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Five new shrub frog species have been discovered in the Western Ghats as part of a decade long study
India

Five new shrub frog species have been discovered in the Western Ghats as part of a decade long study

Scientists are looking for evidence for the population decline and is there are any threats, in order to protect them from extinction.

Remembering Sugathakumari, the Malayalam poet who became the face of environmental activism in Kerala
Arts & Culture

Remembering Sugathakumari, the Malayalam poet who became the face of environmental activism in Kerala

Till Sugathakumari died, the poet-activist remained a guardian angel of Kerala’s forests, rivers, mountains, coastal regions, wildlife, and precious natural resources.

Pandemics tied to fragmented forests, biodiversity loss? What science says, and India's response
India

Pandemics tied to fragmented forests, biodiversity loss? What science says, and India's response

Experts warn loss of ecology will lead to more pandemics, India uses lockdown to dilute environmental laws.

The Zai Whitaker column | Remembering Bob and Tanya, saviours of the Western Ghats' sky islands
Lifestyle

The Zai Whitaker column | Remembering Bob and Tanya, saviours of the Western Ghats' sky islands

The Palani Hills bug bit Bob Stewart and Tanya Balcar, two young British backpackers who were travelling through southern India in 1985.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Monkey fever epidemic in Shivamogga district opens up two battlefronts for Karnataka
India

Coronavirus Outbreak: Monkey fever epidemic in Shivamogga district opens up two battlefronts for Karnataka

KFD Virus spreads primarily through forest ticks which are most active between November till the first weeks of monsoons.

A bird festival in Gujarat's Dang forests raises awareness about biodiversity in Western Ghats
long-reads

A bird festival in Gujarat's Dang forests raises awareness about biodiversity in Western Ghats

Dang forests form the northern end of the Western Ghats, a biodiversity hotspot. Among the Western Ghats endemic species, sightings of Malabar trogon, Malabar whistling thrush and white-bellied woodpecker were most noteworthy said the organisers.

Of sundews, strangler fig and elephant foot yam: Nirupa Rao's Hidden Kingdom is an ode to flora of Western Ghats
Life

Of sundews, strangler fig and elephant foot yam: Nirupa Rao's Hidden Kingdom is an ode to flora of Western Ghats

In Hidden Kingdom, the unusual plants of the Western Ghats are demystified and allowed the space they need to be understood in their singularity, Urvashi Bahuguna writes in a new column about environmental literature, #PagesFromTheWild

Wayanad's agrarian and tourism prospects increasingly threatened by climate change
long-reads

Wayanad's agrarian and tourism prospects increasingly threatened by climate change

A hill district on the Western Ghat known for tourism and large scale cash crop production, Wayanad in Kerala is one of the major places of south India where the impacts of climate change and global warming are acutely felt.

India needs to stop deforesting its mountains if it wants to start fighting floods
science

India needs to stop deforesting its mountains if it wants to start fighting floods

They are an annual nightmare in many parts, areas that were not considered a risk, are flood-prone,

Adivasis and the Indian State: Coffee plantations and reserved forests in Karnataka have stripped Jenu Kurubas of land, forest rights
India

Adivasis and the Indian State: Coffee plantations and reserved forests in Karnataka have stripped Jenu Kurubas of land, forest rights

Jenu Kurubas were listed as a primitive tribe by the state government. Now, they are listed as a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG).

It is the ice from the western ghats that keep the shola grasslands intact
science

It is the ice from the western ghats that keep the shola grasslands intact

Ecologists have debated why extremely different habitats, grasslands and forests, co-exist in same climatic conditions.

Is climate change the only reason for flooding taking place in the Western Ghats
science

Is climate change the only reason for flooding taking place in the Western Ghats

The Western Ghats, older than the Himalayas, stabilised after going through many climatic variations since its formation.

Voice of a Sentient Highland book review: Godwin Vasanth Bosco provides a much-needed voice for the Nilgiris
Life

Voice of a Sentient Highland book review: Godwin Vasanth Bosco provides a much-needed voice for the Nilgiris

Book review: Voice of a Sentient Highland by Godwin Vasanth Bosco is a comprehensive treatise on the plant ecology of the Nilgiris that also delineates the myriad ecological issues in the Nilgiris and highlights the resilience the ecosystem shows.

Anticancer mushrooms: MU Professor wins patent for anticancer compound from fungi
science

Anticancer mushrooms: MU Professor wins patent for anticancer compound from fungi

The mushroom grows natively in Kolli Hills in the Eastern Ghats & Kanyakumari forests in the Western Ghats.

Report on Kerala floods recommends disallowing high-rises on steep slopes of Western Ghats, highlights lapses
India

Report on Kerala floods recommends disallowing high-rises on steep slopes of Western Ghats, highlights lapses

The report on the Kerala floods says the present development plan, with scant regard to the fragility of the environment, needs restructuring to withstand the frequent onslaught of disasters, especially in the light of climate change.

In flood-affected Sabarimala, SC verdict on women's entry adds to rebuilding woes, risk of stampede
India

In flood-affected Sabarimala, SC verdict on women's entry adds to rebuilding woes, risk of stampede

While the infrastructure damaged during floods in Sabarimala are not expected to be revived before the commencement of the annual pilgrimage season, SC verdict has left the government with the daunting task of creating additional facilities for women within 50 days

Kerala, After The Flood: 2018 deluge less intense than 1924; illegal quarrying, deforestation worsened situation
India

Kerala, After The Flood: 2018 deluge less intense than 1924; illegal quarrying, deforestation worsened situation

Kerala's once-in-a-lifetime rainfall was 2,378 mm over 88 days, four times more than normal – but 30 percent less and spread over 61 days more than the deluge of 1924

Kerala floods and their far-reaching impact: Nature offers small reminders when its limits are crossed by man
India

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.

NASA video shows Kerala floods intensified by heavy clouds over Western Ghats
science

NASA video shows Kerala floods intensified by heavy clouds over Western Ghats

Also contributing to the heavy rain along the southwest coast is the Western Ghats

Landslips or rains did not have major impact on wildlife in Kerala, says top forest official
India

Landslips or rains did not have major impact on wildlife in Kerala, says top forest official

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests P K Kesavan said that landslips and heavy rains unleashed in Kerala forests which caused flooding in many areas did not have any major impact on its precious wildlife including elephants, tigers and leopards.