Climate Change Linked to Severe Heatwaves in India

Climate change is significantly worsening heatwaves in India, making extreme weather events 45 times more likely according to World Weather Attribution. In April 2023, severe heatwaves hit eastern and southern India, impacting health and causing deaths. Traditional methods of measuring heatwaves are outdated, prompting the use of new standards that consider deviations from normal temperatures. India’s response includes heat action plans for 23 states, focusing on water control, adjusting schedules, and cooling public spaces. However, inconsistent casualty reporting and the need for better data collection remain challenges.

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