Sound, light show on climate change attracts hordes of visitors

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New Delhi, Oct 26 : Large number of people thronged a unique light and sound show here last evening, to highlight the impact of climate change and global warming.

'Badalta Mausam', organised by United Nations, was an attempt to bring to life, the experience of climate change.

Through the use of an audio-visual medium involving presentations, installations, sculptures, laser technology, and a background score, the show sought to engage viewers not just as mere spectators, but also as active participants in the vagaries of climate change.

Put together by artist Naresh Kapuria, the show focused on those hit by climate change.

"I have tried to bring out the theme of climate change in this show. I've also tried to display the variations in the weather as they take place in nature," said Kapuria.

India, whose economy has grown by eight to nine per cent annually in recent years, is one of the top polluters in the world. It contributes around four per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions as its consumption of fossil fuels gathers pace.

But as a developing nation, India is not yet required to cut emissions -- said to be rising by between two and three per cent a year -- under the Kyoto Protocol, despite mounting pressure from environmental groups and industrialised nations.

In December, world nations including India and top polluters China and the United States agreed to launch two years of talks on a broader global pact to curb greenhouse gas emissions to replace Kyoto once that pact expires at the end of 2012.

Kyoto binds 37 rich nations to curb emissions during the pact's first commitment period of 2008-2012. Developing nations are excluded.

According to U.N. data, India's per-capita emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, were 1.2 tons in 2004 against 20.6 tons for the United States for the same year.

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