24 July, 2021

It's Too Hot In The Igloo

Extreme weather events hit too close to home in '05. India can no longer avoid the global warming debate. Updates

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It's Too Hot In The Igloo
outlookindia.com
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  • Scenes of Delhi covered in snow in Day After Tomorrow—an exaggerated Hollywood take on global climate change—were dismissed a few years ago as disaster movie drivel. But this past weekend, early morning walkers were startled to find Delhi under a fine layer of frost. North India has experienced the coldest winter in 70 years, with temperatures in the capital on the brink of freezing point. Dal Lake has frozen over for the first time in 20 years. 
  • Nearly 800 people were killed in the worst-ever floods that hit Mumbai in July last year, when the city had 944 mm of rainfall in 24 hours—right up there with Cherrapunji. Other areas of Maharashtra ran up losses of Rs 2,000 crore.
  • Bangalore and Chennai, more prone to water scarcity, were flooded in the last three months. Nearly 50,000 people were evacuated from low-lying areas in Chennai, while India's Silicon Valley was submerged after it rained two days straight.

In recent months, extreme weather events have repeatedly assaulted...

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