The Maharashtra authorities will arrange a state council which is able to work to cut back the influence of local weather change highlighted by the United Nations physique IPCC and recommend measures to satisfy future challenges, it was introduced on Wednesday. An announcement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) mentioned the state local weather council might be headed by CM Uddhav Thackeray.
“The state will work on the 5Rs – Reduce, Refuse, Reuse, Recycle, Recover declared by the United Nations,” said the statement issued after the weekly cabinet meeting. The cabinet discussed the need to have a time-bound action plan and all ministers whose departments are related to climate change should be involved in formulating the plan, it said.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in a report released last month, said extreme sea-level events that previously occurred once in 100 years could happen every year by the end of this century with scientists warning sea level rise, floods, heavy rainfall and glacier melting are some of the irreversible effects. Maharashtra Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray told reporters after the cabinet meeting that the state pollution control board has taken to social media platforms to apprise citizens about the impact of climate change and issues related to the environment.
The state cabinet discusses issues related to climate change and the environment every month, he said. Thackeray said environment and climate change figure on the agenda of the weekly cabinet meetings along with important issues like COVID-19 and agricultural crops.
He said the latest IPCC report, which highlights threats to coastal cities, including Mumbai, due to climate change, was discussed at Wednesday’s meeting. ”The threat is not just because of rising sea levels, but also due to increased frequency of unseasonal rains and landslides,” the minister said.
“Through social media platforms (Twitter and Instagram), the place the state air pollution management board is lively, residents can publish their complaints associated to the setting,” he mentioned. Among different issues, the IPCC report has warned that the shoreline of 12 cities within the nation will go underwater.
Maharashtra is within the tropical area and if temperature will increase by 2 to 2.5 levels Celsius, the state’s shoreline might go underwater, the report offered earlier than the cupboard warned. In central Maharashtra, there’s a risk of extreme drought and wildfires on account of local weather change, it mentioned.