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SPECIAL ISSUE - 2012

Editorial

 

Climate has not remained unchanged during any period of time. However, currently, the change is so rapid that living beings are unable to get acclimatized to the change.Climate change can affect a wide variety of sectors in our lives. Such sectors include agriculture, health, security near coastal areas, soil conservation, habitat, transportation, flow in rivers, flood management, biodiversity, and so on.

Asians are particularly vulnerable to impacts of climate change. A study made jointly by Clean Air Initiatives in Asian Cities and Clean Development Initiative in Asia, with support from GIZ (German Agency for International Development) has been published in July 2012. It shows that barely 3 per cent of the cities in Asia have a plan to meet the challenge of climate change. This only shows that we have a long way to go and we have to start immediately. How urbanization has wiped out the many ponds, tanks and small lakes in urban areas is common knowledge. Observations and impacts of climate change on habitat are known more widely than the impacts on health are known.

World Health Organization (WHO) considers that global warming is a threat to public health, given the current trends in urbanization and industrial growth plans. Much of such threat may be the secondary impact of climate change on habitat. Therefore, IDC foundations had planned to have discussion on Impact of Climate Change jointly on habitat and health. Accordingly, a National Conference was organized on 13th and 14th September 2012.   

IDC foundation is grateful to have received the support of the Ministry of Space and Technology, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Indian Council of Medical Research, Defence Research and Development Organization, Centre for Environment Education, Central Pollution Control Board, Department of Community Medicine ofMaulana Azad Medical College, School of Social work of University of Texas at Arilington (USA), Directorate of Health Services and School of Planning and Architecture. The response from authors and participants was also very encouraging. 

Shri Anurag Goel, Member, Competition Commission of India inaugurated the conference as Chief Guest. The key note address was delivered by Shri Tishyarakshit Chatterjee, IAS, Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Environment and Forest. Shri Arvinder Singh Bakshi, Chairman, Central Electricity Authority, Ministry of Power, was Guest of Honour along with other dignitaries including Shri Mukul Sanwal, IAS, former Coordinator, UNFCCC and former Secretary to the Government of India and AVM (Dr) Ajit Tyagi, Koteswaram Professor and Permanent Representative of India with World Meteorological Organization.   

We are delighted that researchers, planners, administrators, technologists and non-governmental organisations have shown active interest in the Conference. We are grateful to the management of STM Journals who has provided us a solid platform to present the scientific deliberations to every one interested in the subject.    

 

Prof. (Dr.) Jugal Kishore                                                                     

Co-chairperson                                                                                              

Scientific Committee of Conference                                                              

 

 

Paritosh Tyagi

Chairman & Managing Trustee

IDC Foundation


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