India is already feeling the heat of global warming at present. But a new study claims temperature is set to cross 50-degress Celsius mark by the turn of the century and northern parts of India experiencing acute water scarcity in the coming decades.
Further, the climate change would cost India $200 billion per annum if it fails to take enough measures to counter it and global countries did not cut down on their carbon emissions, the study titled “Climate Change: A Risk Assessment” pointed out.
The study results were released on Monday in London and Mumbai and the survey was carried out by the climate advisors to the governments of the US, UK and China, the world’s biggest emitters of carbon particles.
The global study analysed data from across the world to arrive at the conclusions.
“The water stress will increase in coming years and will have implications on India’s food security,” said Arunabha Ghosh, CEO of Council on Energy, Environment and Water, the Indian partner for the study funded by the UK foreign office.
It was pointed out that the northern part of India including Delhi, Chandigarh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh as high impact zone of climate change in India.
The climate study report said the high heat stress can have various lifestyle implications, including restrictions on outdoor work and sports and not getting sound sleep.
Different scenarios presented in the report say the temperature could rise 8 degrees Celsius, crossing the 50-degree mark in cities like Delhi, Jaipur and Chandigarh during summer.
As a direct fallout of global warming, the extreme rainfall will increase in India and sounded an alarm that frequency of floods will increase in the Gangetic plains.
Due to unpredictable climate, the country’s food security will be adversely impacted with an estimated loss of $200 billion per year by the turn of this century.
This loss estimate has also been in conformity with the assessment made by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute.
The report for the first time showed the dangers facing the internal security because of climate change.
According to the study, the reason for the rise of IS in Syria and Iran was back to back droughts and food crises.