HT photo/ Ramki Sreenivasan)
The proposed rail track will pass through a wildlife corridor between Bedthi Conservation Reserve (BCR) and Kali Tiger Reserve (KTR), a natural habitat for many species, including tigers and elephants.(HT photo/ Ramki Sreenivasan)
Updated on Jul 09, 2020 09:48 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

Girl from Nilgiri leads petition to ‘protect’ Western Ghats, Centre, states served notice

The petition says 50 million people are directly dependent on the Western Ghats and its ecology, and another 200 million are indirectly dependent.
The Western Ghats are recognised among the world’s eight biodiversity hotspots.(AFP Photo)
The Western Ghats are recognised among the world’s eight biodiversity hotspots.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Jun 19, 2020 12:04 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Panaji | ByGerard de Souza | Edited by Abhinav Sahay

Agumbe is a wonderland in the Western Ghats

Sign up as a volunteer with the ARRS’s king cobra research programme for the ultimate immersive experience through the Western Ghats.
At Agumbe, follow one snake through the forest, and you end up seeing the jungle in a whole new way, discovering new species and habitats.(ALLAN SUTHERLAND)
At Agumbe, follow one snake through the forest, and you end up seeing the jungle in a whole new way, discovering new species and habitats.(ALLAN SUTHERLAND)
Updated on Feb 05, 2020 01:34 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByNatasha Rego

Water management: Not just the government’s job

The decision to focus on building community-managed decentralised water supply systems in rural areas is a welcome move
People wait for their turn to fill empty containers, June 12, 2019(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
People wait for their turn to fill empty containers, June 12, 2019(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 05, 2020 07:45 PM IST
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Western Ghats stay vulnerable to natural disasters: Experts

A book titled Observed Climate Variability and Change over the Indian Region (2017) is based on the data from 9,294 weather stations from 1901-2010 and shows how climate change is impacting the country.
Western Ghats are vulnerable to environmental disasters(HT Photo (Representative image))
Western Ghats are vulnerable to environmental disasters(HT Photo (Representative image))
Updated on Aug 26, 2019 01:00 AM IST
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Kavalappara, Kerala | ByJayashree Nandi

Climate change takes a toll on Western Ghats

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.
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)
Updated on Aug 23, 2019 07:55 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kavalappara, Mallapuram | ByJayashree Nandi

Found: New frog in old hot spot

A thumbnail-sized star-speckled frog species with several features resembling frogs found in South America and Central Africa discovered in the Western Ghats in Wayanad, Kerala, is a unique addition to a series of frog species unearthed in the biodiversity hot spot.
The toe-tip of this frog is triangular like some frogs found in South America.(KP Dinesh, ZSI)
The toe-tip of this frog is triangular like some frogs found in South America.(KP Dinesh, ZSI)
Published on Mar 13, 2019 05:01 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Mumbai | ByAnonna Dutt and Snehal Fernandes

No special tag for Maharashtra’s tiger corridor, danger of mining lurks around

The Union environment ministry, in a draft notification released on October 3, proposed the declaration of 56,825 sqkm or 37% of the Western Ghats as ESA, but left out the 38kmx10km forests of Dodamarg-Sawantwadi belt in Maharashtra’s Sindhudurg district in the classification
Updated on Oct 22, 2018 04:27 PM IST
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Karnataka rejects Centre’s plan to declare western ghats eco-sensitive area

The declaration of Western Ghats as eco-sensitive area has assumed significance because of the massive Kerala floods in July.
Karnataka says it will not accept the fresh notification as ‘it will have an adverse effect on state’s economy’.(AFP File Photo)
Karnataka says it will not accept the fresh notification as ‘it will have an adverse effect on state’s economy’.(AFP File Photo)
Published on Sep 22, 2018 07:07 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByJayashree Nandi

Killer fungal infection detected in 2 endangered amphibians in Western Ghats

Fungal pathogen in large concentration can cause chytridiomycosis, a skin disease that can turn lethal for the amphibians
Critically endangered Amboli toad is endemic to Western Ghats.(Lewis Davies/University of Plymouth)
Critically endangered Amboli toad is endemic to Western Ghats.(Lewis Davies/University of Plymouth)
Updated on Jun 14, 2018 11:46 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySnehal Fernandes, Mumbai

Deforestation in Western Ghats reducing rain in Tamil Nadu, other southern states: Study

The study ‘Moisture supply from the Western Ghats to water deficit east coast of India’ was published in Geophysical Research Letters journal on Friday
Researchers stressed the need to enforce strict laws to stop deforestation, but will also maintain the water cycle over semi-arid parts in southern states.(Representative image/Shutterstock)
Researchers stressed the need to enforce strict laws to stop deforestation, but will also maintain the water cycle over semi-arid parts in southern states.(Representative image/Shutterstock)
Updated on May 05, 2018 01:45 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By, Mumbai

Wake up call: Indian forests, mangroves turning brown from green

55,02,860 hectare of forests which includes core forests have turned brown
India’s forest cover measures 7,08,27,300 hectare.(File photo)
India’s forest cover measures 7,08,27,300 hectare.(File photo)
Published on Apr 05, 2018 09:51 AM IST
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