Heat wave kills more than 2500 people in India; Drought in most parts of India for the second year. Floods in Jammu and Kashmir; Cyclones in Odisha; Delhi has the most poisonous air to breath. In the recent times we read these news items. “Is climate change a hype or reality?”
Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry(MCCI) organised a panel discussion on Climate Change. “Studies conducted by World Bank show the dramatic impact of climate change. Heat and weather extremes are already impacting people, damaging crops and coastlines and putting food, water, energy and security at risk, ” said Vidya Soundarajan, Senior Regional Advisor, Climate Change and Energy.
Tara Parthasarathy, Jt. MD, Ultramarine & Pigments Ltd, said: “due to climate change, industry and business reliant on coal, oil and gas may expect greater regulation of use and less regulation on price. Interest rates will increase due to credit downgrading and cost of capital for carbon-intensive projects will increase.”
The solution to these lies in implementing less resource-intensive products and services and investing in efficiency and new technology. Identification of climate risk in any long term projects and mitigating cost including the environmental cost, will become necessary in times to come.