Western Ghats

  • Was the Pune landslide tragedy a man made disaster? August 1, 2014

    Pune: Could the massive landslide in Ambegaon in Pune have been averted? Some unheeded alarm bells raised in 2011 by a panel of experts could hold answers to whether the tragedy was a natural calamity or a manmade disaster. The Madhav Gadgil Committee's report on the ecologically sensitive Western Ghats had...
  • Western Ghats may demand a new state if river diversion happens in Karnataka, warn seers July 3, 2014

    Shimoga: Some powerful pontiffs of Hindu mutts have warned both State and Centre that the people of Western Ghats will be forced to demand a separate state if the government goes ahead with the controversial diversion of west flowing rivers in Karnataka to the East. Seer Jayendra Saraswathi of ancient...
  • Watch: Newly discovered 'dancing' frogs in Western Ghats are now a global sensation, but they could be extinct soon May 10, 2014

    Scientists have discovered 14 new species of dancing frogs that could soon become extinct dur to climate change from the mountains of south India. The frogs stretch their legs in an unusually graceful fashion to attract their mates. The frogs were discovered in the Western Ghats. The study was published in...
  • Kerala CM wants Centre to accept its proposal on Western Ghat report March 4, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Tuesday told the Centre it will have to implement his government's recommendations on Kasturirangan report on the Western Ghats. Chandy said that the human inhabitation areas, agriculture land and plantation areas will have to be avoided in the area which the Centre wants to...
  • Western Ghats report may spoil the chances of Congress March 3, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The implementation of Dr K Kasturirangan committee report aimed at preserving the Western Ghats will have its implications in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections with the Congress expected to be the worst sufferer. The hunger strike by the Western Ghats people protection committee has entered the sixth day with...
  • MoEF allows agriculture, plantation activities along Western Ghats December 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Under pressure from states like Kerala, Environment Ministry on Friday allowed agriculture and plantation activities along the Western Ghats which had been banned through the implementation of an earlier order issued last month. The Ministry eased the norms while maintaining that ban on activities including red category industries, mining,...
  • Kerala: Western Ghats report leads to LDFUDF battle November 18, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: Eminent Space Scientist Dr K Kasturirangan headed panel's recommendations on the protection of the Western Ghats has led to a pitched battle between the Congressled ruling UDF and the CPMled opposition LDF. In an election year, the LDF is trying to exploit the situation for it s advantage. The CPI(M)led...
  • Kerala villagers join LDF's strike on Centre's stand on Western Ghats November 18, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: The opposition LDF has called for a statewide strike protesting against the central government's move to implement the Dr. K Kasturirangan report on Western Ghats. The strike has been peaceful so far. In the hilly areas of Idukki, the people also began a strike by staying on the roads. ...
  • No question of implementing Kasturirangan report in haste:Chandy November 16, 2013

    Kozhikode: With the Centre's decision to implement key suggestions of the Kasturirangan panel on Western Ghats conservation triggering protests in the state, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said on Saturday there was no question of implementing it in haste. "There is no question of government implementing it in a haste. No...
  • Prince Charles visits Western Ghats in Kerala November 13, 2013

    Britain's Prince Charles, a strong votary of environmental preservation, visited Western Ghats and showed a keen interest in ongoing efforts to preserve the flora and fauna there. Prince Charles visited the Vazhachal Forest Division in Kerala on Tuesday and spent time with Forest Department officials and conservation organisations including WWFIndia to...
  • Saving the Western Ghats: Exploring Kerala August 10, 2013

    CNNIBN's special series focuses on saving the Western Ghats of India. ...
  • Saving India's Western Ghats: Exploring Tamil Nadu August 4, 2013

    Discovering various interesting facets of the Western Ghats in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. ...
  • Saving the Western Ghats: the Tamil Nadu special July 31, 2013

    Discovering various interesting facets of the Western Ghats in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. ...
  • Watch: Journey through the Western Ghats of Karnataka July 28, 2013

    Planet earth's richest diversity of life is found along the Western Ghats of Karnataka. ...
  • Saving the Western Ghats: Exploring the other Goa August 2, 2013

    CNNIBN's special series focuses on saving the Western Ghats of India. ...
  • Watch: Journey through the Western Ghats of Maharashtra July 13, 2013

    Planet earth's richest diversity of life is found along the Western Ghats of Maaharashtra. ...
  • World Environment Day special: Saving India's Western Ghats June 6, 2013

    The Western Ghats is not just a place of breathtaking natural beauty but also a biodiversity zone where many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna flourish. But unrestricted mining, quarrying and huge infrastructure projects are endangering the fragile ecology of the region. This year on World Environment Day,...
  • We need a central nodal authority for the Western Ghats: Bahar Dutt June 5, 2013

    The Western Ghats is not just a place of breathtaking natural beauty but also a biodiversity zone where many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna flourish. But unrestricted mining, quarrying and huge infrastructure projects are endangering the fragile ecology of the region. This comes at a time when...
  • Environment Editor Bahar Dutt on CNNIBN special 'Saving India's Western Ghats' June 5, 2013

    This year on World Environment Day , we take you to a journey to one of world's most pristine but endangered ecological hotspots the Western Ghats. IBNLive.com/westernghats...
  • World Environment Day: Meet the men saving the bats, snakes of Goa June 5, 2013

    Panaji: It's World Environment Day on Wednesday and CNNIBN is taking you on a special journey with a new series 'Saving the Western Ghats'. CNNIBN Environment Editor Bahar Dutt has been travelling to every inch of the old mountains, from Maharashtra all the way down to Kerala. She met India's...
  • Saving the Western Ghats: A CNNIBN special on World Environment Day June 4, 2013

    This year on World Environment Day , we take you to a journey to one of world's most pristine but endangered ecological hotspots the Western Ghats. ...
  • Govt policies destroying Western Ghats: Ecologist August 9, 2012

    Bangalore: Comparing Western Ghats to the character of Draupadi in Mahabharata, Ecologist Madhav Gadgil on Wednesday said the ‘inappropriate’ government policies are stripping the Western Ghats of all their resources. He was speaking at Bio Diversity Asia 2012, a gathering of ecologists from around the world. “The Dushyasana here is...
  • K'taka Assembly against UNESCO tag for Ghats July 27, 2012

    Bangalore: The state Assembly on Thursday passed an unanimous resolution opposing UNESCO heritage tag for Western Ghats and shot down Centre’s proposal to declare Kudremukh National Park (KNP) as tiger reserve. The state government will now approach the Centre to delist Western Ghats from UNESCO’s world heritage site list. Despite...
  • Why is Karnataka against heritage tag, ask activists July 9, 2012

    Bangalore: The Karnataka government's opposition to UNESCO's heritage tag for the Western Ghats is being strongly criticised by greens and environmental scientists as illogical and another example of the BJP administration's ignorance about global issues. The greens have also trashed state Forest Minister C.P. Yogeshwar's claims that the heritage tag...
  • Karnataka against Western Ghats' world heritage tag July 4, 2012

    Bangalore: Karnataka on Wednesday said the state was against UNESCO declaring 10 spots in Western Ghats as world heritage sites as it would affect development work. Minister for Forest CP Yogeshwar said in Bangalore that though the state had opposed the proposal, the Centre has gone ahead with the notification. Development...
  • Western Ghats is now a UN World Heritage Site July 2, 2012

    New York: India's 1600-km long Western Ghats mountain chain, which has forests older than the Himalaya mountains, has been added to list of world heritage sites by the United Nations. The Western Ghats mountain chain is recognised as one of the world's eight "hottest hotspots" of biological diversity. The chain's forests, which...
  • 30 Minutes: Mad about frogs! October 16, 2011

    This week on 30 Minutes special, CNN-IBN Environment Editor, Bahar Dutt travels through the Western Ghats with scientists in search of the lost amphibians of India. ...
  • This week on CNN-IBN 30 Minutes: Mad about frogs! October 12, 2011

    This week on 30 Minutes special, CNN-IBN Environment Editor, Bahar Dutt travels through the Western Ghats with scientists in search of the lost amphibians of India. We take you on a journey, which starts on the forest floor introducing tiny amphibians said to be the barometer of the forest, some...
  • More trouble brewing for Jaya over Kodanadu tea estate September 21, 2007

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Opposition leader, J Jayalalithaa's woes only seem to get bigger by the day. Following notices issued to demolish her 59 acre Kodanadu estate in the Nilgiris, a new issue has now sprung up. The President of Anna Nagar panchayat — behind the estate — has issued a...
  • Gold rush lures realty developers to TN, Kerala September 9, 2007

    Chennai: It's the new age gold rush! Realty developers and wealthy residents in Tamil Nadu and Kerala are rushing to buy land in the Western Ghats, lured by the promise of gold — this is because official surveys for the yellow metal have recently been made on in a belt...