Weathering the change

Published: Friday 31 January 2003

-- Climate Variability, Extreme Events and Agricultural Productivity in Mountain Regions S Sen Roy, R B Singh Oxford & IBH Publishing Co Pvt Ltd Delhi Rs 950 242 pages

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (ipcc) has predicted in its Third Assessment Report 2001 that global temperatures may rise by as much as 5c by the year 2100, leaving agriculture and mountainous regions vulnerable to its impacts. To increase awareness of mountain ecosystems, the United Nations had declared 2002 as the International Year of the Mountains. At a time when climate change issues are of particular significance the world over, this book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on the topic. Authors S Sen Roy and R B Singh, both research scholars in geography at the Delhi School of Economics, look at some of the very critical issues in climate change and how it affects mountainous regions, especially agriculture and horticulture activities, and what both the local populations and policy-makers are doing about it.

With the Kyoto Protocol and the ipcc being the talk of the day, this book, a result of some extensive research done in the Department of Geography, University of Delhi, under the Canadian International Development Agency and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, can produce useful data for policy-makers, geographers, environmentalists and climatologists.

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