Jun 2, 2015

India minister blames climate change for deadly heatwave, weak monsoon

Chandrapur, Maharashtra1
Jharsuguda, Odisha1
Hyderabad, Telangana
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh3
Khammam, Telangana1
New Delhi, Delhi1
Daltonganj, Jharkhand
Palamau, Madhya Pradesh
Nagpur, Maharashtra1
India
by
Rohit Inani
,
Reuters
Girls, with faces covered to protect themselves from sun stroke, walk along a road on a hot summer day in Allahabad, India, May 29, 2015. Image:Jitendra Prakash, Reuters
Girls, with faces covered to protect themselves from sun stroke, walk along a road on a hot summer day in Allahabad, India, May 29, 2015. Image:Jitendra Prakash, Reuters

India's earth sciences minister has blamed climate change for a heatwave that has killed 2,500 people and for deficient monsoon rains, after the government said on Tuesday the country was headed for its first drought in six years. "Let us not fool ourselves that there is no connection between the unusual number of deaths from the ongoing heat wave and the certainty of another failed monsoon," Harsh Vardhan said. "It's not just an unusually hot summer, it is climate change," he said. The minister's comments affirm warnings from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that India will be hit by frequent freak weather patterns if the planet warms.