The new research conducted by Greenpeace India has highlighted that the maximum temperature in Mumbai and Pune is going to reach up to 45.4C by the 2080-2099 period.
The latest analysis has derived the projections based on the scenarios highlighted under the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) AR6 report. According to the report, the inland cities have a huge risk of rising temperature and heatwaves but the coastal regions will also get severely impacted. The projections mentioned in the study assessed the current rate of carbon emissions which is expected to double by 2050.
The study highlighted that Pune has a rather different environment pattern despite being inland due to its topography. Usually, the temperature in coastal regions lies 5 degrees below as compared to the inland region, the study added.
Avinash Chanchal, campaign manager at Greenpeace India highlighted that the current heatwave condition in India is “fatal for public health and the economy”.It also increases the risk for the whole ecosystem. “if we do not act now, the threat is only going to increase in frequency, duration and magnitude," he said.
The study also highlighted that other cities in the northern region such as Delhi Lucknow, Patna, Jaipur and Kolkata are also at greater risk and they can witness a spike of 4 degrees Celcius by 2080. "The urban poor, outdoor workers, women, children, senior citizens, and sexual minorities are at significantly greater risk, as they lack adequate access to protective measures”, the report added.
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