India's per capita energy consumption is 'lowest'
Tuesday, 28 July 2009, 01:55 Hrs | 4 Comments
Chavan, addressing a gathering on Earth Sciences Foundation Day at Vigyan Bhavan in the capital, said climate change has now come into international diplomatic domain and India needed to carry out reserach and study to put its stance at the international level.
"Climate change debate was at forefront of the G8 submit in Italy this month. As of now, our per capita energy consumption is the lowest and India can defend its interests related to energy consumption so that nobody can cap our development only if we understand science," he said.
"There are concerns about changes in ocean levels, changes in monsoon cycle due to the global warming. And to estimate effects of climate change and possible threats, we need to generate our own datas, carry out research works," Chavan said.
He said the ministry has set up the Centre for Climate Change at Pune, which would be operational by September 2009, to address climate change related issues.
The ministry has fully geared up to modernise India Meteorology Department (IMD) so that weather predictions could be done with high degree of accuracy.
K. Kasturirangan, member of Planning Commission, gave away the National Awards in Ocean Science and Technology and Atmospheric Science and Technology to scientists.
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