Temperature rise poses threat to coastal states, warn environment experts- The New Indian Express


Through Express Message Service

BHUBANESWAR: Rising temperatures could pose more challenges for coastal states like Odisha as it could lead to the formation of more cyclones, environmental experts warned, calling for immediate corrective action to tackle climate change on Thursday.

“Climate change affects evaporation and precipitation, and frequent formation storms are one of its biggest impacts,” said Tarendra Lakhankar, senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center at City College of New York, in his address to the Students of the two-day International Conference on Education on Climate Change organized by Sri Sri University, Cuttack, in collaboration with City University of New York (CUNY) and US Consulate, Hyderabad.

Lakhankar said the focus should be on plantations and other green measures to increase carbon sequestration and control temperature rise, especially in urban areas to combat climate change. Climate change is global, but its impacts are local, raising awareness at the community level while exploring alternatives to fossil fuels and other non-renewable energies to stem the alarming rise in CO2 emissions.

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“There are many Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) formulated by the United Nations (UN) to combat climate change. However, to make it successful, we need to take it to the grassroots and educate people to adapt,” said Prof. Paramita Sen of Bronx Community College (BCC), CUNY.
To promote climate change education and help students in weather and climate change research, Sri Sri University, with the support of CUNY, installed a solar automated weather station on its campus on the opening day of the international conference.

Prof Neal Phillip, who installed the weather station with his team, said it will help understand various weather parameters at a micro-scale. BCC President Thomas A. Isekenegbe said the college received a Public Diplomacy Grant from the Department of State to advance its work on climate change in India. Sri Sri University President Prof. Rajita Kulkarni said the university has made efforts to achieve the UN SDGs.

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