240m in Hi­malayan re­gions to be af­fected by changes

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - Vishwa.Mo­han @times­group.com

New Delhi: Sound­ing alarm for ur­gent ac­tion to slow down the pace of global warm­ing, an IPCC re­port re­leased in Monaco on Wednes­day said in­creas­ing warm­ing of the oceans and ac­cel­er­ated sea level rise would lead to wide­spread death of ma­rine life, lead­ing to a seafood cri­sis and in­creas­ingly de­struc­tive cy­clones.

Ma­rine heat­waves have likely dou­bled in fre­quency be­tween 1982 and 2016, the re­port said, warn­ing that the pace of change was ac­cel­er­at­ing. The IPCC re­port warns that sea lev­els are ris­ing faster than pre­vi­ously thought due to ac­cel­er­at­ing rates of ice melt. It said that sea lev­els would rise glob­ally by around 30-60cm by the end of this cen­tury even if emis­sions of GHG are sharply re­duced and global warm­ing is lim­ited to well be­low 2 de­gree Cel­sius. HOW WARM­ING OCEANS,

MELT­ING ICE MAY IM­PACT YOU

Flood­ing in coastal ci­ties due to sea level rise

In­crease in trop­i­cal cy­clone and rain­fall due to warm­ing of ocean

De­crease in sea food due to acid­i­fi­ca­tion of ocean

Re­duced wa­ter avail­abil­ity due to melt­ing glaciers, snow, ice and per­mafrost

Coral bleach­ing due to in­crease in ma­rine heat­waves, pos­ing high risk to rocky shore ecosys­tems

WHAT CAN

RE­DUCE RISK?

Global ef­fort to mas­sively re­duce green­house gas emis­sions

IPCC re­port co-au­thor An­jal Prakash noted that around 240 mil­lion peo­ple of the en­tire Hindu Kush Hi­malayan (HKH) re­gions would be af

Adapt­ing to change by build­ing in­fra­struc­ture that is cli­mate re­silient

fected due to changes in the cryosphere as it may af­fect the “world’s largest re­new­able sup­plies of fresh wa­ter.”

Full re­port on www.toi.in

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