India is more vulnerable to climate change than any other country, according to India’s Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh:
“Forget the Maldives and Bangladesh we are in the frontline.”
• the dependence of Indian agriculture on the vagaries of the monsoon;
• the crucial role played by threatened Himalayan glaciers in regulating water supply for hundreds of millions of Indians;
• the vulnerability of major population centres to sea level rise; and
• the fact that almost all of India’s considerable mineral wealth lies buried beneath forests – how to get at these without contributing to further climate change?
On the positive side, however, the Minister said that climate change also offers huge opportunities for India to become a leader in developing and supplying cleaner technologies to the rest of the world, bringing wider benefits in terms of economic prosperity and jobs.