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Misty East Khasi hills, in Meghalaya state (meaning the land of clouds) in India’s north east, receives an annual average rainfall of 12,000 mm and is known to be the wettest place on earth. Lush forests and dreamy meadows mark the region; but there are stark barren hillsides, too. These were all forested areas, once. Unplanned and unscientific deforestation, coal and lime stone mining, global warming, a growing population – the “price(s) of development” are thought to...
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