Change Is In the Air
Publication Year: 2012
Author(s): Rajendra K Pachauri
The commonly used definition of sustainable development embraces development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. But there is also the need for integrating climate change in development policies and strategies. Simply put, climate change hurts not just different regions, but its effects are serious for some extremely poor communities. A recent special report on ‘Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation’ brought out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has many findings that need to be taken seriously in devising development policies. For instance, even when the humanitarian aspect of climate change is not taken into account, economic losses provide enough reasons to avoid its impact.
Source: The Road to Rio+20, Forbes India, June 22, 2012: 95-97p.
Publisher/Organisation: Forbes India