‘Melting glaciers cause for concern’

‘Melting glaciers cause for concern’

Protect environment says R K Pachauri at UoH lecture Distinguished scientist and expert on...

  • Protect environment says R K Pachauri at UoH lecture

Distinguished scientist and expert on climate change Dr RK Pachauri has warned that glacier melt is likely to increase on alarming note and cause widespread destruction of social life in India and the sub-continent. Delivering a lecture on “Dealing with the challenge of Climate Change and Sustainable Development” organised by The Centre for Gandhian Economic Thought, School of Social Sciences at the University of Hyderabad (UoH), Hyderabad on Friday Dr. Pachauri who is the Director General for TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) and Chairman for Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), specified that Glacier melt is projected to increase mudflows, flooding, rock avalanches and to affect water resources within the next 2 to 3 decades.

“The Ganga, Indus, and Brahmaputra rivers could become seasonal rivers in the near future. Half a billion people in the Himalaya Hindu-Kush region and one-fourth billion in China who depend on glacial melt for their water supplies are likely be affected. The projected impact on India will be alarming with increased mortality rate due to heat rise, increased dengue fever, 2 to 5% decrease in yield potential of wheat and maize for a temperature rise of 0.5 to 1.5°C, potential impacts of one meter sea-level rise include inundation of 5,763 km 2 and state of water stress before 2025 when the availability falls below 1000 m3 per capita” Pachauri warned.

“In many cases the most disadvantaged people bear the repercussions of environmental degradation, even if they contribute little to the problem. It is the collective responsibility of all of us to question the political parties about the need for them to have an agenda in their election campaign to protect the environment,” said Pachauri.

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