Temperature to keep increasing

Posted on December 20, 2011. Filed under: Climate Change |

-New Straits Times-

THE increase in temperature, rainfall and sea level is here to stay until year 2050.

Environment Department Acting Director-General Halimah Hassan said the temperature over the last 50 years had increased between 0.6 to 1.2 degrees Celsius and in the next 40 years it was expected to rise between 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius.

She said rainfall intensity had increased by 17 per cent during a one-hour downpour and 29 per cent during a three-hour shower between 2000 to 2007.

“There will be heavier rains and extreme weather by 2050,” she said at the Ensearch National Photography Competition (ENPC) prize giving ceremony here yesterday.

In terms of rise in sea level, she said there had been a 1.3mm rise per year from 1986 to 2006 measured at Tanjung Piai, Johor.

“Hot weather is often associated with increasing mortality, especially among the elderly,” she said, adding that erratic rainfall patterns could affect agriculture and cause flooding.”

Halimah said public awareness should be created to address climate change efficiently.

“In addition to ongoing efforts, outreach approaches offered by blogs, Facebook, and Twitter could be explored,” she said.

The ENPC said in a statement that the competition held from May to August this year had proved that Malaysians were aware of the growing environmental concerns in Malaysia.

The participants were divided into three categories — Nature In My Backyard, Habitat Lost-Habitat Gained and People and Places.

The participants comprised photographers of various of ages, regions and expertise, and some were secondary school students.

A grand prize winner for People and Places category, Chua Chee Eam, 40, from Penang, said the competition was very useful to promote the beauty of Malaysia.

“By having competitions like this, indirectly we can promote our country overseas.”

Chua had taken a photo of the Bajau tribe in Semporna Island, Sabah, who lived as nomad.

Winner in the special award category, Gabriel Peter, 15, said he was interested to participate in the competition because he realised the importance of natural resources in our society.

“My family and I love nature. I thought it was crucial for me to participate in this competition to show my concerns on environment.”

One of the judges, Sanjitpaal Singh, said in order to win the competitor had to take pictures with meaning.

“Photography is not only an art but also carries visual message,” he said, adding that the competition was aimed at depicting the importance of a clean environment.

The grand prize winners in each category walked away with prizes like Nikon D3100, tickets for Cruise Tasik Putrajaya, KTMB Vouchers, coffee-table books on photography and RM2,500 cash.

The competition was organised by Environmental Management and Research Association of Malaysia.

Read more: Temperature to keep increasing – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/local/general/temperature-to-keep-increasing-1.21554#ixzz1hjQc19bN

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