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A biodiversity hotspot, Western Ghats continue to be done in by the British belief that its grasslands were wastelands.
A team of researchers led by IIT-Bombay recognises vast economic potential in the famous geysers of Maharashtra's Western Ghats.
Destruction caused by the Kerala floods would have been less severe if the government followed the recommendations of the Gadgil Committee report on preservation of the Western Ghats. Kochi: The recent occurrence of extreme rainfall events and associated floods in Kerala that killed many and rendered thousands homeless were due to climate change, a noted climate expert said today. Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director General of New Delhi-based advocacy group Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), said the dam management system in the country will have to be "re-evaluated" taking into account the repeat occurrence of extreme rainfall events and associated flash floods. "The floods in Kerala were caused by climate change and the disaster was exacerbated by bad development practices, particularly on Western Ghats and other ecologically sensitive regions of Kerala," Bhushan told PTI. Over 290 people were killed and lakhs of people have been displaced due to the heavy rains and floods...