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Chandrashekhar Dasgupta: Dealing with climate change

Only rapid development can make India less vulnerable.  Two recent reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paint a vivid and stark picture of the expected extent of global warming in the coming decades and its impacts on life on our planet. The latest scientific "best estimates" indicate that on an average, temperatures will rise within a range of 1.8 to 4.0 degrees Centigrade by the end of this century. Among the expected impacts of global warming on this scale are a reduction in the thickness and extent of glaciers, sea-level rise, inundation of low-lying ...