Scientists of today need to be a good communicator too and the need of hour is that we should work for the option of going bio-economic to save our environment. With these words Dr. R.K. Pachauri, Director General TERI, New Delhi began the plenary lectures in the N.Borlaug Session on Sustainability Science & Climate Change during the ongoing course of the 100th Indian Science Congress currently being organized in Kolkata.
He said in present circumstances the adverse affect of climatic changes have necessitated that scientists should come ahead and communicate properly with the stakeholders to go for a balanced approach for development.
There were three eminent Speakers during the session: Dr. Arabindra Mitra, Adviser & Head, International Cooperation (Bilateral), Deppt. Of Science and Technology, GoI: Dr. J.Srinivasan, Chairman, Divecha Centre for Climate Change & Professor, Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, IISc Bangalore and Nobel laureate Dr. Yuan Tseh Lee, who is Distinguished Research Fellow, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.
Dr. Arabindra Mitra delivered his lecture on the dimensions of Sustainability Sciences and tried to link the effects of increased human activities on the eco system especially the aquatic echo system in the river basins as well as the coastal areas. He said increased degradation of environment, pollution enhancing factors and depletion of forests and mining activities do affect the overall production of crops as well as number of fishes in rivers and lakes.
Dr. J. Srinivasan spoke on the influence of aerosols on the atmosphere, the monsoon system of India and thereby the changes occurred in the rainfall during the last 100 years. He also tried to correlate the presence of acrylic aerosols with automobile emission and industrial pollution as a prime cause for the increase in the overall degradation of atmosphere that leads to global warming by means of human generated climatic changes.
Nobel laureate Dr. Yuan Tseh Lee who hails from Taiwan spoke on the Sustainable transformation and future earth. He emphasized not to follow the western model of development that says nature as separate from mankind to be studied, controlled and used. Instead he vouched for the Eastern thought which advocates “Nature and mankind are but one and thereby must define their relationship. Dr. lee said increased use of consumer goods leads to more and more carbon pollution. He also spoke on the global population explosion which is now to the tune of 6.8 billion and said this has also furthered the exploitation of natural resources.
On this occasion the Postal commemorative stamp released by Prime Minster Dr. Manmohan Singh on January 03, 2013 to mark the launch of 100th Indian Science Congress was also displayed.
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