Flood and Fury: New book analyses how myopic industries, govts facilitated the Kerala calamity in 2018
Journalist Viju B’s new book, Flood and Fury: Ecological Devastation in the Western Ghats, is an important and engaging read weaving together data with the actual ground situation. It goes beyond news reports, images of the flood, and the destruction brought about by it, to pinpoint how nature has been wilfully wrecked by humans.
Kerala floods and their far-reaching impact: Nature offers small reminders when its limits are crossed by man
While it's true that Kerala has received unprecedented rainfall this year causing water levels to rise abnormally and dams to overflow, many are blaming the floods on man-made mistakes which have destroyed the ecological balance.
Kerala, After The Flood: Tendency to back development despite warning from ecologists creates ground for future disasters
What is important is that ecologists and environmentalists have to work in tandem with the government departments to achieve success on the ground.
Noted ecologist Madhav Gadgil has warned Goa may face the same fate as the flood-battered Kerala if it does not take precautions on the environmental front.
Drought in the Western Ghats Part 1: Urbanisation demands see hills sacrificed to whims of mining, industry lobbies
The towering Western Ghats, one of the world's largest natural areas of biodiversity, and providing magnificent green cover over south India, is under threat. And with its destruction, south India is becoming more and more parched every year
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Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will be in the national capital on 3 June with several demands including sanctioning of more Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers for the state.
Lashing out at the Congress-led UPA government, CPI(M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury on Thursday said its economic policies have imposed a burden on the people.
Parties and farmers outfits in Kerala, cutting across political divide, on Friday staged violent street protests opposing the Centre's decision to implement key suggestions of a committee on Western Ghats conservation, alleging it would lead to largescale displacement of settler farmers.
The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday said that it is no longer mandatory for the environment ministry to refer to Gadgil panel's report while deciding applications for clearance for projects in permissible areas of the western ghats.
The extremely fragile Western Ghats region is highly prone to natural calamities and chances of an Uttarakhand-like tragedy in the region cannot be ruled out if scientific conservation initiatives are not being implemented at the earliest, says a leading environmentalist.
Environmentalist Madhav Gadgil, who headed a committee that authored a study on the Western Ghats, Friday criticised the decision of the union ministry of environment and forests to create "ecologically sensitive areas" in the area.
Concerned over the difficulties that implementation of the Kasturirangan report on protection of the Western Ghats would pose to Kerala, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has called an all-party meet on 21 October to work out a political consensus on the issue.
Ecologist Madhav Gadgil has picked holes in former ISRO head K Kasturirangan's high-level working group (HLWG) report on the environmentally sensitive Western Ghats, saying it endorses "exploitation" of the region's natural resources.
A crucial report on Western Ghats prepared by K Kasturirangan-led high-level working group (HLWG) has recommended prohibition on development activities in 60,000 sq km ecologically sensitive area spread over Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.