This article discusses why India needs to worry about climate change.
A report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned of disastrous consequences if current trends of global warming are not reversed immediately. Aayushi Awasthy from the University of East Anglia’s Energy and Resources Institute explains why this has particular consequences for India and South Asia.
The IPCC report, which was released earlier this month, has been called the most extensive warning yet on the risks of rising global temperatures.
The report says that the impact of a 1.5C increase in global temperatures will “disproportionately affect disadvantaged and vulnerable populations through food insecurity, higher food prices, income losses, lost livelihood opportunities, adverse health impacts, and population displacements”.
India stands to be one of the nations most significantly affected, given its huge population and levels of inequality and poverty.