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Looming catastrophe: climate change to claim 1.3 lakh lives in India in 2050

Sourjya Bhowmick | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:48 IST

Climate change is causing chaos in the environment worldwide. That's not something we haven't heard a billion times.

But do we have any idea as to what its impact is and will be in India when it comes to a rising body count? A latest study, published in medical journal Lancet, carried out be University of Oxford, hints at what is coming.

Here are snapshots:


  • Number of people who could die due to climate change in India in 2050.
  • The reason: fluctuations in diet and bodyweight due to fall in crop productivity.


  • Number of global deaths due for similar reasons in 2050.
  • That means that 1 in 4 global deaths due to climate change will occur in India.
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  • Number of deaths that could be prevented if there is adequate food productivity.
  • "Changes in food availability and intake affect dietary and weight-related risk factors such as low fruit and vegetable intake, high red meat consumption and high bodyweight. These all increase the incidence of non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, stroke and cancer, as well as death from those diseases," said Marco Springmann, a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Population Health, University of Oxford.


  • The projected reduction in vegetable intake average per person by 2050.
  • Vegetable intake will see the highest reduction, followed by fruit intake (3.2%) and red meat consumption (0.7%).


  • Greece and Italy, the two countries which will be the worst affected due to climate change on a per capita basis thanks to fall in food productivity.
  • In absolute numbers, China and India will fare the worst.
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First published: 11 July 2016, 10:41 IST
Sourjya Bhowmick @sourjyabhowmick

Born and raised in Kolkata, Sourjya is all about the numbers. He uses data to contextualise stories on a broad range of topics. Formerly with the Hindustan Times and IndiaSpend, any time not spent researching and writing is spent reading non-fiction and tackling his unending collection of films. An alumnus of Presidency College, Kolkata, he has a post-grad degree in Political Science from Calcutta University and was actively involved in student politics. He's a fan of Tintin comics, Germany's football team, Mohun Bagan and Old Monk.