Climatic changes a major challenge: Top scientist

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Mirzapur, Dec 12 (UNI) The ''abnormal'' climatic changes present a major challenge for scientists and if sincere efforts were not put in motion, it would have dire consequences, a top scientist said here.

''Rural Technology Action Group (RTAG) is leaving no stone unturned to deal with the situation with active support of IITs in Guwahati, Chennai, Khadagpur and Roorkee,'' Prof R Chidambaram, Chief Scientific Adviser to Government of India, said.

Prof Chidambaram was talking to mediapersons after inaugurating the newly-constructed health centre in Banaras Hindu University (BHU) South Campus here yesterday.

''A Climatic Change Centre would soon be established at BHU South Campus,'' he said.

The scientist also stressed the need of 'High Resolution Climate Modelling' to study climatic changes and its ramifications.

He further informed that RTAG was first set up in Uttarakhand.

''Later, another centre was set up at Rajiv village, Chennai, where scores of scientists are working under the leadership of Prof M S Swaminathan in the field of climatic changes,'' he added.

Besides, a proposal had been made to establish a research centre at a cost of Rs one crore in the state in wake of ''minor'' climatic changes being witnessed in eastern UP, Prof Chidambaram said.

He also suggested for optimum utilisation of the abundant thorium reserves in the country to meet India's growing energy requirements.

He, however, underlined that India might take two decades to enrich thorium on a large scale for producing nuclear energy.

UNI

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