Panel on climate change to submit report soon

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New Delhi, Apr 30: An expert committee formed to study the impact of anthropogenic climate change on India will submit its first report in the next few months, the Government today said.

In reply to a question by Madhu Goud Yakshi (Congress) in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Environment and Forests Namo Narain Meena said climate change was a global issue, which needs to be tackled with active international cooperation.

He said India was constructively engaged in negotiations with other countries on the issue and had initiated a host of measures in this regard.

Mr Meena said India spends more than two per cent of the GDP in development measures which would also help in adaptation to climate variability and change.

''India follows a path of sustainable development through a range of policies and programmes which also mitigate climate change and reduce carbom emissions,'' he added.

Mr Meena said the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change was established in June 2007 to address climate change related issues.

The Council has decided that a national document be prepared on measures to address climate change concerns, he added.

The Minister said the Government had also set up an expert committee to study the impact of anthropogenic climate change on India and identify the measures that might be needed in the future.

The Committee would submit its first report within the next few months, he added.

Mr Meena said the Government was also aware of the reports published by the London-based coalition of 41 non-governmental/civil society organisations and by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The Civil Society Report on Climate Change acknowledged the phenomenon of global warming, and also did not treat climate change as a serious threat. The IPCC study concluded that warming of climate system was unequivocal and containted an assessment of observed changes in the climate as well as the future projections based on various development scenarios at the global and regional level.


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