Manmohan creates panel of CMs on climate change
Taking the climate change action to the states, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday announced that a forum of chief ministers of the Himalayan states would review the impact of climate change in the region and monitor adaptation measures.delhi Updated: Oct 27, 2009 00:46 IST
Taking the climate change action to the states, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday announced that a forum of chief ministers of the Himalayan states would review the impact of climate change in the region and monitor adaptation measures.
At the meeting of the PM’s Council on Climate Change, Singh said: “It is important that we lose no time in implementing the practical measures that have been identified. While the state governments have been sensitized to the need for such measures, I will invite the chief ministers of the Himalayan States to join in a national effort to safeguard the Himalayan eco-system.”
The announcement comes four days before Himachal Pradesh Chief Minster Prem Kumar Dhumal’s meeting with his counterparts from other Himalayan states on a joint effort to mitigate impacts of climate change. Himachal is the first state in India to declare a target of 2020 to become carbon neutral, which means that the total carbon emissions of the state would be neutralised through its green cover.
Singh also announced that the government will come up with a white paper on impact of global warming on Indian glaciers and set up a specialised institute for research on glaciers. Indian glaciers are melting at 12 to 24 meter per year, an Indian Space Research Organisation report said.