Green body raises concern over forest fires in Western Ghats

Green body raises concern over forest fires in Western Ghats

The forest fires that started from January this year have raised suspicions of illegal activities in certain areas, Holla said.

Western Ghats home to rare sand-eating tadpoles

Western Ghats home to rare sand-eating tadpoles

These tadpoles, which they claim have ribs, live in absolute darkness, maybe till the time they develop into young frogs.

Lawyer fighting for women devotees at Sabarimala temple in Kerala gets 500 threat calls

Lawyer fighting for women devotees at Sabarimala temple in Kerala gets 500 threat calls

Naushad Ahmed Khan, the lawyer who is seeking entry for all women and girls in the Sabarimala temple in Kerala, has received 500 threatening phone calls.

'Karnataka has signifcant role in realising INDCs'

As a progressive state, Karnataka has a significant role to play in achieving the targets envisaged under India’s Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), a group of leading scientists and researchers said Wednesday.

Tamil Nadu: Toll increases to 120; more rains forecast for Saturday

Heavy vehicles factory in Avadi (Tiruvallore) received 12 cm while Poondi and Ponnamanalle in the same district registered 10 cm each.

Consumption practice of tribes pose threat to endangered frog

Indian Purple Frog, an endemic and endangered amphibian found exclusively in the biodiversity hotspot of Western Ghats, is facing extinction threats due to the consumption of tadpoles by local tribes.

Organized inter-state gangs behind killings of elephants

Organized inter-state gangs behind killings of elephants

Expressing concern over the recent spate of poaching of elephants in southern India, a global wildlife monitoring network has said organised inter-state poaching gangs were behind the killings of tuskers in the forests of Western Ghats.

Deforestation serious threat to bats in India

With increasing human population and rise in agricultural land use in India's Western Ghats, a number of bat species are findings it difficult to adjust with the changed landscape brought about by deforestation, says a new study.

Give top priority to restoration of Shola forests: Madras High Court

The Madras High Court has directed the Forest Department to give priority to the restoration of Shola Forests in the Western Ghats, Kodaikanal and Palani.

Elephants restricted to half of Karnataka's Western Ghats

Elephants restricted to half of Karnataka's Western Ghats

 The presence of elephants has shrunk to less than half of the forests in Karnataka's Western Ghats due to anthropogenic factors, a recent study shows.

Kerala to submit final views on Kasturirangan report tomorrow

The Kerala government will submit its final views on the Kasturirangan report on Western Ghats on Thursday, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here on Wednesday.

'Human disturbance limiting elephant distribution in Western Ghats'

Human disturbance is limiting elephant distribution in the Western Ghats, a new study revealed on Saturday.

Outfit asks Centre not to accept UDF govt proposal on Western Ghats

 A Hindu outfit in Kerala on Wednesday asked the Centre not to accept the Congress-led UDF government's proposal on conservation of Western Ghats, arguing that implementation of the "much-watered down" version of Kasturirangan report would destroy the ecology of the hills.

Decision on Kasturirangan panel report by August: Javadekar

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday said "misgivings" about implementation of Kasturirangan committee report on Western Ghats have to be "done away" with and a call on it will be taken by August end.

Six states to discuss conservation of Western Ghats, livelihood

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar will hold a meeting Tuesday to review the progress of physical demarcation of Ecologically Sensitive Area (ESA) in Western Ghats region and will also discuss further course of action for its protection and conservation.

New species of songbirds evolving in Western Ghats, says study

New species of songbirds evolving in Western Ghats, says study

Interspersed with "sky islands" and large valleys, the unique topography of Western Ghats is aiding evolution of new species of songbirds, a recent study shows.

Western Ghats potential stronghold for leopard cats: Study

Western Ghats potential stronghold for leopard cats: Study

Prevention of massive land-use changes due to infrastructural projects in the Western Ghats could help conserve leopard cats and other small carnivores, says a new study. It establishes the region as a potential stronghold for the leopard cat population.

Rains affect vehicular movement in Dakshina Kannada

Vehicular movement was affected in many parts of Dakshina Kannada (DK) district following heavy rains that lashed the region in the last two days.

Indian scientist finds rare plant with potential anti-cancer properties

A team of Indian scientists has discovered in the Western Ghats a rare plant which could open up possibilities for cancer treatment.

Combing operations intensified in Western Ghats

Combing operations have been intensified in Western Ghats after an Odisha-based Maoist was nabbed recently in Tenmalai forest area in Kerala, adjacent to this district, forest department officials said here on Thursday.