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Dependence on borrowed research has cost India

Even as the Indian Network for Climate Change Assessment — dubbed “the Indian Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)” — released its first report on the impact of climate change in four regions of the country, it admitted that significant research gaps and lack of extensive databases were hampering Indian climate science.

Long-term localised data was not available on vegetation and forest cover, socio-economic trends, farm inputs, pests and crop diseases, terrain, soil profile and land use, according to the 45 scientists who worked on the INCCA study. Even when data collected by various national and regional government institutions was available, it was not made available to the researchers, they complained.

Read more … (The Hindu)

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