Contents: Foreword by Nitin Desai. Preface. 1. An Introduction to India’s Evolving Climate Change Debate: From Diplomatic Insulation to Policy Integration/Navroz K. Dubash. Section I: Climate Change Impacts. 2. Impact of Climate Change on India/Srinivasan. 3. Changing Climate and Weather: Evidence from Attribution Science/Krishna Achuta Rao and Friederike Otto. 4. Impacts of Global Warming in India: Narratives from Below/Nagraj Adve. Section II: International Debates and Negotiations. 5. Global Warming in an Unequal World: A Case of Environmental Colonialism/Anil Agarwal and Sunita Narain. 6. Equity in Long-Term Mitigation/Tejal Kanitkar and T. Jayaraman. 7. India’s Engagement in Global Climate Negotiations from Rio to Paris/Sandeep Sengupta. 8. Present at the Creation: The Making of the Framework Convention on Climate Change/Chandrashekhar Dasgupta. 9. One Long Day in Copenhagen/Shyam Saran. 10. Reaching Agreement in Paris: A Negotiator’s Perspective/Ashok Lavasa. 11. India in International Climate Negotiations: Chequered Trajectory/Raghunandan. 12. Understanding the 2015 Paris Agreement/Lavanya Rajamani. 13. India and Paris: A Pragmatic Way Forward/Ajay Mathur. 14. Making Sense on Its Own Terms: India in the HFC and Aviation Negotiations/Arunabha Ghosh. Section III: Politics. 15. Climate Change, Civil Society and Social Movement in India/Pradip Swarnakar. 16. Business Action on Climate Change: A Perspective from the Private Sector/Shankar Venkateswaran and Mukund Rajan. 17. Energy and Climate Change: A Just Transition for Indian Labour/Ashim Roy, Benny Kuruvilla and Ankit Bhardwaj. 18. Looking Out, Looking In: The Shifting Discourse on Climate Change in the Indian Print Media/Anu Jogesh. Section IV: Policy. 19. National Climate Policies and Institutions/Navroz K. Dubash and Shibani Ghosh. 20. From Margins to Mainstream?: State Climate Change Planning in India/Navroz K. Dubash and Anu Jogesh. 21. State Climate Change Planning: Has It Reached the Mainstream?/Elizabeth Gogoi. 22. Climate Finance/Koyel Kumar Mandal. 23. Managing the Climate Technology Transition/Ambuj Sagar. Section V: Climate and Development. 24. Aligning Energy, Development, and Mitigation/Ashok Sreenivas and Ashwin Gambhir. 25. Urban India and Climate Change/Radhika Khosla and Ankit Bhardwaj. 26. Climate Change and India’s Forests/Sharachchandra Lele and Jagdish Krishnaswamy. 27. Climate Adaptation in the Water Sector in India/Veena Srinivasan. 28. Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation: Agriculture/K.S. Kavi Kumar and Brinda Viswanathan. 29. Shoring Up: Climate Change and the Indian Coasts and Islands/Rohan Arthur. Index.
Riven with scientific uncertainty, contending interests, and competing interpretations, the problem of climate change poses an existential challenge. For India, such a challenge is compounded by the immediate concerns of eradicating poverty and accelerating development. Moreover, India has played a relatively limited role thus far in causing the problem. Despite these complicating factors, India has to engage this challenge because a pathway to development innocent of climate change is no longer possible. The volume seeks to encourage public debate on climate change as part of India’s larger development discourse. This volume brings together leading researchers and practitioners—negotiators, activists, and policymakers—to lay out the emergent debate on climate change in India. Through these chapters, the contributors hope to deepen clarity both on why India should engage with climate change and how it can best do so, even while appreciating and representing the challenges inherent in doing so.