Topic: climate change

Mitigating Risk and Vulnerability: Household-Level Responses to Drought

A survey of five drought prone states across India by ISB researchers shows that even as farming households wait for elusive government support, they devise their own coping mechanisms to address the fallout of drought. Having said that, the findings of the study point to the urgency for decision makers to prioritise drought mitigation, and adaptation strategies and for better …

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Impact of Climatic Conditions on GDP

A one degree Celsius increase in daily mean temperatures would on an average decrease agricultural output by 11% in India. The overall GDP, as a result, would reduce by 28%, making the 8% per annum GDP growth rate a pipedream. The consequences of climate change could be devastating, if policy makers continue to ignore it. Agricultural output would fall resulting …

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Climate and Society: Beyond General Circulation Models

Responses to climate change need to be understood at different temporal and spatial scales of its contingent formation, rather than being derived mechanistically through analyses of presumed climate impacts. Governmental, social, and household level responses to climate change must be undertaken despite substantial uncertainty about the location, intensity, frequency, and disruptive potential of many climate impacts and ongoing social transformations. At …

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Institutional Arrangements for Evolving Climate Policy in India

A right mix of top-down and bottom-up approach is needed for meaningful outcomes from a climate policy. To this end, the strengthening of institutional aspects are crucial in facilitating and engaging players and institutions at all levels to effectively implement both national and state level climate action plans. Developing countries are increasingly vulnerable to climate change related risks due to their …

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From Apple Juice to Garlic Pickle: Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalayas

Democratic governance at multiple scales and articulation between institutions across scales are critical components of successful adaptation by communities to climate change. It is through self-organised adaptation by means of ongoing, multi-directional, and organic processes of engagement that broader strategies emerge to address climate change. Tropes of catastrophe have dominated conversations about climate change and its impact on communities. More often …

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Coping with the Effects of Climate Change

Arun Agrawal is the Samuel Trask Dana Professor of Governance and Sustainability, at the University of Michigan, USA. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the renowned journal World Development, and is considered an authority on environmental governance as well as social dimensions of climate change. He has published two books and dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles, including several in Science, Nature, …

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Leaving a Trail of Carbon Footprints

Greenhouse gas emissions, if left unchecked, can have disastrous consequences on the Earth. Professor Ram Ganeshan traces the carbon footprints of different entities and calls for a concerted response to reduce our impact on the planet. There will be no polar ice by 2060 ... Somewhere along that path, the polar bear drops out. – Larry Schweiger, President, National Wildlife Federation. A “carbon …

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Climate Change: Action Plan Required

Dr R K Pachauri was at the Indian School of Business (ISB) recently to preside over a symposium, “Climate Change and Sustainability.” He interacted with the students as part of the festivities surrounding the Global Social Venture Competition (Asia-Africa). Assistant Professor Gireesh Shrimali moderated the interaction. There are considerable uncertainties about climate change with widespread agreement among scientists but disagreement among …

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