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Handbook of Climate Change and India

Development, Politics and Governance, 1st Edition

Edited by Navroz Dubash


360 pages

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How do policymakers, businesses and civil society in India approach the challenge of climate change? What do they believe global climate negotiations will achieve and how? And how are Indian political and policy debates internalizing climate change? Relatively little is known globally about internal climate debate in emerging industrializing countries, but what happens in rapidly growing economies like India’s will increasingly shape global climate change outcomes.

This Handbook brings together prominent voices from India, including policymakers, politicians, business leaders, civil society activists and academics, to build a composite picture of contemporary Indian climate politics and policy. One section lays out the range of positions and substantive issues that shape Indian views on global climate negotiations. Another delves into national politics around climate change. A third looks at how climate change is beginning to be internalized in sectoral policy discussions over energy, urbanization, water, and forests. The volume is introduced by an essay that lays out the critical issues shaping climate politics in India, and its implications for global politics.

The papers show that, within India, climate change is approached primarily as a developmental challenge and is marked by efforts to explore how multiple objectives of development, equity and climate mitigation can simultaneously be met. In addition, Indian perspectives on climate negotiations are in a state of flux. Considerations of equity across countries and a focus on the primary responsibility for action of wealthy countries continue to be central, but there are growing voices of concern on the impacts of climate change on India. How domestic debates over climate governance are resolved in the coming years, and the evolution of India’s global negotiation stance are likely to be important inputs toward creating shared understandings across countries in the years ahead, and identify ways forward. This volume on the Indian experience with climate change and development is a valuable contribution to both purposes.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jairam Ramesh Introduction Navroz K. Dubash Part 1: Climate Science and Potential Impacts 1. Impacts of Climate Change on India J. Srinivasan 2. Sea Level Rise: Impact on Major Infrastructure, Ecosystems and Land Along the Tamil Nadu Coast Sujatha Byravan, Sudhir Chella Rajan and Rajesh Rangarajan 3. Impact of Climate Change on a Shift of the Apple Belt in Himachal Pradesh, India Ranbir Singh Rana, R.M. Bhagat, Vaibhav Kalia and Harbans Lal 4. India in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change R. Ramachandran Part 2: Past as Prologue: Early Indian Perspectives on Climate Change 5. Global Warming in an Unequal World: A Case of Environmental Colonialism – Select Excerpts Anil Agarwal and Sunita Narain 6. Present at the Creation: The Making of the Framework Convention on Climate Change Chandrashekhar Dasgupta Part 3: The International Climate Negotiations: Stakes, Debates and Dilemmas 7. International Climate Negotiations and India’s Role Sandeep Sengupta 8. The Reach and Limits of the Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities in the Climate Change Regime Lavanya Rajamani 9. Equity and Burden Sharing in Emission Scenarios: A Carbon Budget Approach T. Jayaraman, Tejal Kanitkar and Mario D’Souza 10. Equity in Climate Change: the Range of Metrics and Views Narasimha Rao 11. Climate Change Debate: The Rationale of India’s Position Prodipto Ghosh 12. India’s Official Position: A Critical View based on Science D. Raghunandan 13. A View from the Outside: International Perspectives on India’s Climate Positions Bert Metz, Saleemul Huq, Vice Yu, Ying Chen, Michael Levi Part 4: Domestic Politics of Climate Change 14. Climate Politics in India: Three Narratives Navroz K. Dubash 15. Climate Change and the Indian Environmental Movement Sharad Lele 16. Hiding behind the Poor Debate: A Synthetic Overview Shoibal Chakravarty and MV Ramana 17. Climate Change Debates in the Indian Parliament – Commentary: Suresh Prabhu Excerpts from Lok Sabha Debates and Rajya Sabha Debates 18. Climate Change and the Private Sector Tarun Das 19. Corporate Responses to Climate Change in India Simone Pulver 20. A Change in Climate? Examining Trends in Climate Change Reportage in the Indian Print Media Anu Jogesh Part 5: Integrating Climate Change and Development: A Sectoral View 21. Energy, Development and Climate Change Girish Sant and Ashwin Gambhir 22. Climate Change and Urbanization in India Partha Mukhopadhyay and Aromar Revi 23. Agriculture in the Environment: Are Sustainable Climate Friendly Systems Possible in India? Rajeswari Raina 24. Framework for India’s Strategic Water Resource Management under a Changing Climate Himanshu Kulkarni and Himanshu Thakkar 25. Mitigation or Exploitation? The Climate Talks, REDD and Forest Areas Shankar Gopalakrishnan 26. The Technology Agenda Neha Umarji and Anand Patwardhan Part 6: Looking into the Future 27. Mainstreaming Climate Change Shyam Saran 28. The Geopolitics of Climate Change Nitin Desai

About the Editor

Navroz K. Dubash is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy