India To See More Worse Situation, Says Think Tank Over UN Climate Report

New Delhi: As per the report by the IPCC on climate change, it is very clear that the world will witness greater sea level rise with higher frequency of droughts, floods and heatwaves. The report is alarming for countries like India which has a large population base mainly dependent on agricultural and fishery and they will have to face the situation as they would be the most affected, a Delhi-based environment think-tank said today.

As per the report by Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change or IPCC of UN, it is very clear that the impact of 1.5-degree Celsius warming is greater than what was anticipated earlier, while the impact at 2 degree Celsius is “catastrophic” for the poor and specially for developing nations like India, the Centre for Science and Environment or CSE said.

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

“Even at a little over 1.0 C warming, India is being battered by the worst climate extremes — it is clear that the situation at 1.5 C 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.

According to CSE Deputy Director General Chandra Bhushan, the report makes it quite clear that the impact of 1.5 C warming is greater than what was anticipated earlier.

“Accordingly, the world would witness greater sea level rise, increased precipitation and higher frequency of droughts and floods, hotter days and heatwaves, more intense tropical cyclones, and increased ocean acidification and salinity… Countries like India, with large populations dependent on the agricultural and fishery sectors, would be highly impacted,” he said.

The United Nations said in its landmark report today that avoiding global climate chaos will require a major transformation of society and the world economy that is “unprecedented in scale”.

As per the current levels of emissions of greenhouse, the world may witness 1.5 degree Celsius marker as soon as 2030, and no later than mid-century, United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change or IPCC reported with “high confidence”.

The “biggest” obstacle to forming a global coalition to fight the issue of climate change is the United States and the world should unite against the “obstructive approach” of the US, the CSE said. It also asserted that Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change or UNFCCC cannot be the said to be the only way to solve the climate change.

As per the report, the risk transition from 1.5 degree Celsius to 2 degree Celsius is very high and that the effects at 2 degree Celsius will prove to be more devastating than what IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report had indicated.

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