Climate change is a long-term change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods of time that range from decades to millions of years. It may be a change in the average weather conditions or a change in the distribution of weather events with respect to an average, for example, greater or fewer extreme weather events. Climate change may be limited to a specific region, or may occur across the whole Earth.
1. India's Climate Change Challenge
India is one of the world’s leading emitters of CO2 and, according to a recent study by Yale and Columbia, ranks 126 out of 132 countries on environmental performance—the lowest of any country in Asia. The government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has argued that India must make addressing climate change a national priority, and both industry and policy groups have ambitious plans for promoting environmental security while sustaining economic growth.
To better understand efforts to address the impacts of climate change in India, NBR spoke with Anjali Jaiswal, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Ms. Jaiswal’s work focuses on litigation to protect the environment and on NRDC’s India initiative aimed at fostering collaboration between the United States and India. In this interview, she highlights a range of environmental challenges facing India, identifies areas and opportunities for advancing policy momentum on climate action, and describes the significant role of the private sector in enabling U.S.-India cooperation.
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2. Climate Change Perspectives from India
3. Climate Change: Challenges to sustainable development in India
4. Climate change and India’s energy policy