India Scorching Part 1


Heat is scorching India, with temperatures in northern regions reaching unprecedented levels of 50 degrees Celsius. Delhi has seen highs of 52.9 degrees, while early monsoon drizzles in Bombay bring uncomfortable humidity. This escalating crisis threatens India's economy, with projections indicating a 4.5% GDP reduction by 2030 due to rising heat. Vulnerable populations are disproportionately affected, and over 25,000 lives were lost to heatwaves between 1990 and 2020. This two-part episode of The Morning Brief podcast explores the devastating effects on agriculture, labor productivity, and public health. Host Anirban Chowdhury discusses with Avinash Kishore of IFPRI, Aditya Valiathan Pillai of SFC, Saransh Bajpai of WRI India and Ratna Bhushan of ET. The inadequate responses like increased air conditioning and highlight the urgent need for robust heat action plans. Listen to this very crucial episode as experts propose comprehensive strategies for developing a heat-resilient nation, aiming to safeguard both people and the economy from the relentless heat. Tune in! 

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