Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bangalore to have world-class research institute on climate change

The Hindu: India will demonstrate to the world that “we are serious about climate change” through a set of new initiatives — the first being the setting up of a world-class institute in Bangalore to carry out research on climate, global warming and its impacts on the economy and environment.

Union Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh told journalists here on Sunday that the “National Institute for Research on Climate and Environment” would help build India’s own capacity for measuring, monitoring and modelling climate at a time when most information on global warming was derived from the West.

The institute would use space-based and ground-based observation systems to create an indigenous “nucleus” for research into all issues relating to climate, including the impact of climate change on aspects of the economy such as agriculture and water, Mr. Ramesh said . The institute would be a joint initiative of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Union Ministry for Environment and Forests (MoEF).

“The aim is to build a world-class institute, which will serve as a data hub on all issues relating to climate,” Mr. Ramesh said adding that formal approval from the Centre was expected shortly. The project would receive an initial funding of Rs. 40 crore….

The Bangalore High Court, shot by Sniperz11, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 License

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