Sunday, April 14, 2013

No relief from rising celsius in India

Joydeep Thakur in Hindustan Times: Rampant construction and unchecked use of fossil fuels in the city have led to a rise in it’s average temperature over the last 100 years as compared to other metros

A squall and gust of wind may come as relief on some rare afternoon but it is excruciating heat and humidity that people have to bear with in the coming months. And, they can only blame themselves for turning nature against mankind.

Rapid urbanization, increasing population, uncontrolled use of fossil fuel and several other human induced factors are taking a heavy toll on the climatic patterns in the state, experts have claimed.

As a result, the mean temperature in Kolkata has increased by nearly 1 degree Celsius over the past century — the highest among the four metros: Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai, a recent study has revealed.

“While the mean annual temperature of Kolkata have increased by 0.9 degrees Celsius over a period of hundred years, in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai it has increased by 0.2, 0.6 and 0.56 degrees respectively over the same period,” said Amit G Dhorde, scientist with Pune University who headed the study...

The Howrah Bridge over the Hooghly River in Kolkata, shot by vinay g, Wikimedia Commons via Flickr, under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

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