The government's efforts to implement a national cooling strategy via the India Cooling Action Plan are inadequate
When we hear of climate change, it often triggers images of melting icebergs and long periods of drought. What we often miss is the slow and gradual trend of rising temperatures that directly impacts people’s lives, livelihoods and productivity. Heat is an invisible climate risk that catches communities unaware. In most cases, vulnerable people have limited or no knowledge of how they can protect themselves from heat stress or treat themselves when exposed to extreme heat. Recent research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) suggests that heat waves in South Asia could push heat and humidity levels beyond survivability thresholds of 35°C.