Reduce Water Use, Says Climate Expert

Published: 10th October 2014 06:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th October 2014 06:18 AM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE : Bangalore is headed for an acute water shortage, said environmental expert Aromar Revi, at an international consultation on climate change adaptation here on Thursday.

Revi, director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, told Express that the city must stop scaling up water usage as it does not have enough water. “The Bangalore Airport is a classic case of maladaptation to climate change as there is hardly any water in the area. It is taking away most of the water in the city,” he said.

Revi said measures suggested by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change need to be implemented locally, and described mitigation as the “best form of adaptation”.

Prof N H Ravindranath, another expert from IISc, said India lacks tools to assess the potential impact of climate change on the future, but scientists need to keep exploring the field nevertheless. He said scientists still do not have good models to predict the future water situation or the impact of climate change on grasslands, livelihoods, biodiversity and agriculture.

Purnamita Dasgupta from the Institute of Economic Growth stressed the need to improve field work in the area. “When we build cyclone shelters, we must also map all access routes to the shelter.”

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