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The 21st United Nations Conference of Parties (COP 21), which started in Paris on Monday has a single, daunting objective - to check the rate of global warming.
The means to achieve this is by limiting dependence on fossil fuel, moving towards renewable sources of energy - wind, solar etc.
Nations - 150 of them have gathered to save the world. Or is it wishful thinking?
The doubt stems from the fact that the United States backed out from the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. And many others followed suit. The protocol asked 37 countries to cut emissions between 2008 and 2012.
Climate change hits developing nations the hardest as the mad race for economic growth makes them overlook ecological concerns.
Industry and urbanisation leads to increased emission of greenhouse gases. This leads to global warming, melting glaciers and raising ocean levels; to heat waves, droughts, floods; and eventually to food insecurity and inflation.
These affect all. And then there are 'climate change refugees' - people who are displaced by environment upheavals and whose livelihoods suffer.
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2010 was the worst in recent history - about 42 million got displaced that year.
Ecological turbulence in Asia increased sharply since the late 20th century. The reason - urban growth and economic development.
Such ecological disasters leads to destruction of homes and agricultural land; farmers lose work.
Post 1991, India has often clocked 7%-8% annual GDP growth. This has led to an increase demand for energy, primarily from coal, gas and diesel. This has led to a jump in green house gas emission - a combination of toxic gases that traps heat in the lower atmosphere and emits radiation, thereby leading to global warming.
India is aiming for a 30%-plus decrease in emissions intensity per unit of GDP and to increase non-fossil fuel power generation, from 30% to about 40% by 2030.
Precipitation by the 2030 may lead to flooding and landslides in North India.
At the same time, sea levels will rise, making India's coastal zone vulnerable to cyclone and saline farmlands.
Clearly, India is not immune to grave ecological threats. The government eyes economic growth, but at the cost of increasing environmental degradation. And we are ill-equipped to fight it.
The result can be disastrous - loss of life, property and livelihood, which will increase forcible migration and displacement.