With rising temperatures and post COVID-19 challenge, can forest management show a way for India? -Anjal Prakash and Dhanapal G

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published Published on Jun 18, 2020   modified Modified on Jun 19, 2020


* A recent report on climate change by the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that nearly 38 percent of the world’s population is vulnerable to the rise in sea level.

* COVID-19 has shown that if push comes to shove, countries do take extreme measures to save lives and livelihoods, and thus answer to what can be done to tackle climate change lies in changing our approach to both mitigate and adapt, write Anjal Prakash and Dhanapal G. in this commentary.

* They argue that protecting forests and forest restoration can improve the livelihood opportunities for many across India.

A recent study has made startling revelations about the rising global temperature. Using global gridded datasets for human population coupled with social and environmental variables, the study has plotted the heat maps explaining the past and present-day human climate niche. The projection shows that in the next 50 years, around one-third of the world’s population will be living in severe heat that is characterised as an average temperature of 29 degree Celsius. Of the top 10 most affected countries, three are in South Asia – India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The number of people exposed to the extreme heat is around 1.2 billion in India, 185 million in Pakistan and 85 million in Bangladesh.

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Mongabay.com, 18 June, 2020, https://india.mongabay.com/2020/06/commentary-with-rising-temperatures-and-post-covid-19-challenge-can-forest-management-show-a-way-for-india/

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