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Climate change in India: A growing environmental crisis

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Murali Krishnan writes from New Delhi for Deutsche Welle (DW): As torrential rains cause flash floods and landslides in India, the country grapples with yet another environmental crisis that comes soon after unbearable heat wave.

In a nutshell:

India is a country of extremes. Extreme topography from the Himalayas to the Indian Ocean. Extreme heat this past June that drove temperatures as high as 45 degrees Celsius (113 F) and caused no end of misery, most especially among those without the means to cool themselves. Now comes extreme rainfall—monsoons on steroids—that prompt landslides and flash floods, and with it, death and destruction and misery.

Key quote:

"South Asia has become the poster child of climate change," Roxy Mathew Koll, a climate scientist at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology in Pune, told DW. "The entire region, not just India, is witnessing a clear trend in rising heat waves, floods, landslides, droughts and cyclones. This is already affecting the food, water and energy security of the region."

Big picture:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has long been criticized for his fierce protection of India's coal industry, going so far as to unleash tax raids on coal critics. Modi's climate policy and has generally favored a relaxed timeline for winding down greenhouse gas emissions, vowing to reach net zero a comfortable 50 years from now without offering a realistic plan for getting there. Meanwhile, the latest UN assessment differs starkly from the current priorities of the Modi government and warns of imminent catastrophe without drastic emissions cuts before 2030.

Read the full story from Deutsche Welle (DW).

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