India faces major climate changes

A report says global warming could make India two degrees Celsius warmer on average within 20 years, though some coastal regions could see much higher temperatures. Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh says the new report shows India is among the most vulnerable countries to climate change. The study by the Indian Network for Climate Change Assessment says the temperature shift will mean more rainfall, especially in the Himalayas and the northeast, but fewer days of rain, meaning more likelihood of flooding and drought. Disruption of India’s rain cycles would wreak havoc on water supplies and agriculture – the key source of livelihood for most of India’s 1.2 billion people.Activists said on Wednesday the report renews pressure on governments to take action to curb global warming.



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