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Heat waves will last 25 times longer in India

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Heat waves will last 25 times longer in India

New Delhi, Nov 2 (Prensa Latina) Heat waves will last 25 times longer than today in India during the period 2036-2065 if greenhouse gas emissions increase global temperatures by four degrees Celsius.
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They could also last more than five times longer if the rise is limited to two degrees, or one and a half times longer if emissions are low and the heat rise is only 1.5 degrees above the pre-industrial level, the Down to Earth portal reported.

Rising heat is likely to affect total labor output, which will decline 13.4 percent in a low-emissions scenario by 2050.

In turn, a four-degree increase will cause agricultural water demand to rise 29 percent by 2050 and agricultural drought to become 48 percent more frequent by 2036-2065.

Similarly, potential fish catches could decline 8.8 percent by 2050 if emissions are low and 17.1 percent if emissions are high.

Without any mitigation, climate change could severely undermine India’s development gains of recent decades.

Excess mortality will increase 10 percent by 2100 under a high-emissions scenario, equivalent to 1.54 million additional deaths per year.

Research by a group of scientists from the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change added that climate impacts will wipe out the richest economies in 30 years if current greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced.

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