India, World’s Second-largest Coal Consumer, Awaits Grim Climate Report


India, World’s Second-largest Coal Consumer, Awaits Grim Climate Report

Recent extreme weather events, such as floods in Kerala, wildfires in Uttarakhand and heat waves in the north and east, have demonstrated how vulnerable India is to climate change. Such events, which cause widespread destruction and impact the availability of food and water, are likely to become more frequent and intense in India because of rising average temperatures.

A new report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a global body of climate change scientists, is being released on October 8, 2018. This report will be an assessment of how effective the initiatives of all nations, including India, are in mitigating the rise in global temperatures.

Early leaks of the report (here and here) indicate its findings are likely to be disquieting. “Climate scientists are struggling to find the right words for very bad news,” said the headline of a story in the Washington Post on October 3, 2018. Read more

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