Chennai Lost a Third of Wetlands in a Decade, Finds Anna University Study

The study predicted that Chennai will witness fewer wet days and more dry days due to future climate scenarios.

Chennai lost 33 per cent of wetlands during the last decade as per land use map data, according to a report submitted to the State government.The report on the study of Climate Change on Flooding in select areas of Chennai Metropolitan Area states that from 2006 to 2016, the land use maps highlighted 24 per cent reduction in agriculture land, 15 per cent increase in barren land and 13 per cent increase in settlement area.

The draft report prepared by Anna University, which was submitted to the State Planning Department, stated that during the last decade, the maximum temperature increased by 1.1 degree Celsius and minimum temperature increased by up to 0.5 degree Celsius from 1969 to 2009.The study predicted an increase in maximum and minimum temperatures in the city.

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