Global warming impact study to be taken up in Tamilnadu State

“Five M. Phil. candidates will be chosen to conduct the study”

The council will invite proposals during May

The study will come out with suggestions on combating climate change

MADURAI: A ‘global warming impact’ study is to be taken up in Tamil Nadu to come out with suggestions on combating climate change.

The Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology has decided to offer fellowships for the study, the objective of which is to understand the effects of global warming in the fields of agriculture, public health, environment pollution and so on.

This State-specific study was being undertaken since it was felt that there was no adequate database available to know what could be the problems caused by climate change.

“It has to be a time-bound study and should be completed in one year. The council will invite proposals during May and work has to commence in July,” S. Vincent, Member-Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, told The Hindu here on Sunday.

According to him, the council will select five M. Phil. candidates for the work and each will be given a fellowship of Rs. 1 lakh for the study.

He said that the study would be helpful in understanding the impact and problems besides suggesting solutions in the context of climate change.

“We want the selected candidates to work on the field by meeting all stakeholders, including scientists, farmers, general public, officials and institutions. They must come out with data,” Dr. Vincent said.

The Member-Secretary said that this was the first step to comprehend an issue that was being debated worldwide. Candidates interested in participating in the study must submit a theme paper and the council would finally choose five best proposals.

“The findings of this exercise will be sent to respective departments for appropriate action. Understanding the impact at grass-roots level is very important than talking about global warming in general terms,” he opined.

Shastry V. Mallady From THE HINDU

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