Why 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 water.

  • 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.

The Cost 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.

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