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Global Environmental Changes in South Asia

A Regional Perspective

  • A. P. Mitra
  • C. Sharma

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvviii
  2. Joyashree Roy, Chhonda Bose, Ranjan Bose, Sarmistha Das, Shobhankar Dhakal, Mitali Dasgupta et al.
    Pages 14-53
  3. A. K. Singhvi, K. Rupakumar, M. Thamban, A. K. Gupta, V. S. Kale, R. R. Yadav et al.
    Pages 54-124
  4. V. K. Dadhwal, V. K. Dadhwal
    Pages 125-170
  5. A. Jayaraman, G. Beig, U. C. Kulshrestha, T. Lahiri, M. R. Ray, S. K. Satheesh et al.
    Pages 171-221
  6. M. Monirul Qader Mirza, Ahsan Uddin Ahmed
    Pages 222-232
  7. S. Nandargi, O. N. Dhar, M. M. Sheikh, Brenna Enright, M. Monirul Qader Mirza
    Pages 244-257
  8. S. N. de Sousa, Ahsan Uddin Ahmed, M. D. Kumar, T. G. Jagtap, S. Sardessai, A. Hassan
    Pages 271-326
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 351-356

About this book

Introduction

The Fourth Assessment Report of IPCC having clinched in 2007 the evidence of global warming on account of anthropogenic activities, backed with scientific data gathered and analyzed globally, has made it mandatory world over to focus efforts on delineation of the anticipated adverse impacts of global warming on regional temperature and moisture regimes and the linked hydrologic, climatic and biospheric processes. First and foremost is the requirement to understand vulnerability to food and livelihood security in various ecosystems—on mainland, mid-range and high mountains as well as coastal areas including CEZs. The projected global temperature rise of the order of about two degrees or more and further rise at a decadal rate of o around 0. 2 C is sufficient to make grievous changes in sea surface level and submerge many low lying coastal areas around the world thereby possibly causing unprecedented losses to human habitat and livelihood in the coming years. A rise in climate variability is also becoming increasingly evident with potential direct impact on agricultural performance, on water accessibility and on weather extremes. Developing countries due to their poor infrastructure, limited resources and large impoverished population are likely to face more intense and wi- spread adverse impact of climate change than the developed world and also have limited adaptation capacity.

Keywords

Global change Global warming Greenhouse gases Southern Oscillation Vulnerability adaptation climate change environmental change

Editors and affiliations

  • A. P. Mitra
  • C. Sharma
    • 1
  1. 1.National Physical LaboratoryNew DelhiIndia

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