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Thursday, October 23, 2008

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‘Signs of global warming alarming’


Hyderabad: Speakers at a session on ‘Climate and environmental disasters’ on the second day of the 1st World Congress on Disaster Management here deliberated on the various climate related disasters and manmade environmental disasters.
The conference is being organised with the sup
port of the Times Foundation.
“Extreme weather conditions are becoming a norm in Andhra Pradesh and with several districts becoming drought and cyclone prone, signs of global warming are clear. If we do not act now, it will be too late,” said D Raji Reddy, principal scientist, Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University (Angrau).
He spoke on “Weather extremes - impact on agriculture and mitigation in Andhra Pradesh.” Raji Reddy said Andhra Pradesh has historically been most severely af
which can withstand the onset of the monsoon and sudden changes in the weather patterns should be taken up. Farm Pond Technique need to be taken up,” he said. In 2003, coastal districts were affected due to a heat wave which damaged citrus crops and there was also loss of life.
He advised farmers at district level to grow crops after consulting
agro advisors and not to take steps without looking at the weather patterns. He suggested Australian Project (farmers working towards crop protection keeping in view the weather conditions) to mitigate draught which is in practice at Warangal and Mahbubnagar. In another session, Unicef ’s Emergency Specialist in India, Mukesh Puri, made a presentation on the response of Unicef in flood emergencies with focus on Bihar. “Relief measures taken up during crisis, if properly handled, can be brought into the mainstream like the maternity huts set up in Bihar. Good initiatives which are documented well could become a model for government for implementation in the future,” Puri said. On October 24, global issues related to reproductive health and gender will be discussed.


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