Britain and India can collaborate on setting up a Climate Research Centre in India, said UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser David King.
Talking to the Hindustan Times on a visit to India, King said, “British climate science is the strongest in the world and it would make a lot of sense to collaborate in the area of climate change with the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences.”
“We had useful discussions with the Ministry of Earth Sciences on the setting up of an Indian Climate Change Research Centre, which we will help strengthen. Our wide-ranging talks included collaboration on modelling the Indian monsoon.”
Our ability to model the climate would help scientists understand the impact of the Indian monsoon which has a global influence, he said.
Monsoon particularly impacts all parts of the world due to the “massive amounts of rainfall,” he pointed out.
According to King, the biggest change we face globally is climate change.
Unless we take urgent action to substantially reduce our carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, the predicted temperature rise will impact almost every sector of society, he said.
More powerful storms and rise in sea levels will affect our infrastructure while changing temperatures will affect the pattern of infectious diseases and increase the number of heat waves.
The other challenges include sustainable use of natural resources, reversing environmental degradation and defeating infectious diseases, he said.
King said population growth is probably the biggest driver behind these challenges.
On the need for more students taking up science, he said life sciences and molecular biology which were “very attractive areas”.