should India be Concerned about Climate Change?
No one will be immune, but climate change will
have a disproportionate effect on the lives of people living
in poverty in developing countries. Poverty increases people's
exposure, and climate change increases the risks making people
living in poverty and poor communities most vulnerable.
Sea levels could increase by
50cm - Almost twice as many people as now would
be exposed to severe flooding from storm surges. The majority
of people who would be affected live along the coasts
of South and South East Asia.
Water availability could decline
- Over three billion people in the Middle East and the
Indian sub-continent could be facing acute shortages of
Seasonal rainfall patterns could
be severely disrupted - Drought and floods could
increase, but the most damaging shifts would likely be
relatively small changes in rainfall which, cumulatively,
could dramatically decrease global crop yields. Areas
such as sub-Saharan Africa, India, Bagladesh and tropical
areas of Latin America could face acute food insecurity.
The frequency and intensity of
extreme weather events could increase - Leading
to loss of life, injury, mass population dislocations,
and economic devastation of poor countries.
Human health could suffer from
a combination of effects - People's resistance
to disease could be weakened by heat stress, water shortages,
and malnutrition. Increases in air pollution could lead
to a rise in respiratory deseases.
of Climate Change: India the biggest loser
Lehman Brothers have come out with a report on CLIMATE
CHANGE and one of the most interesting points to emerge out
of this report is how the costs of climate change are distributed.
Perhaps shockingly, the reports estimate that India has the
most to loose. As graphs indicate, India will suffer an estimated
5% loss of GDP due to an increase of 2.5 degrees centigrade
in temperature. This is twice the cost to the European Union
, the biggest OECD looser. The impact of higher increase in
temperature will be even more devastating.