ISRO Chief Says Climate Change is Most Concerning Issue Today

Indian Space Research Organisation’s Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar said climate change is among the most concerning issues today faced by mankind and has potential to shape human history in the future.

Dr Kumar was speaking at the second convocation of Assam Kaziranga University in Shillong, Meghalaya on Sunday where he was felicitated with honorary doctorate along with music maestro Amjad Ali Khan.

Since climate change is brought upon by humans who had adversely affected the environment bringing forth unprecedented changes and climate change, he said the need of the hour is to correct it. “Our ancestors were also humans, but they didn’t cause any harm to the environment and we humans have used the environment just for our profit without thinking of giving something back to the motherland and now we are witnessing unprecedented changes.”

Coinciding with the Paris Summit on Climate Change being opened on Monday, Kiran Kumar’s speech focuses on the biggest challenge before humans including all aspects of human life from agriculture to health and economy.

"Shifting weather patterns, threat to food production through increased unpredictability of precipitation, rising sea levels contaminating coastal freshwater reserves, increasing risk of catastrophic flooding, and a warming atmosphere aids the pole-ward spread of pests and diseases once limited to the tropics,” Kumar said.

As ISRO is vested with the task of improving weather forecast for the country, he said the space agency’s North Eastern Space Application Centre at Shillong has developed innovative techniques under the "Flood Early Warning System project" in collaboration with the regional climate modelling centre in Guwahati, Assam. The project has been extended to flood-prone areas in the north-eastern states and it has been helpful to manage floods in Assam, he said.

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