18th Aug 2021 11:08:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

The writing has been on the wall for some time and for naysayers who still believe climate change is a figment of imagination, the following data will come as a massive shock.
July 2021 was the hottest month ever recorded in human history, according to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Last month was the hottest July in 142 years of record-keeping.
Climate Change is real and happening and must be taken with all seriousness by governments and agencies to lessen its devastating impact. It comes as great news that the Arunachal Pradesh government has come up with the ‘Climate Change Management Mission- 2047’, a roadmap for the state to contribute in the global efforts to minimize and mitigate climate change.
Arunachal Pradesh, being a part of the Himalayas with one of the largest forest cover in the country, has a big role to play in dealing with climate change and global warming. The relatively untouched Frontier State has also not remained untouched by the early signs of climate change. As per records, the state witnessed an increase annual mean temperature of 0.05 degree per year and 0.59 degree Celsius in last 40 years. Further during the period from 1980 to 2019, a significant decreasing trend in southwest monsoon rainfall and also in annual rainfall has been observed along with increase in number of dry spells and decrease in rainy days.  
The situation for Arunachal today is at a critical juncture; things haven’t gone all that bad and if government makes an honest effort, the situation can be corrected.
 The ‘Climate Change Management Mission- 2047’,  prepared and presented by the state department of Environment and Forests, has put up water conservation goals, habitats goals, agriculture sector goals, forest sector goals, disaster management goals, energy and transport sector goals, waste management goals and health sector goals to be achieved in the next two decades. The goals envision to attain climate regulation, increased carbon sinks and reduced CO2 emissions, increased green cover, eco-system restoration, germplasm conservation, improved livelihood and opportunities, improved health sector, water security, better exposure of climate change to local communities and eco-tourism and revenue generation.
Climate change has set the planet on a disturbing and disruptive path and the latest data by NOAA proves this. Research has shown the warming climate is resulting in heat waves, droughts and floods more frequent and intense.
Visuals of floods in Germany, China and Turkey, heat waves in Europe and wildfires and drought in the United States have made headlines these past weeks. Is there anymore proof needed?

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
Email: kenterjoyaz@easternsentinel.in / editoreasternsentinel@gmail.com
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