IMPHAL, April 2 - Climate change is happening and Himalayan mountain States particularly the Northeastern States are highly vulnerable considering the changes in temperature, rainfall patterns and other impacts on various sectors every year, according to experts.
The experts were sharing their scientific data at State Directorate of Environment sponsored stakeholders� workshop on revision of State action plan on climate change 2018-2023 here on Monday.
�Historically climate has changed across the globe and the rainfall patterns are declining while the warming rate is on the rise as per the available data,� said Prof Ravindranath of Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. �But we are not realising it. Besides we do not have enough studies on it unlike other European countries�, he added.
Stating that climate change is a global phenomenon, the author of four books on climate change and member of UNFCC expert panel on Kyoto Protocol, Prof Ravindranath also informed that global deforestation will contribute to the climate change even though deforestation in Manipur may not have much impact on it. The temperature will rise up 1.5 to 2 degree Celsius in the country by 2030, he added while making a presentation on climate change projections, impacts, vulnerability and adaptation assessment.
Dr Ashok Singha of CTRAN, a consultancy agency from Bhubaneshwar, said that climate change impact will increase invasive species, insects and pests besides loss of bio-diversity while plants will move upward with the rise in temperature.
Dr Anamika Barua of IIT Guwahati and Director of State Environment dept Dr Y Nabachandra also spoke on the climate change vulnerability assessment in Northeastern region. The keynote address was given by Dr T Brajakumar, of the State Climate Cell of the Environment department.