VISAKHAPATNAM: The Department of Environmental Studies, GITAM University, in association with Ministry of Environment and Forest and Deccan Development Society (DDS), organised a workshop on climate change at GITAM Institute of Science here on Thursday.
A professor of Andhra University Engineering College Civil Engineering Department S. Ramakrishna Rao, who was chief guest, said that Green House Gases (GHG) like carbon dioxide, methane, chlorofluorocarbons led to increase of atmospheric and sea surface temperatures. He observed that due to GHGs the average atmospheric temperatures might increase between one and three degrees Celsius.
Global warming was increasing faster than the predictions of climatologists, an environmentalist T. Shivaji Rao said. Grade-I Meteorologist from Indian Meteorological Department R. Murali Krishna said that climate was changing at different places due to urbanisation, destruction of forests, release of harmful gases, etc. The El Nino and global warming were affecting seasonal weather conditions. Scientific studies revealed that every year the sea level in Bay of Bengal has been rising by 3.14 mm. This would cause inundation of coastal areas and about 70 lakh people were going to lose their houses, paddy and cattle. GITAM Institute of Science principal N. Laxmana Das presided over the function and HoD of Environmental Science N. Srinivas briefed about the workshop.