Bangladesh needs to seriously address the threat of prolongation of monsoon pattern that, according to the latest IPCC report, is taking place across the global south, observed climate change experts and activists on Tuesday.
They stressed immediate government action for institution building to tackle the challenge on ensuring food security which is largely dependent on the monsoon cycle in this part of the world.
The observations came from a press conference on a recently published summary of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) 5th Assessment Report (AR5) on physical science basis of climate change.
The press conference was organized jointly by Network For Climate Change, Bangladesh (NCC,B), and Centre for Participatory Research and Development (CPRD) at Dhaka Reporters Unity.
“The summary report for policymakers has forecast that the monsoon is likely to intensify across the south. There is also enough sign for us in recent times. The monsoon in the region is staying longer. It’s likely that the monsoon will last till November in coming days,” said NCC,B coordinator (advocacy) Mizanur Rahman Bijoy.
“The monsoon will weaken for the temperature rise, but it is likely to last longer. And the precipitation will also increase in the region. These factors are posing threat to our agricultural production,” he said.
Mizanur noted that in the report, IPCC categorically said that greenhouse gas emission by human activities is the main cause behind the change in the global climate and gave a call to policymakers to reach to a legally binding agreement to curb the emission.
Speaking on the occasion, climate change specialist Rezaul Karim said the report is a clear message to the non-believers of the climate change phenomenon - it’s happening for sure.
“There is no time to wait. The responsible countries must meet their responsibilities by releasing the funds as per the commitments made before. Our government also needs to put serious efforts.
“We must now focus on capacity building - to be more precise on institution building - to take up the future challenges,” he added.
IPCC at its 26th session at Stockholm on September 26 published the ‘Summary for Policymakers’, which is based on the first component of the IPCC AR5, titled ‘Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis’.
Though already accepted by the IPCC on its 36th session, the full report is yet to be approved in detail.