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"INDIA GETS IT" - LETTER TO THE EDITOR FROM ICSC ADVISOR DR. MADHAV KHANDEKAR
July 31, 2008: Indian politicians justified "to prioritize economic development and poverty eradication over some nebulous climate change action plans."  Here is the Indian "National Action Plan on Climate Change" about which Dr. Khandekar is commenting.  Note especially page 15 in the plan where it is written, "No firm link between the documented changes below and warming due to anthropogenic climate change has yet been established."

India gets it (3rd letter on this Web page)

Re: In India, Growth Trumps Sustainability, Lawrence Solomon, July 26.

India has taken a bold decision to reject the “Climate Doom” projection made by the IPCC (Intergovenmental Panel on Climate Change), the UN Body of scientists on Earth’s climate and climate change. The Indian politicians led by the astute and pragmatic Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have made the right decision to prioritize economic development and poverty eradication over some nebulous climate change action plans.

The climate of India and by extension that of the rest of the world has changed in recent years, but not necessarily for worse, as claimed by the IPCC and its ardent supporters. In a recent paper published in the U.K.-based Journal Energy & Environment (May 2008), I have carefully analyzed adverse impacts of climate change as projected by the IPCC and have discounted these claims as exaggerated. They also lack supporting evidence.

It is time to take a closer look at the IPCC science of climate change and ask some hard questions. Recent satellite data clearly document enrichment of world forestry due to increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Further, for a high-latitude country like Canada, future climate change can be beneficial in terms of milder winters, lower house-heating costs and a longer agricultural season.

The IPCC science of climate change must be carefully re-assessed by the Canadian scientific community at large before making substantive policy decisions about greenhouse gas emission targets. India has it right.

Dr. Madhav L. Khandekar, retired scientist, Environment Canada, Toronto.

Here is a recent (May 2008) scientific paper, "Has the IPCC exaggerated adverse impacts on human societies?" , from Dr. Khandekar.