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Aug 20, 2008

Speaks About ‘Global Warming’

R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, speaks on ‘Global Warming’ at the PSG College of Technology in the city on Tuesday. It is essential for all countries to have equity in sharing carbon space. It is possible to cut the carbon emissions of developed countries by half by 2050 if there is a change in their lifestyle, R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, said here on Tuesday.

Delivering a lecture in ‘Nuclear Energy and Climate Change’ organised by the PSG Sons’ Charities at the PSG College of Technology, he called for nuclear renaissance to mitigate global warming by reducing carbon dioxide emissions. “Also, it is essential to look at adopting energy generating measures from renewable sources which will emit less carbon dioxide.” Referring to the Kyoto Protocol, made under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to reduce carbon dioxide and Green House Gases emissions, he said, “Many developed countries that form part of the Annex I of the Protocol are responsible for the high carbon dioxide emissions in the world.

The impact of this may be worse on developing countries.” Referring to some of the projections due to climate changes in India, he warned of the annual surface temperature rising from three degrees to five degrees Celsius at the end of the century. Another major area of worry was availability of water. “Water security is closely related to energy security,” he asserted.Campaigning for the use of nuclear energy, Mr. Chidambaram said, “In the context of the emerging global nuclear renaissance, the world will undoubtedly need us in the long term.”

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