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McKinsey Report: Chilling news for India on global warming

-Hindustan Times

McKinsey report paints a dire climate picture for India which it can’t escape without coordinated global action

A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), on the likely consequences of global warming for Asia, has some very dire projections for India—bear in mind, the report projects Asia to suffer the brunt of the climate change impact. MGI’s may not be the first such projection for India, but at a time when the debate has erupted over whether there is still time for meaningful climate action, or the world has woken up too late, this serves as a reminder of the worst that the country must prepare for. In the absence of adaptation and mitigation measures, leading to a representative concentration pathway of 8.5 (the highest GHG concentration pathway by 2100, as worked out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), by 2050, the country is projected to lose, in terms of doing outdoor work, nearly a third of the daylight hours in a day; indeed, four of the five most populous cities will see the average share of outdoor working hours lost in a year increasing by more than 5 percentage points compared with today. Nearly 500 million people will be living in areas that would witness lethal heatwaves. The likelihood of a more-than 10% decline in yields of four top crops, including rice and wheat, will grow from 12% today to 39% by then.

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