Dilemmas in Dealing with Climate Change in India

· The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

About this ebook

Be it an extremely hot day or a day of heavy rains, people jokingly attribute the weather to climate change—and that is the sole extent of public discourse on the topic. Seldom does anyone pause to think of such extreme-weather days becoming threateningly frequent and whether that threat is avoidable.

Climate change has complex global, national, and regional implications in its impacts and in the policies to respond to those impacts. For India, the complexities inherent in the policies are magnified because of the country’s size, population, and diversity, both economic and cultural. Opinions vary among experts and policymakers on how India should address the problem of climate change, but a public discourse – a refined and informed one – remains only a distant possibility so far. However, public opinion is necessary for a comprehensive, bold, and successful policy response, and it is important that public opinion be based on a coherent and scientifically robust understanding of the challenges and possible solutions to the threat of climate change.  

Dilemmas in Dealing with Climate Change in India invites the general public to engage with the issue of climate change, shows how it affects the country and the lives of its citizens, and suggests what should be done to counter climate change. The book sets out themes that its readers can readily relate to and those that will prompt readers to want to know more, challenges them to form informed opinions, but also cautions them about forming them in haste—a must-read for those looking for a source that explains climate change simply, clearly, and concisely.





Climate change: a scientific perspective

How should India be concerned about climate change?

India and the global politics of climate change

The landscape of adaption policy

Climate change mitigation in India

The capacity challenge to implementation

Social objectives and climate policy

India’s net-zero target: the context and road ahead

A just transition: difficult choices

The not-so-changing landscape of climate governance



About the author

Manish Shrivastava is Senior Fellow at The Energy and Resources Institute and also an associate editor of the journal Climate Action. His research focuses on normative policy dimensions of climate change in the context of justice, governance capacity, and technological change from a developing-country perspective. Dr Shrivastava has taught climate policy at the TERI School of Advanced Studies and worked as a researcher at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and at the Council for Social Development and holds a master’s degree in economics and a doctorate in science policy. He is also a theatre enthusiast.

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