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Surat, Ahmedabad Responding Well to Climate Change

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Rob Verchick, an environmental law expert pointed to the need of adopting smarter ways to adapt to climate change.

Kolkata: “Current global climate change would result in rise of sea level, making cities like Kolkata and Mumbai are vulnerable to flooding,” said Rob Verchick, who holds the Gauthier-St. Martin Chair in Environmental Law at Loyola University, New Orleans, US. He is also the faculty director of the Center for Environmental Law and Land Use at the university.

Verchick added that Surat and Ahmedabad are responding well to adapt to the climate change. Surat has a climate change board and they are monitoring the situation quite well.

He was addressing students at the School of Oceanography and Environmental Studies, Jadavpur University.

Verchick has recently served US president Barack Obama’s administration as deputy associate administrator for policy at the Environmental Protection Agency.

He pointed to the need of adopting smarter ways to adapt to climate change.

“The first thing we must do is that government and other agencies should look in to assess vulnerability of a place to climate change like temperature, sea level rise etc. Then we have to ask, how will those changes affect the area and then in a democratic process decide what we can do with the area,” he said.

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