Impact of carbon aerosols on rainfall to be assessed

Environment Ministry will release a report next year in Nov assessing impact on rainfall pattern, glaciers and public health.

New Delhi: With carbon aerosols including black carbon caused by incomplete combustion being linked to global warming, the Environment Ministry will release a report next year in November assessing its impact on rainfall pattern, glaciers and public health.

"The Ministry proposes to bring out a third report to be prepared by Indian Network on Climate Change Assessment (INCCA) in November 2011 which will look at the impact
assessment on India`s carbon aerosol (black carbon) programme," Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said here.

Residues of combusted wood and dung, coal in cooking and heating stoves, the burning of coal and petroleum products in industrial and transportation sectors are leading sources
of black carbon and experts have claimed to have identified it as one of the major reasons for global warming.

Ramesh was speaking at a function during the release of a report providing assessment of the climate change on key sectors and regions in the country in 2030s.

This is for the first time that an assessment on the climate change impact has been made for the 2030s where as all previous assessments were for the 2070s and beyond.

At the function, HRD minister Kapil Sibal who is also holding additional charge of Science and Technology Ministry, stressed on the need for micro study and micro assessment which will make difference in lives of people.

Responding to Ramesh`s suggestions, Sibal promised to extend support to organize international conferences of scientists and take steps to initiate a world class journal
peer reviewed by the scientists.

M S Swaminathan, Rajya Sabha MP and agri-economist advised to train two "Climate Managers" at lowest institutional level like panchayat whose suggestions will help
in sustainable agriculture.

"The data they provide will have to be involved in this Assessment work by agricultural scientists as the rise in rise of surface, change in rain patterns, temperature etc. are
affecting agriculture produces," he said.