State approves climate change action plan

Thursday, 27 August 2009 - 4:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
The government approved the climate change action plan prepared by the environment department during the state cabinet meeting on August 20.

The government approved the climate change action plan prepared by the environment department during the state cabinet meeting on August 20.


“Climate change has become a serious cause of concern. It is high time that we acted and tried to mitigate the effects. The action plan was prepared with the same objective,” said Valsa Nair, environment secretary, government of Maharashtra.


The average global temperature has gone up by 0.76C during the last few decades. According to estimation, it is likely to increase by 1.4C to 3C by the end of the year 2100, Nair said.


The sea level rise has been recorded at 0.17 metre and it is projected to rise between 9 and 88 cm, she added. The level of carbon dioxide, the main constituent of the green house gas, has increased by 70% from 1970 to 2004.


“The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri) effects of climate change in the state by the end of the year 2030, 2050 and 2070, its result on main developing areas and the remedies are being studied,” Nair said.


The government is hopeful that the study will help in increased use of non-conventional energy resources, conservation of environment through participation of rural population and increase in green cover to create carbon sink, she added.


According to a report by Teri, the possible infrastructural loss in and around Mumbai could be to the tune of Rs2,28,700 crore.


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