Women Walking Across Rice Paddy in India

India

At a Glance

India’s diverse climate zones, ecosystems, and topography translate to unevenly distributed climate risks across the country. In the agriculturally important regions, rising temperatures, and increased extent and incidence of droughts have caused declines in rice and wheat yields. India’s most important river systems are fed by Himalayan glaciers, which are threatened by warming temperatures, severely impacting water availability for agricultural, domestic, and industrial use. In recent years, India experienced various extreme weather events which have increased the risk of heat-related issues such as stroke, exhaustion, and even death. India is the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Emissions through 2040 are expected to grow more than the rest of developing Asia combined as the economy grows and as India seeks to provide electricity access to the millions of people who lack it.

    Climate Projections and Impacts

    Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2017) for more information

    Climate Projections

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    Increased Severity of Droughts & Heat Waves

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    Increased Flooding from Sea Level Rise and Extreme Precipitation Events

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    Increased Temperature

    Key Climate Impact Areas

    Agriculture

    Ecosystems

    Human Health

    Water

    Funding and Key Indicators

    Refer to metadata and sources for more details.


    USAID Climate Change Funding (2020)

    Total

    $19.5 Million

    Adaptation

    $6.5 Million

    Clean Energy

    $7 Million

    Sustainable Landscapes

    $6 Million

    GAIN Vulnerability

    Medium

    Population (2020)

    1.3 Billion

    Glacier-Dependent

    Yes

    GHG Emissions Growth

    2.41%

    % Forested Area

    23.8%

    Climate Change Information

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    Stories from the Area

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