Chennai rain result of global warming: Indian experts

The rains, that have broken a 100-year-old record with one day's rainfall covering a month's average, also flooded areas in Vadapalani, Valasaravakkam and Nandamvakkam.

By: PTI | Le Bourget | Published: December 2, 2015 7:14 pm
chennai, chennai floods, chennai rains, chennai flood, chennai flood news, chennai rain news, chennai flood update, chennai rain update, india news An aerial view of flood affected areas of Kanchipuram District on the outskirt of Chennai on Monday. (PTI Photo)

With torrential rains in Chennai disrupting normal life, Indian environment experts attending the Paris climate change summit today said the downpour in the city was an outcome of global warming.

“We are now experiencing the full blown impacts of climate change. The extreme rainfalls that Chennai is experiencing is a direct outcome of our ever warming planet,” said Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director General of Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

“The global average temperature has increased by less than 1 degrees. Think what will happen at 2 degree temperature increase,” he said.

Torrential rains have pounded several parts of Chennai and its suburbs along with Puducherry, triggering a deluge that has completely disrupted normal life as army was deployed in two suburban areas to undertake rescue on a war-footing.

Harjeet Singh of Action Aid India, said, “Climate change has always been a contributing factor. We cannot say that it is 100 per cent because of climate change. Here we are talking about the scale of destruction and such rains which have happened after 100 years.”

“If we look at the disasters in the last five years, from Kashmir to Uttarkahand, if we see the trend, it becomes clear that it is because of climate change,” he said.

During a presentation, the devastation due to the Chennai floods was also shown by him.

The rains, that have broken a 100-year-old record with one day’s rainfall covering a month’s average, also flooded areas in Vadapalani, Valasaravakkam and Nandamvakkam as nearby lakes overflowed into the city.

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  1. Antonio Colella
    Dec 3, 2015 at 1:25 am
    The very same day Chennai was under water, Indian Prime Minster was saying in Paris that indian need to buy carbon to grow. Now pay the bill, Mr. Prime Minister.
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      ram
      Dec 5, 2015 at 5:21 pm
      Hey fools! Dont lie. Its EL NINO. NOT GLOBAL WARMING.
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        ram
        Dec 5, 2015 at 5:59 pm
        Is NASA telling truth? How is the sun visible from space? Better ask them!
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          starstuff
          Dec 2, 2015 at 3:55 pm
          "The rains have broken a 100 year record..." This alone should be compelling enough for world leaders at the Paris climate conference that strong and effective action is necessary now more than ever. The fact that they haven't agreed to anything concrete even after two days into the summit, is a testimony to their carelessness on this issue.
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            Vimal
            Dec 3, 2015 at 7:17 am
            The Senate voted this week on whether Climate Change is real or a hoax, I think it’s a hoax and here’s why. I’m sure you’ve heard in the news that 2014 was supposed to be the hottest year ever. If it actually was “hottest year ever” you’d think all the terrible calamities that are supposed to happen would be happening now but instead the opposite is happening. 1. Record Ice In 2014 there was record sea ice in Antarctica in fact a global warming expedition got stuck in it. Arctic sea ice has also made a nice comeback in 2014. The Great lakes had record ice Lake Superior only had 3 ice free months in 2014. You’d think that in the hottest year ever that ice would be melting like Al Gore said. 2. Record Snow 2014 saw record snowfall in many areas, remember when they said that global warming would cause snow to disappear and children won’t know what snow is. 3. Record Cold In 2014 we saw all kinds of cold records remember the Polar Vortex? You’d think that we’d be breaking all kinds of heat records in “the hottest year ever” 4. Oceans Are Rising Much Less Than Predicted Al Gore predicted that oceans would rise 20 feet by 2100, it looks like were on track for about a foot. 80% of the tide gauges show less rise than the official “global average”. Many tide gauges show no rise in sea level, and almost none show any acceleration over the past 20 years. 5. Polar Bears Are Thriving You’d think that Polar Bears would really be in trouble in 2014 “the hottest year ever” but they are thriving. 6. Moose Are Making A Comeback A few years ago the moose potion in Minnesota dropped rapidly and they immediately blamed global warming, then they did a study and found out it was actually wolves that were killing the moose. Wolves have been taken off the endangered species list and are now endangering other species so they opened a wolf hunting season in Minnesota and the moose are coming back. It turns out it had nothing to do with global warming in fact the years when the moose potion declined were some very cold ones. 7. 99% of Scientists don’t believe in Catastrophic Man-Made Global Warming You’ve probably heard over and over that 99% of scientist believe in global warming well the opposite is true. That talking point came from a study where only 75 scientists said they believe in global warming on the other hand over 31,000 scientists have signed a peion saying they don’t believe in Catastrophic Man-Made Global Warming. 8. Nature produces much more CO2 than man In 2014 NASA finally launched a satellite that measures CO2 levels around the globe. They umed that most of the CO2 would be coming from the industrialized northern hemisphere but much to their surprise it was coming from the rainforests in South America, Africa and China. 9. It Isn’t Actually the Warmest Year. If you look at the satellite data 2014 was not the warmest year ever in fact there has been no global warming for over 18 years. The Reason they can say it’s the warmest year is because they are using the ground weather station data which is heavily influenced by the Urban Heat Island effect, many of which are near pavement. Even still they had to cherry pick that data to get at the warmest year ever and it is only the warmest by only two-100ths of a degree within a dataset that has a variability of a half of a degree. The fact they they had to ignore accurate data and fudge sketchy data to push their agenda proves (IMHO) that climate change is a hoax. 10. The Hypocrisy of the Main Players One of the main reasons you can tell that global warming is a hoax is that the main purveyors of global warming live lifestyles opposite of what they preach, they all own multiple large homes and yachts and they fly around the world in private jets pushing their propaa. Not to mention some people such as Al Gore actually profit from Carbon Taxes and other green energy laws. If they actually believed what they preached they would be leading quite different lives.
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