Climate change could worsen India' performance on social indices and hinder the achievement of the sustainable development goals.
Climate change hurts everyone but India’s poor are particularly vulnerable. Last year’s Economic Survey highlighted how climate change adversely affects agriculture productivity and farm incomes.
And a new study by K.N. Ninan from the Centre for Economics, Environment and Society published in the Economic and Political Weekly takes the analysis further by showing how climate change will aggravate rural poverty in the future. Using data from the household consumer spending surveys conducted by the National Sample Survey Office, he estimates that climate change will not only increase the population living under poverty but also aggravate the conditions of those living in poverty.