From heat beyond one’s means of survival, to shortages of food and water, higher sea levels, to severe economic damage, unless emissions are reduced, India “stands to suffer in severe damage,” the Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned in its latest report released Monday.
The report warned that climate-related risks to farming and food systems in Asia are bound to escalate with changing climate, with varying impacts throughout the region.
A temperature of 31 degrees Celsius can be extremely dangerous to mankind, whereas a temperature of 35 degrees Celsius can no longer be reached for around six hours even for fit and healthy adults resting in the shade.
“Both climate and non-climate factors such as socioeconomic changes have triggered water stress in all parts of Asia,” the report says.
According to the report, variables such as temperature, relative humidity and precipitation are statistically and positively associated with elevated dengue or transmission rates worldwide, inclusive India.
The increased exposure to carcinogenic poisons over several paths is equally worrying, he added.
The report warns of an increase in the sea level, saying that India is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world in terms of the population hit from rising sea levels.
The report found that high warming could cause global GDP to decline by 10-23% by the end of the century against a world that is not warming.