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Tamil Nadu's floods not due to global warming: Noted environmentalist disagrees with PM Modi
Renowned environmentalist and Convenor, Forum for a Sustainable Environment Dr S Jeevananda Reddy deplored the contentions of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi that recent floods in Tamil Nadu and parts of Andrha Pradesh were due to the impact of global warming. Also former technical advisor to the United Nations, Reddy recalled that day before yesterday the Prime Minister has condoled the deaths in Tamil Nadu due to incessant rain and floods, which has claimed at least 170 lives so far.

Addressing the 14th edition of his 'Mann Ki Baat' radio programme, the Prime Minister drew the nation's attention towards climate change and global warming. "It was saddening to witness devastation and deaths during the festive season, but I have faith in the strength of Tamil Nadu," he said in his 27-minute talk, adding that the tragedy in the state was due to the impact of global warming. "Checking global warming is everyone's responsibility. Energy conservation is the best way to do it," Modi said.

As a Prime Minister of India, Dr Reddy felt that there was a need to verify the the facts before attributing the floods to global warming. According to him, the Southern coastal zones receive heavy rains during Northeast Monsoon Season [October to December, post-monsoon season, temperatures in descending seasonal mode] that coincides with severe cyclonic activity.

Here's the data of the highest rainfall in 24 hours [mm]/year and the highest per month [mm]/year for Nellore and Chennai from 1931-60 Normal [Red Book of IMD]: Nellore – 444/1950, 357/1936 & 189/1902; 647/1920, 982/1915, 494/1946 Chennai – 234/1888, 236/1922 & 262/1901; 892/1943, 1088/1918, 699/1946 The November 2015 rains followed this pattern only.

According to a release, Dr Reddy said that the main problem here is that governments over the years allowed the people as well government agencies to destroy the rainwater channels and water bodies. This resulted the aggravating the impact for the same flood capacity. This is same in Uttarkhand in 2013, Jammu & Kashmir in 2014. Also, the August 2000 floods in Hyderabad.

To meet the greed, he deplored that humans have destroyed the natural flow systems and now governments are putting the blame on global warming as it cannot defend against such onslaught by politicians and bureaucrats to protect themselves for wrong doings.

Easy safe goat is for all ills (heat waves, cold waves, floods, cyclonic fury, etc) the easy prey is global warming. Climate change is used as defacto global warming, though natural variations are part of climate change for which we need to adapt to them. He said that the Paris meet (COP21) is fight for getting their share from green fund of $100 billion per year.

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