35) World Climate Expert Visits ICRISAT (February 2001)

Presenting a report on Climate Change to ICRISAT staff on 12 February, Dr D James Baker, the author of the thought-provoking book "Planet Earth - The View from Space" said that in the last 100 years, global average surface temperatures have risen by 0.4 to 0.8°C.

Dr Baker, who is at present the Administrator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USA, and Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere at the U.S. Department of Commerce, raised several issues that are being discussed by experts on the greenhouse effect, especially in relation to human-induced factors, including agriculture.
Bringing out clearly the current thinking on the Climate Change and its implications, Dr Baker said that it was a difficult issue for mankind to deal with.

Dr Baker has written and spoken extensively about climate, oceanography, sustainable development, and satellite technology issues.

ICRISAT Director General Dr William D. Dar welcomed warmly Dr and Mrs Baker to the Institute, giving them an overview of ICRISAT's research and development thrusts.

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