Jairam Ramesh, Minister of State for Environment and Forests (I/C) said that we have a five year research agenda to work on Black Carbon Research Initiative and Ministry of Environment and Forest, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Indian Space Research Space Organisation (ISRO) and Department of Science and Technology are working together. 16 observatories and 101 research institutions are working and estimated investment of Rs. 200 Crores will be spent. Addressing the launch of Black Carbon Research Initiative National Carbonaceous Aerosols Programme (NCAP) here today, Shri Jairam said, “We must use this fund to build the next generation capacity building doctoral programmes, post doctoral programmes, mid career programmes etc. We need to create a larger community of scholars and researchers who will publish – scientific details.”

Giving details about this programm, Shri Jairam said, “The most significant aspect of this programme is study of aerosol and black carbon which was not studied before. I hope that this programme will really provide a solid scientific foundation for our agenda. The National Institute of Glaciology has been set up in Dehradun. There is complete difference in behaviour of Himalayan glaciers and arctic glaciers which need to be studied and need to establish our own scientific capacity to understand this change.”

Talking about HFCs the Minister said, “We need to be proactive in hydrofluoric carbons. HFCs were considered the solution few years back but today HFCs are seen to be part of the problem. We must create a scientific network to plan on emissions 250 scientists. 125 institutions are working under INCAA. National Institute for climate and Environment Sciences – NICE will be established. It will be a joint venture of MoEF & ISRO.”

Shri Jairam released the book ‘Black Carbon Research Initiative Science Plan’. INCAA will publish ‘the Impact of climate change on agro-climatic zones of India by end of this year.

Earlier, Prof V Ramnathan, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of California, USA and Prof J Srinivasan, Indian Institute of Science gave overview of the Black Carbon Research Initiative.



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