Cli­mate change chok­ing Gulf of Man­nar

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Kum-Kum Das­gupta kumkum.das­gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

RA­MANATHA­PU­RAM, TAMIL NADU: At the south­east­ern tip of the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent, be­neath the sparkling wa­ters of the green-blue In­dian Ocean, lies an aquatic world teem­ing with marine life — the Gulf of Man­nar.

But cli­mate change, pol­lu­tion and over-har­vest­ing and poach­ing of marine species are de­stroy­ing this trea­sure trove, which ex­perts say are also threat­en­ing other ar­eas along the In­dian coast­line.

Lead­ers and cli­mate ne­go­tia­tors from 196 coun­tries will meet at the UN talks in Paris start­ing Novem­ber 30 to try and thrash out the broad­est deal to date to slow global warm­ing, one of the rea­sons cited by ex­perts for loss of marine life in In­dia.

Ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, the reper­cus­sions of such de­struc­tion of nat­u­ral bar­ri­ers and flora and fauna cou­pled with cli­mate change are bound to have long-term eco­log­i­cal, hu­man and po­lit­i­cal ram­i­fi­ca­tions on the coun­try.

Writer-ac­tivist Nityanand Jayaraman, who has worked on coastal is­sues for the last 20 years, said that largescale ur­ban­i­sa­tion was dras­ti­cally al­ter­ing the coast­line.

“In the last 25 years in Tamil Nadu, we have seen mas­sive ur­ban­i­sa­tion along the coast. All this dras­ti­cally al­ters the na­ture of the coast,” he added.

CLI­MATE IN PERIL, P14

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