Govt findings on Himalayan glaciers misleading: NGO
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 23:20
New Delhi: Terming the Environment Ministry's recent report on non-receding of Himalayan glaciers as false complacency, a research foundation on ecology today claimed the findings were misleading.

Navdanya, a research foundation for science technology and ecology which has conducted many participatory research on impacts of climate change, claimed that people are witnessing a serious change in their natural environment.

"The Government of India, by reducing the complex phenomena of climate change and attributing the receding of glaciers to merely an increase of temperature, is misleading its people.

"The government's stand on climate change in the Himalayas is anti-nature, anti-people and anti-science and they are failing at the national level," claimed Vandana Shiva, founder of Navdanya.

She said arguments put up by the government on Himalayan glaciers are totally unscientific.

She claimed the survey conducted by Navdanya pointed out that Uttarakhand had witnessed an unpredictable drought and heavy rainfall between 2006-09, which indicates a shift in climatic condition.

The thickness of the Siachen has retreated by 8-10 metres since 1995 and similarly the Gangotri glaciers are retreating at the rate of 4cm per day, it said.

The research also mentioned of the increasing scarcity of water resources due to drying up of seasonal springs and the forest fire in Garhwal region this year as a clear sign of climate change.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 23:20

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