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USD10 billion climate-change loss and INR80 crore to plug it. More bad news: The impact will worsen.

Studies have established that floods, cyclones, rising sea-levels, and heat stress are all going to become more frequent. This makes it imperative for India to shift the focus from what the studies say to what they mean — the country needs policy measures to build resilience against climate change and has to invest way more in it than it now does.
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22 Jun 2020 6 Mins Read 4 comments
A tree uprooted during the cyclone, Amphan, in Kolkata last month. The frequency of such extreme-climate events is expected to increase in the future. Getty Images
A tree uprooted during the cyclone, Amphan, in Kolkata last month. The frequency of such extreme-climate events is expected to increase in the future.
Last year when ET Prime took to the hinterland to produce a five-part series on climate-induced migration, it was not even an issue of note for policymakers. A lot has changed since then, thanks primarily to the ongoing pandemic which revealed the fault lines in India’s migration policy. While the Covid-19 crisis may be resolved in a year or
groundwater levels.” This in turn would not only provide relief from water security and build resilience against droughts but also help check land subsidence, consequently reducing the impact of sea-level rise and storm surge. Clearly, assessing climate-change impact is just a beginning. Acting on its findings is what will make the difference. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)
Last year when ET Prime took to the hinterland to produce a five-part series on climate-induced migration, it was not even an issue of note for policymakers. A lot has changed since then, thanks primarily to the ongoing pandemic which revealed the fault lines in India’s migration policy. While the Covid-19 crisis may be resolved in a year or groundwater levels.” This in turn would not only provide relief from water security and build resilience against droughts but also help check land subsidence, consequently reducing the impact of sea-level rise and storm surge. Clearly, assessing climate-change impact is just a beginning. Acting on its findings is what will make the difference. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)

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