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Climate change will affect crops, says Pachauri

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‘Consumption-oriented market is destroying the eco-system'

— Photo: K. Murali Kumar

In rapt attention:R.K. Pachauri, Director-General of TERI (right), and K Jairaj, Additional Chief Secretary, Energy, (second from right), at the eco fair and environment-related competition for schoolchildren in Bangalore on Sunday.

Bangalore: At least 30 species of flora and fauna will face the threat of extinction if the global temperature increases between 1.5 degrees Celsius and 2 degrees Celsius, R.K. Pachauri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has said.

Speaking after inaugurating the eco fair and environment-related competition for schoolchildren organised here on Sunday by The Environmental Resources Institute (TERI) in association with Hewlett-Packard, India, he said any increase in temperature would also affect crops, leading to a shortage of foodgrains.

Dr. Pachauri, who is also the Director-General of TERI-India, said the climate change would also lead to outbreak of several diseases.

Though the issue of global warming was discussed at the United Nations first conference on Human Environment in Stockholm in 1972 and at the subsequent meet in 1992, nothing much had been done to preserve the eco-system, Dr. Pachauri said.

He said that consumption-oriented market was destroying the eco-system and stressed the need to adopt measures aimed at reducing consumption, and reusing and recycling to prevent further damage to the environment.

The Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, E-Parisaraa Pvt. Ltd, and Daily Dump participated in the fair.

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