Staff Reporter

KOZHIKODE: A seminar on ‘Impact of Climate Change in Kerala’ organised by Malabar Christian College here on Wednesday noted that the current climate change estimates predict an increase in temperature of 1.4 degree Celsius to 5.8 degree Celsius by 2050.

The effects of this increase in temperature include increased extinction rates, changes in reproduction timings and changes in the duration of the growing season for plants. This might explain the early blooming of mango trees and golden shower that were recently observed in the State.

Also, the change in climate has important health-related consequences such as the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases, stress and respiratory diseases.

As a direct result of global warming, dengue virus has evolved to overcome the relatively colder climates in Asia, thus posing an imminent threat of an outbreak of dengue fever.