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IPCC chairman wants new government to fight climate change with all its might

NEW DELHI: With a UN body on Monday predicting severe negative impacts of climate change on many countries including India, its chairman, R K Pachauri, sought to advise the new government - which will come to power after the forthcoming parliamentary elections in May - to use "knowledge and objective information" for making an effective plan to fight the menace of global warming. 

Responding to a question from the TOI as to what message he would like to convey to the new government, Pachauri said, "The most important thing the government should do is to use knowledge and use objective information in arriving at plans and policy. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. Policies are sometimes made in vacuum as far as knowledge and science are concerned". 

Pachauri, who is also a member of the Prime Minister's advisory council, said that with the information that has been made available by IPCC, the government would really be well advised to see that it comes up with its plan with all that which are known on the subject of climate change. "And, I think it should involve both adaptation as well as mitigation", he said. 

The IPCC chairman rued that though the government had made the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) six years ago, it could not be properly implemented. 

He said it was a good plan, but like any other effective plan it had to be dynamic. 

"We need to modify or refine this plan in the light of new knowledge which are now available to us. This plan should be implemented properly. I think, this should be the first challenge (of the new government)", he said. 

"Whosoever will come to the power (new government), my key message would be to use the knowledge which are available and develop a plan of action which would protect life and property. That's what the challenge is all about", said Pachauri.

The Times of India (31-03-2014)