Two glaring symptoms of global warming: Drought & Heatwaves

Girl Collecting water

(Image from thehindu.com)

Time to spend money and attention on adaptation

Price water. Please. We do not have the luxury to waste water on growing low-yielding rice varieties and sustaining 300 million cows & buffaloes.

However, the current machinery extracts significant rent from crises. Emergencies give procedural checks and balances a go-bye making an already leaky system entirely porous.

Speaking for myself, living in 40C + weather daily. This is how it feels.

Morning walks are impossible unless one starts before 7 am. Stepping outside in the day, the first assault is of hot dry air on one’s cheeks. Then the sun hits the head. Even with head covered, tiresomeness sets in after a few minutes. Forget irritability, there is no energy to be angry. One feels parched. The fortunate have access to water.

What a hellish existence is it when in this heat, with no option but to work out in the sun people have little access to water.

Drought

http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/gujarat-water-crisis-dams-and-reservoirs-go-dry-as-state-races-against-time-116050301011_1.html

http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/rajasthan-s-deepening-water-crisis-116050300933_1.html

http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/odisha-govt-moves-to-mitigate-drinking-water-scarcity-116050301080_1.html

Heat Wave

https://weather.com/news/weather/news/parts-of-india-ban-daytime-cooking-amid-deadly-heatwave

http://blogs.wsj.com/briefly/2016/04/28/indias-deadly-heat-wave-and-drought-the-numbers/

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