Environmental News from India:
India on Monday reiterated its commitment to environmental and climate causes as the country struggles with intense heat waves in different parts of the country. Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh, who is visiting Germany, said that the country is working towards its commitment at COP 26 of achieving net-zero emissions by 2070.
Singh held delegation-level talks with his German counterpart, Ms. Steffi Lemke, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety, and Consumer Protection, in Berlin as part of the India-Germany inter-governmental commission.
The two leaders discussed adaptation to climate change, biological diversity, oceans, and artificial intelligence for environmental protection.
Dr. Jitendra Singh expressed interest to augment cooperation in the field, including Model Development, Application of Forecasts in renewable energy, and the use of Artificial Intelligence/Machine learning.
For strengthening mutual collaboration between MoES institutions and German scientific/ research agencies, Dr. Jitendra Singh proposed to develop bilateral cooperation in areas of-Probabilistic Tsunami Hazard Assessments, early detection of tsunamis, including ‘atypical tsunami’ generated by the undersea landslides, which are triggered by earthquakes.
For bilateral cooperation in Ocean Exploration, the minister highlighted that the Blue Economy is an important dimension of Vision New India and proposed joint collaboration in areas like Coastal Marine Spatial Planning and Tourism, Marine fisheries, aquaculture, and fish processing, Coastal, and deep-sea mining and offshore energy.
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