Climate change may reduce farm incomes in India by 15%

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In specific countries, this could mean heatwaves could last at least 10 times longer in all G20 countries, with heatwaves in Argentina, Brazil and Indonesia lasting over 60 times longer by 2050….reports Asian Lite News

Climate impacts would tear through G20 countries without urgent action to reduce emissions, and in India, it could mean declines in rice and wheat production, causing economic losses of up to 81 billion euros and a loss of 15 per cent of farmers’ incomes by 2050, a new report revealed on Thursday

The first study of its kind, the G20 Climate Impacts Atlas by the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC), the leading Italian research centre on climate change and National Focal Point for the IPCC, collates scientific projections of how climate impacts will play out in the world’s richest countries over the coming years.

It finds that on a high-emissions pathway, climate impacts spiral to cause devastating damage across the G20.

The research shows that rising temperatures and intense heatwaves could cause severe droughts; threatening essential water supplies for agriculture, causing huge loss of human life and increasing the chance of deadly fires.

In specific countries, this could mean heatwaves could last at least 10 times longer in all G20 countries, with heatwaves in Argentina, Brazil and Indonesia lasting over 60 times longer by 2050.

In Australia, bushfires, coastal floods and hurricanes could raise insurance costs and reduce property values by A$611 billion by 2050.

The report finds that without urgent action to reduce carbon emissions, GDP losses due to climate damage in G20 countries increase each year, rising to at least four per cent annually by 2050.

This could reach over eight per cent by 2100, equivalent to twice the bloc’s economic losses from Covid-19. Some countries will be even worse hit, such as Canada, which could see at least 4 per cent knocked off its GDP by 2050 and over 13 per cent — 133 billion euros — by 2100.

Donatella Spano of the CMCC, who coordinated the report, said: “From droughts, heatwaves and sea level rise, to dwindling food supplies and threats to tourism — these findings show how severely climate change will hit the world’s biggest economies, unless we act now.

“As scientists, we know that only rapid action to tackle emissions and adapt to climate change will limit the severe impacts of climate change. At the upcoming summit, we invite G20 governments to listen to the science and put the world on a path to a better, fairer and more stable future.”

From coastal erosion to the spread of tropical diseases, every G20 country is at risk from the impacts of climate change. The research shows in Europe, deaths from extreme heat could rise from 2,700 per year to 90,000 each year by 2100 on a high emissions pathway.

By 2050, potential fish catch could fall by a fifth in Indonesia — uprooting hundreds of thousands of livelihoods.

The sea level rise could wreck coastal infrastructure within 30 years, with Japan set to lose 404 billion euro and South Africa 815 million euro by 2050, on a high emissions pathway.

Conversely, the faster G20 countries adopt low-carbon policies, the less the climate impacts cascade and the more manageable they become. Limiting temperature rise to two degrees Celsius could see the cost of climate impacts in the G20 drop to just 0.1 per cent of its total GDP by 2050 and 1.3 per cent by 2100.

At the Paris Agreement, signed in 2015, countries agreed to limit global heating to acewell below” two degrees –however, current policies and promises put the world on track for about three degrees.

Laurence Tubiana, head of the European Climate Foundation and one of the architects of the Paris Agreement, said: “The window to act is closing fast. As the G20 countries incentivize economic recovery from Covid-19 and prepare climate plans ahead of COP26, they face an urgent choice: to protect the global economy and make a rapid transition to a low-carbon future; or derail the global economy by pursuing polluting policies. It’s time for the G20 to make its economic agenda a climate agenda.”

India, Brazil to protect developing countries’ interests

With barely four days to go for start of the annual climate change conference, COP26, India on Wednesday held a meeting with Brazil wherein the two nations agreed to “protect the interests of developing nations”.

The annual Conference of Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is to take place from October 31 at the UK’s Glasgow. The rift between rich, developed nations and poor, developing nations becomes prominent at the COP when the countries negotiate actions to reduce emissions to restrict global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial era.

“Critical issues of climate finance and technology transfer were discussed at length and both sides agreed to protect the interests of developing nations at the upcoming COP26,” India’s Environment, Forests, and Climate Change Minister Bhupender Yadav tweeted after the virtual meeting.

The issues related to forestry, biodiversity, and the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework were also discussed.

“Protecting the interest of developing countries” is important in view of the fact that rich nations are demanding enhanced emission cuts from poorer countries but not ready to pay for their historical emissions that are responsible for the temperature rise leading to catastrophic conditions already.

India and Brazil are important partners in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) and LMDC (Like Minded Developing Countries) that are several of the multilateral pressure groups/negotiating groups that work for the interests of developing countries.

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