The global warming issue evoked serious concern among parliamentarians who urged the government on Tuesday to take urgent measures for combating this phenomenon which could otherwise pose serious problems for India.
The Lok Sabha held a special discussion on the matter under Section 193 which saw members from all parties expressing their apprehensions about the hazardous fallout of global warming on India and suggesting various ways to combat it effectively.
C.K.Chandrappan of CPI , who initiated the discussion, drew attention to the fact that melting of glaciers in the Tibetan Plateau and Himalayas could lead to flooding to rivers like the Brahmaputra and Ganga.This would inundate large tracts of land that would subsequently face desertification after the waters recede, he said.
The member deplored the fact that the government was yet to set up institutes to study the effects of meltdown of glaciers.
Former environment minister Maneka Gandhi of BJP asked the government to lay more emphasis in the use of wind and solar power as well as vegetable-based fuels.Use of petrol and diesel-based fuels must be discouraged, she felt.
Accusing the government of not taking the issue seriously, Congress member Sandeep Dikshit warned that time was running out and immediate steps needed to be taken to check the effects of global warming.
Bhartruhari Mahtab (BJD) pointed out that India ranked among the top five countries of the world that were responsible for greenhouse gas emission.Expressing the view that India lacked a credible carbon dioxide emission policy, he enquired from the government if it had fixed targets for verifiable carbon reduction.
Suggesting measures to combat global warming , Kharabella Swain (BJP) asked the govenment to consider curbs on automobile production and boycott countries that refused to cut emission .In particular,he singled out the US which has withdrawn from the Kyoto Protocol.
Others who participated in the discussion included K.Samba Siva Rao (Congress), Suresh Prabhu (Shiv Sena) and Ram Kirpal Yadav (RJD).