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Tamanna Inamdar
Tamanna Inamdar | Senior Editor
Updated Jul 20, 2021 | 17:54 IST
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  • Extreme rainfall events become more regular with the latest bout wreaking havoc across several states in India
  • Experts call for recognition of climate change as a major factor behind events of extreme weather
  • Infrastructure plans for cities need to account for climate change impact on extreme rainfall

Meanwhile, over 30 people were killed in Mumbai due to a wall collapsing, landslides, and other rain-related incidents. In Delhi, pictures of a car stuck in a cracked pavement went viral. While these extreme rainfall events expose our weak infrastructure in major cities, there is another phenomenon unfolding that needs to be recognised.,nrl-favourites-2021

"Climate change is now a reality that we are living in", says GP Sharma, President of Meteorology at Skymet, pointing to the extreme weather events that have become a common occurrence.,mate4all-chennai

Experts are now asking for the impact of climate change to be tackled as a multi-disciplinary subject that goes beyond the role of the weatherman and it's a reality not just limited to India. Even as large cities here were grappling with excess rainfall, Europe has faced its worst floods in six decades that have killed 180 people. All indications point to the role of global warming leading to torrential rains.,basketball-world-cup-standings

According to NASA, rising temperatures intensify the Earth's water cycle, increasing evaporation that results in more frequent and intense storms. Meanwhile, some land areas start drying out. UN body IPCC says that for every 1 degree of global warming, monsoon rainfall increases by 5%. These new realities now need different strategies for our policymakers.  ,basketball-queensland-indigenous-pathways-program

online-soccer-manager-young-players,"We have to completely rethink the infrastructure conversation because this phenomenon of extreme rainfall and weather events is only going to increase", says Urban planner Rishi Agarwal.  

Agarwal is concerned that long-standing infrastructure projects like the stormwater drain plan in Mumbai are not redundant due to changing conditions. While we need to prepare for more intense climate events in the way we build our cities, infrastructure, and homes, all hope is not lost. CSE's Avantika Goswami says there is no need to give in to despair. "All of this is absolutely reversible. We can build our cities without sacrificing our wetlands, flood plains, and river watershed areas", she says. The question is, when will we begin to act?,macau-casino-pictures

Watch Tamanna Inamdar discuss the effect of climate change on extreme rainfall events here: ,michigan-handball-association

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