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India should prepare for extreme weather events – editorials

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An extreme weather event occurred almost every month in India in 2018 and 2019, according to the State of the Environment of India 2020 report, published by the Center for Science and Environment and Down to earth, last week. In terms of deaths, 48% of deaths in Asia due to extreme weather events occurred in India (2018-19). In 2019, there were more deaths in India, although the number of such events was smaller: 2,038 people died in 2019 due to extreme weather events, compared to 1,396 in 2018. While such events have always occurred, the report adds. , his character is changing, and now there is a clear trace of global warming in them.

While the impact of the climate crisis is observed in all sectors (which affect health, education, livelihoods), several studies indicate that a clear link is emerging between the climate crisis and social instability. A 2018 study, Climate Change and Violent Conflict: Little Evidence from South Asia and Southeast Asia, The Stockholm International Institute for Peace Research said that as the effects of the climate crisis on livelihoods become more pronounced, support for rebel groups is likely to trigger.

In India, climate migration is leading to a complicated and challenging situation. There is a growing nativism and competition for resources, on the one hand, which has led to an anti-migrant sentiment, even when it comes to citizens from other parts of the country. But on the other hand, the climate crisis is leading to greater migration and mobility. These two parallel developments can lead to a crisis unless they are handled with care.

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