Tuesday, April 13, 2010

City temperature is rising

City temperature is rising
AMIT UPADHAYE and MADHUMITHA. B
DC | BENGALURU


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TREE FELLING, MAN-MADE STRUCTURES LEAD TO WARMING

The city's mini mum temperature in March has risen by 1.8 degree over the last century, which is double the global average, according to Professor R Sukumar of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
“Local warming is increasing due to the growing number of concrete and glass structures as well as the cutting down of trees," he says. But while it has been observed that areas which have more traffic and buildings with glass facades are over10 degrees warmer than the rest of the city, Prof Sukumar cautions that a more detailed scientific study is required to link Bengaluru's rising temperature to global warming.

"Climate variation and extreme weather conditions across the world are certainly a result of global warming. But this has to be established in the city,” he says.

Arun Patre of the Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN) laments that although it has been established that felling of trees does lead to a rise in temperature, there is no climate action plan in place for the state.

"Why is there no discussion on warming and cli

mate change when the temperature is rising with every year?" he asks.
Meanwhile the city received welcome showers on Monday although the maximum temperature remained around 37 degrees Celsius.

Meteorological department director B Put

tanna explains winds are blowing in from the west coast bringing moisture that is precipitating over isolated places.

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