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India among most vulnerable countries for extreme weather events: Green bodies

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Green bodies Monday expressed concern over the findings of the latest IPCC report, saying is one of the most vulnerable countries for events.

Reacting to the latest report from the Inter-governmental Panel for (IPCC), the said the impact of 1.5 degrees Celsius warming is greater than what was anticipated earlier while the impacts at 2C are "catastrophic" for the poor and for developing nations like

Avoiding global climate chaos will require a major transformation of society and the world economy that is "unprecedented in scale," the IPCC said in a landmark report that warns time is running out to avert a disaster.

At current levels of greenhouse gas emissions, the 1.5 C marker can be breached as early as 2030 and no later than mid-century, the UN's IPCC reported with "high confidence".

The US is the "biggest" obstacle to forming a global coalition to fight and the world needs to unite against the "obstructive approach" of the US, the CSE said, while asserting that Paris Agreement and the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) cannot be the only way ahead to address the climate change.

"The world needs a 'Plan B' to address climate change. must take the lead in forming a global coalition for a 1.5C world to save its poor and vulnerable population," the CSE said.

"Even at a little over 1.0C warming, India is being battered by the worst climate extremes - it is clear that the situation at 1.5C is going to worsen. The new report from IPCC has served us a final warning that we must get our act together -- now and quickly," said Sunita Narain, Director General, CSE.

CSE said the report makes it clear that the impact of 1.5C warming is greater than what was anticipated earlier.

Greenpeace, a non-governmental environmental organization, also expressed concern over India's vulnerability to climate change.

"India is one of the most vulnerable countries for events due to climate change. The IPCC report points out how regions in India will be exposed to extreme heat waves," said Nandikesh Sivalingam, campaign manager, India.

"As per the report, climate change will significantly hamper GDPs of developing economies like India. India's long coastline is already dealing with the effects of sea level rise, which will increase if the we fail to keep temperature rise below 1.5 Degree Celsius," he said

"The country's current push towards electrification of transport has given us a unique opportunity to transform both, our and is on the horizon, from a majorly fossil fuel-powered economy, we are moving to a future powered by But for that to happen effectively, India needs to re-look at its investments on coal and oil," Sivalingam added.

To meet the 1.5 degree target, coal consumption would need to be cut by at least two thirds by 2030 and fall to almost zero in production by 2050, said.

"Renewables would supply 7085 per cent of in 2050, with trends showing even higher potential. The report finds that the substantial improvement in solar, wind and could be a sign that a system transition has already started," it said in a statement.

Avoiding global climate chaos will require a major transformation of society and the world economy that is "unprecedented in scale," the IPCC said in its report that warns time is running out to avert a disaster.

At current levels of greenhouse gas emissions, the 1.5 C marker can be breached as early as 2030 and no later than mid-century, the UN's IPCC reported with "high confidence".

The US is the "biggest" obstacle to forming a global coalition to fight climate change and the world needs to unite against the "obstructive approach" of the US, the CSE said, while asserting that Paris Agreement and the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) cannot be the only way ahead to address the climate change.

"The world needs a 'Plan B' to address climate change. India must take the lead in forming a global coalition for a 1.5C world to save its poor and vulnerable population," the CSE said.

"Even at a little over 1.0C warming, India is being battered by the worst climate extremes - it is clear that the situation at 1.5C is going to worsen. The new report from IPCC has served us a final warning that we must get our act together -- now and quickly," CSE said.

CSE's said the report makes it clear that the impact of 1.5C warming is greater than what was anticipated earlier.

"Countries like India, with large populations dependent on the agricultural and fishery sectors, would be highly impacted," he said.

Coastal nations and agricultural economies like India would be the worst affected and decline in crop yields, unprecedented climate extremes and increased susceptibility could push poverty by several million by 2050, the report said.

The CSE said the current level of climate ambition, as set out under the Paris Agreement, will lead to disastrous effects on the planet as it is not in line with limiting warming to even 2.0C.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 19:55 IST
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