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Global warming threat: Kochi could sink within 100 years



By NewsGram Staff Writer

“A large part of the coastal areas in Kochi could sink within 100 years,” said the scientists of the National Institute of Oceanography.

A recent study by the institution showed that the rise of water level due to global warming could submerge a large part of the coastal areas in Kochi within 100 years.

The research was conducted by scientists R. Mani Murali and P.K. Dinesh Kumar of National Institute of Oceanography.

The scientists also claimed that the rapid growth of the coastal city could create a huge problem regarding coastal environment and would severely impact fishing.

The study showed that the water level is on a rise at 1-2 meters against the globally accepted rise of sea level of 0.5 meters over the coming century.

‘For the sea level rise scenarios of 1m and 2m, the total inundation zones were estimated to be 169.11 km per square and 598.83 km per square respectively using Geographic Information System (GIS). The losses of urban areas were estimated at 43 km per square and 187 km per square for the 1m and 2m sea level rise respectively, which is alarming information for the most densely populated state of India,’ said the research paper published earlier this year.

‘The results obtained conclusively point that sea level rise scenarios will bring profound effects on the land use and land cover classes as well as on coastal landforms in the study region. Coastal inundation would leave ocean front and inland properties vulnerable,’ the study further said.

According to the report the city ranks top in environmental violation issues and if this trend continues it will be submerged in coming years..

‘With the projected inundation of this magnitude, the coastal zone would be at risk of flooding, where several near shore settlements will be impacted severely. Damages to this coastal city cannot be observed in isolation as it is linked with other regions through economic and cultural ties. Changes will affect the hinterlands too, and chain reactions may follow. Urban planning will be confronted with a number of anticipatory issues, including adaptation strategies,’ the report warned.

The report adviced the government to amend its policies and to set up alternative agricultural practice in this area to save Kochi from this fatal disaster.

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Iran invites Pakistan to join Chabahar project with India

India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement in 2016

Chabahar Port is of great international significance in terms of trade, especially for India. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port is of great international significance in terms of trade, especially for India. Wikimedia Commons
  • Iran has invited Pakistan to join Chabahar port project
  • It is a very crucial port of great importance
  • India, Iran and Afghanistan have already signed a trilateral agreement in 2016

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has invited Pakistan to participate in the Chabahar Port project that connects India to Afghanistan, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, a leading Pakistani daily reported on Tuesday.

Chabahar Port is built and operated by India. Wikimedia Commons

The move may be seen as Zarif’s bid to allay concerns here over the Indian involvement in the Iranian port, Dawn online reported. The Iranian minister also, meanwhile, extended the invitation to China.

“We offered to participate in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). We have also offered Pakistan and China to participate in Chahbahar,” Zarif, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan, said while delivering a lecture at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) on Monday, according to the daily.

India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement in 2016 to jointly develop the Chabahar port, opening a new strategic transit route between the three nations and other Central Asian nations, bypassing Pakistan. In November 2017, India delievered the first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan through the Chabahar Port.

Also Read: All You Need To Know About India’s Strategic Chabahar Port

Zarif had earlier held bilateral talks with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif and addressed a trade conference. The visiting Foreign Minister is being accompanied by a large trade delegation from Iran.

He also said that Gwadar Port and Chabahar Port needed to be linked through sea and land routes for development of deprived Eastern and South-eastern Iran and South Western Pakistan. “We are taking measures to do that and there is an open invitation to Pakistan to participate in that,” Zarif said.

Chabahar Port will make India's trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port will make India’s trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons

He also said that the Chabahar port project was not meant to “encircle Pakistan … strangulate anybody”, adding that Iran would not allow anybody to hurt Pakistan from its territory, much like Pakistan would not allow its soil to be used against Iran.

Zarif likened Iran’s relations with India to Pakistan’s ties with Saudi Arabia. “Our relations with India, just like Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia, are not against Islamabad as we understand Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia are not against Iran.” IANS

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