Greece has become the first country to create a ministry to address climate change. The country has also appointed former European Union commissioner Christos Stylianides as minister.
Stylianides has served as commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis management before.
He was appointed after the unprecedented wildfires burned more than 1,000 square kilometers of forest on the island of Evia and in southern Greece.
Also, intense heat waves in southern Europe in July and August remain major worries.
These further fueled deadly wildfires in Turkey as well and blazes in Italy, France, and Balkan countries.
As the minister of climate crisis and civil protection, Stylianides will see firefighting, disaster relief and policies regarding adapting to temperature rise.
As per reports, Stylianides will be awarded Greek citizenship before his swearing in on Friday.
Climate change, World and Millets
This year, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 2023 the International Year of Millets, as proposed by India to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
We all know that Millets have immense potential to provide food, nutrition, fodder and livelihood security. But did you know that millets can effectively help us fight against climate change.
Since these are hardy crops, millets can withstand extreme temperatures, floods and droughts. Basically they can easily tolerate weather extremes.
Also, millets’ low carbon footprint helps mitigate the effects of climate change.
A 3,218-kilogram equivalent of carbon dioxide per hectare, as compared to wheat and rice, with 3,968kg and 3,401kg, respectively, on the same measure.
However, wildfires are common in some parts of the word. These are common during the summer season. But the concern remains climate crisis which Greece has created a ministry for.
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