How much do you think a change in climate would have on a particular country, or on the world as a whole? A recent study has revealed that the north-eastern part of India could actually see a rise of two degrees Celsius compared to the usual temperatures that would be experienced there.
The Indian Network of Climate Change Assessment (otherwise known as INCCA) carried out the study in 2010. The projected difference in temperature in the north-eastern part of the country could be anything between 1.8 degrees Celsius to 2.1 degrees Celsius. The change will highlight a period of time running from the 1970s through to the 2030s.
If it did occur, this change could have profound effects, both on the land and on the people who live and work there. There could be a significant effect on the amount of rice that can be grown, for example. As a staple crop, it could produce problems for those who rely on it as a main part of their meals.
It is also thought that the mean amount of rainfall experienced in the area throughout the year could rise. Of course, this is all speculation and until we reach the 2030s, no one can be completely sure of what might happen. However, with the World Climate Change Conference 2015 having recently concluded, the issue of climate change is very much in the news.
It should also be remembered that this news report relates only to one particular part of India. What would happen in other regions in that same country – let alone the rest of the world? While the information above seemed to indicate the rice crops in the north-eastern part of India, one scientist seemed to think the exact opposite would be true. It seems we cannot even agree on the likely outcome of a potential change in temperatures over a particular period of time.
India is split into four distinct regions – the Himalayan area, the north-eastern region mentioned here, the Western Ghats and the coastal portion of the country. No mention was made of how the other parts of India might potentially be affected by such a temperature rise, if it were to happen.
There will always be a great degree of uncertainty regarding the issue of climate change. Perhaps most important, though, is the need to determine how much our own actions might have on the world around us. This is not exactly a new issue, but with this news coming from India, it does make it more pronounced in the news. This is especially true given the conference that has just concluded.
We shall be watching to see what 2016 has in store with regard to the climate, and whether any unseasonable changes might be seen.