India’s temperature conditions are worsening with every passing year and the climate change effects will be severe in the years to come, says a new study on October 31, 2019
In its new study conducted at the University of Chicago, the Tata Center for Development (TCD) confirmed that 1.5 million more people are likely to die in India annually by 2100 due to extreme heat.
The report was released in the presence of the Union Jal Shakti minister G S Shekhawat.
60 Deaths per 1 Lakh People!
This is the first-of-its-kind joint study by TCD and Climate Impact Lab, in the series of findings on climate change effects on human and economic costs in India.
According to the study, the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions are likely to take India’s average annual temperature to 4 degree Celsius more by that year.
“India is projected to see an increase of death rates due to climate change equal to about 10 per cent of the current death rate. That is 60 deaths per 1,00,000 population by the end of the century under the scenario of continued emissions,” the study said.
The average of hot days across the country, currently at 35 degree Celsius, is likely to grow eight times per year to reach 42.5 degree Celsius.
“Six states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra are estimated to contribute 64 per cent of the total excess deaths — more than 1.5 million deaths each year in all — due to temperature rises caused by climate change,” says the research.
“Having already seen 2,500 deaths due to a heat wave in 2015, the future is going to be even more worrying if India and the world does not change course to mitigate the harmful effects of climate change,” says Amir Jina, member of the Climate Impact Lab.