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Indian Floods Not Linked To Global Warming – Environment Minister

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Times of India

‘Extreme rainfall that occurred over coastal districts of Tamil Nadu is highly localised and is part of the natural variability of the Indian monsoon system.’

Days after the Chennai floods caught global attention during the just concluded Paris conference where world leaders linked such extreme weather conditions to climate change, the government on Monday said the unusual rainfall that occurred in Tamil Nadu was a “highly localised” event and its attribution to global warming is “not established”.

“Extreme rainfall that occurred over coastal districts of Tamil Nadu is highly localised and is part of the natural variability of the Indian monsoon system. Although some studies have reported an increase in frequency and intensity of extremes in rainfall during the past 40-50 years, their attribution to global warming is not established,” environment minister Prakash Javadekar said in reply to a question in Parliament.

Many world leaders, including US secretary of state John Kerry and French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, had referred to the Chennai floods while making a strong case for a global climate deal to save the world from similar weather events in future…

“The Earth System Science Organisation (ESSO)- IMD has predicted above normal rainfall in excess of 111% of the long period average in its forecast outlook for 2015 Northeast Monsoon season rainfall over the southern peninsula,” the minister said.

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