Climate change forces Uttarakhand farmers to migrate -Kasturi Das
Study finds populations of some higher-altitude districts in Himalayan state have already dropped.
Climate change in Uttarakhand will increasingly force people to abandon farming at high altitudes and move to the plains over the next 30 years. A new study on the state in the middle of the Himalayan range by the Germany-based Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi has forecast the worst impacts will be in higher elevations. This may accelerate the trend of people migrating and leaving land fallow.
Uttarakhand, a state in northern India that covers an area bigger than Costa Rica, may be 1.6-1.9 degrees Celsius warmer by 2050. Its residents are already experiencing the impacts of climate change, such as changing temperatures, upward-moving snowlines, receding glaciers, erratic rainfall, reduction of snow in winter, changed cropping seasons, shifting cultivation zones for certain crops, and drying up of perennial streams, as pointed out in the state government’s action plan on climate change (SAPCC).
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TheThirdPole.net, 17 May, 2021, https://www.thethirdpole.net/en/climate/climate-change-forces-migration-uttarakhand-farmers