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India May Suffer Devastating Climate Change Impact In 80 Years: Study

India May Suffer Devastating Climate Change Impact In 80 Years: Study

The study, published in the journal 'Earth Systems and Environment' last month, suggests that northwestern India is at "particularly high risk" to flooding from snow and glacier melt caused by temperatures projected to rise by the end of the 21st century.

New Delhi: India may face devastating climate change effects, including killer heat waves and severe floods, in the next 80 years, says a study that calls for urgent steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to avert associated risks to the country's population, ecosystems and economy.

Annual mean temperatures across India are likely to increase by 4.2 degrees Celsius under a high emission scenario by the end of the 21st century, the researchers, led by Professor Mansour Almazroui from the King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia, said.

"India is the most densely populated region in the world, with relatively high sensitivity and low resilience to changes in its climate, all of which makes it very exposed and vulnerable to any changes that may occur during the rest of the 21st century," Mr Almazroui told news agency Press Trust of India.

"A large part of India's population, ecosystems, and economy are all exposed to high risk in the face of future climate change," he said.

The study, published in the journal 'Earth Systems and Environment' last month, suggests that northwestern India is at "particularly high risk" to flooding from snow and glacier melt caused by temperatures projected to rise by the end of the 21st century.
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