Rising sea level greatest climate change threat: Pachauri
Kathamandu, Sep 6 (IANS) The rise of the sea level would be the greatest threat to the world in the days to come unless efforts are made to contain and mitigate the consequences of climate changes, according to 2007 Nobel laureate Rajendra K Pachauri.
The fourth IPCC assessment report in 2007 predicted that the global average sea level would rise between 0.6 and 2 feet (0.18 to 0.59 meters) in the next century.
Calling it the direst "irreversible and abrupt change", Pachauri said it would lead to the extinction of 20 to 30 percent of plant and animal species.
Saying that he had been to Rameshwaram, the coastal strip in southern India, last week, Pachauri said he had seen signs of people leaving the area.
An immediate change in lifestyle was needed to tackle the climate changes, which didn't necessarily mean dire sacrifices.
Pachauri said it entailed simple things like switching off the lights in a room while going to another.
Seems to me that the "greatest threat to the world" in the Kathmandu Valley is not global warming or sea levels but rather that the water supply is consistently found by agencies like WHO to be loaded with deadly microbes and disease such as Hep A and cholera. Drinking untreated tap water in KTM is virtually guaranteed to kill you. KTM is also one of the poorest urban areas in the world. Pachauri should really get his priorities straight.
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