Flora and fauna are under threat in Punjab


Two Day Workshop on Climate Change organized at Science City

Kapurthala, May 23, 2018: Global Warming (GW) is a measure of climate change, and is a rise in the average global temperatures.” Climate change is caused by natural factors such as solar variability and human factors such as emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and consequently ozone depletion. The greenhouse gasses (GHGs) include carbon dioxide, hydrofluorocarbons, and perfluorocarbons. These gases sit in the earth's atmosphere and prevent the sun's radiation from going back into space. The heat builds up as it does in a greenhouse. Though there is some naturally occurring gas like water vapours, which also cause the greenhouse effect. This was expressed by Dr B.K Tyagi, Director, Vigyan Prasar, DST, GoI on the occasion of two days Capacity building workshop on climate change at Science City. This workshop was jointly organized by Science City in the collaboration with Department of Science and Technology Govt. of India and Punjab State Council For Science & Technology Chandigarh. Dr. R.N Jindal Director Ministry of Environment Govt. Of India and Dr. SK Saxena Principle Scientific officer Punjab State Council for Science & Technology were also present on this occasion.

Principle Scientific officer Dr. K.S Bath from Punjab State Council for Science & Technology said that, Punjab state has a reason to be concerned about climate change as a significant proportion of the population is engaged in the climate-sensitive sector of agriculture. Climatic data of Indian Meteorological Department indicates that the maximum and minimum temperatures in the Punjab region have increased by 0.5-1.0oC and by 0.5 to 1.5oC respectively. As a result of these climatic variations, many species of flora and fauna in Punjab are under different threat categories. Wetland ecosystems of the state that support diversity of flora and fauna are also under threat. Further, the state may witness harmful consequences like invasion of exotic species, the emergence of new pests & diseases, declining groundwater resources, reduction in yield of crops and production of milk from the bovine animals, extreme weather events like erratic rainfall leading to floods & droughts and soil erosion problem in Shivalik foothills etc.

On this occasion, Dr. Rajesh Grover , Director, Science City said that, Climate change is widely recognized as the major environmental challenge facing the planet Earth. To educate people on one of the most pressing developmental issues in the world today, the Science City has set up a unique Climate Change Theatre, which is first of its kind in the country. It provides the visitors an unforgettable experience aiming to sensitize the audience about the currently debated subject of Climate Change and Global Warming. Visitors make aware of and have a better understanding and appreciation for the latest climate science and the issues surrounding the human role in climate change.

The 25 minute film explores what a worst-case future might look like if humans do not take action on current or impending problems that could threaten civilization.

The film ends with a message of lets wake up call to Think Smart, Think Green.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018