IPCC report: India to be highly impacted, says CSE

The IPCC climate change report makes it clear that the world will witness greater sea level rise, higher frequency of droughts and floods, and heatwaves and countries like India with large populations dependent on the agricultural and fishery sectors, would be highly impacted, an environmental think-tank said.

The IPCC report makes it clear that the impact of 1.5 degrees Celsius warming is greater than what was anticipated earlier while the impacts at 2 C are "catastrophic" for the poor and for developing nations like India, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said.

Avoiding global climate chaos will require a major transformation of society and the world economy that is "unprecedented in scale," the UN said in a landmark report that warns time is running out to avert disaster.

At current levels of greenhouse gas emissions, we could pass the 1.5 C marker as early as 2030, and no later than mid-century, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) reported with "high confidence".

The US is the "biggest" obstacle to forming a global coalition to fight climate change and the world needs to unite against the "obstructive approach" of the US, the CSE said while asserting that Paris Agreement and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) cannot be the only way ahead to address the climate change.

"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.

(Agencies)