The costs of climate change impacts for India: a preliminary analysis

The costs of climate change impacts for India: a preliminary analysis

This working paper tries to estimate the cost of global climate change impacts for India.

The study finds that climate change will result in significant economic losses for India across sectors, including agricultural production. There is likely to be a need for additional power generation for meeting higher cooling energy needs of India. The paper argues that health impacts should be best measured in terms of deaths due to higher incidence of diseases, including diarrhoea, malaria and dengue. A loss of economic output is also predicted.

The cost of global inaction on mitigating climate change is predicated to be in the range of .45% - 1.19% of India’s GDP and .59% - 1.17% of India’s GDP in 2050 and 2100 but the paper says that as non-linear impacts at higher temperatures are included and further sectors are valued, this estimate is likely to multiply many folds.

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