23 May:The Government is aware of the implication of the sea level rise due to protected climate change. The past observation on the mean sea level along the Indian Coast show a long-term rising trend of about 1.0 millimeter (mm)/year.
The recent data suggested a rising trend of 2.5 mm/year in the sea-level along Indian coastline. Model simulation studies, indicate that the oceanic region adjoining the Indian subcontinent is likely to warm at its surface by about 1.5-2oC by the middle of this century and by about 2.3-3.5oC by the end of the century. The corresponding thermal expansion related sea-level rise is expected to be between 15cm and 38cm by the middle of this century and between 46cm and 59cm by the end of the century.
In may, 2007 the Government set up “Expert Committee on Impacts of Climate Change”. The Terms of References of the Committee are to study the impacts of anthropogenic climate change impacts and any other matter relevant to these. Three meetings of the Committee have been held.
Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change to coordinate national action for assessment, adaptation and mitigation of climate change was constituted on 6th June 2007 to evolve a coordinated response to issues relating to climate change at the national level and provide oversight for formulation of action plans in the areas of assessment, adaptation and mitigation of climate change. The Council has decided, inter alia, to prepare a National Action Plan on Climate Change to address the challenges of climate change.