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.

Western Ghats zone holds world's single-largest tiger population
Western Ghats zone holds world's single-largest tiger population

A single ecological continuum spread across three states of India in the biodiversity rich Western Ghats region holds the world's single-largest tiger population, according to a government report.

Pollution threatens Western Ghats' freshwater ecosystems: Study
Pollution threatens Western Ghats' freshwater ecosystems: Study

Diverse freshwater ecosystems of the Western Ghats and a large variety of species they contain face the "highest level of threat" due to pollution and mining in the world's most heavily populated biodiversity hotspot, according to a study.

Maoist activities in Kerala on rise

An alarming increase in the activity of Naxals has been detected by security agencies recently in Kerala where the Left Wing Extremists have started perpetrating violent acts by espousing the cause of tribals.

As pilgrims throng, collections go up in Sabarimala temple

As the festival season at Kerala's Sabarimala temple crossed the halfway mark, the total collections have gone up by Rs 14 crore to Rs 141 crore as compared to the peak festival season last year, according to temple authorities.

Oommen Chandy had a whale of a time in 2014

Just as 2014 began when Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy saw the withering away of the Left-sponsored protest against what is known as the Solar scam, the year is coming to a close with a morale-boosting victory over his state party president VM Sudheeran when the liquor policy was tweaked.

Indian scientists discover 9 new species of `thumbnail size frogs` in Western Ghats
Indian scientists discover 9 new species of `thumbnail size frogs` in Western Ghats

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New Delhi: In an exciting find, scientists at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have discovered as many as nine new species of frogs as small as a thumbnail in the Western Ghats.

Forest Owlet sighted in Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary
Forest Owlet sighted in Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary

The critically endangered Forest Owlet, which was till now considered to be endemic to the Satpuda mountain ranges in central India, has now been spotted in Western Ghats by naturalists associated with the BNHS here.

Forest Owlet spotted in central India mountains

The critically endangered Forest Owlet, which was till now considered to be endemic to the Satpuda mountain ranges in central India, has now been spotted in Western Ghats by naturalists.

Sabarimala festival season begins on a high

Five days after the famed Sabarimala temple opened this season, collections recorded have gone up by 22 percent as compared with the same period last year, according to temple authorities.

Sabarimala season to get five million pilgrims

Nearly five million pilgrims are expected to visit the revered Ayyappa temple here when it opens Monday for a two-month pilgrimage season, officials said.