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Title: As temperatures rise, nearly half of South Asia’s population at risk
Date:11 July

Average temperatures have risen over the past six decades and continue to do so in South Asia, making it, particularly India, where 75% of the population is dependent on agriculture, one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change. More than 800 million people, almost half of South Asia’s population, currently live in areas that are projected to become moderate to severe hot spots by 2050 under the carbon-intensive scenario when minimal collective action is taken, according to a recent World Bank report on South Asia’s hot spots. Low-lying coastal areas are at risk because of changes in sea-level rise and tropical storms, while mountain areas are at risk because of changes in snow, melting glaciers and natural disasters. India’s average annual temperatures are expected to rise by 1°C to 2°C by 2050, even if preventive measures are taken as recommended by the Paris climate change agreement of 2015. If no measures are taken, the average temperatures are predicted to increase by 1.5°C to 3°C, stated the report.

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