Wednesday, February 13, 2008

It had to happen

The recent cold wave sweeping across Mumbai and other parts of India could be attributed to global warming, experts said on Tuesday at a Mumbai environmental conference.

Addressing the "Combat Global Warming" conference at the Indian Merchants Chamber (IMC) here, former Union minister for power and environment Suresh Prabhu said global warming was primarily a problem created and induced by human beings.

Prabhu said the cold wave that swept Maharashtra and other parts of India recently could be attributed to the phenomenon of global warming. He said global warming had already affected agriculture and water availability in various parts of the country. "A recent study revealed that 70 percent of India's water bodies are polluted," Prabhu said.

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