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A degraded rainforest site (left) in 2004, from where invasive weeds have been cleared in preparation for restoration, and the same site in 2018, showing some recovery (right)

How to restore a rainforest with a nursery, science and some bat poop

Understanding the relationships that comprise a rainforest helped wildlife biologists & nature conservationists restore a degraded patch in Anamalai Hills.
Anamalai hills in the Western Ghats. | Commons

Not only development work, Western Ghats face threat from plantations and agriculture too

A new study has found that the Western Ghats will lose capacity to absorb about 7.5 per cent of India's annual carbon dioxide emissions over the next decade.
Anamalai hills in the Western Ghats. | Commons

Western Ghats forest cover improved after active ecological restoration, says study

Active ecological restoration process includes steps to prevent cutting of wood and growth of weeds, and planting diverse variety of native species.
The shola forests nestled in valleys surrounded by undulating grasslands in Kudremukh | Archana Sundareshan

Study traces how the British ruined Western Ghats, one of India’s most unique ecosystems

A biodiversity hotspot, Western Ghats continue to be done in by the British belief that its grasslands were wastelands.
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Natural spas, electricity: IIT-led team uncovers power of India’s Western Ghat geysers

A team of researchers led by IIT-Bombay recognises vast economic potential in the famous geysers of Maharashtra's Western Ghats.
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Climate change and bad development practices to blame for Kerala floods, says expert

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...

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An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
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Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.