We are living in a world that needs to prepare for the impact of 1.50 warming of the planet. The climate risks to food security, livelihoods, water supply, human well-being are projected to increase with rise in temperature. The impact of 1.50 warming will be differentiated for regions as well as population groups (IPCC 2018). As we push our planetary boundaries, India faces the challenge of supporting 1.3 billion population on 2.4 percent of the total world’s land. Paying attention to food and land use issues is critical for India, given the global impact of India’s footprint on climate.
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Similar to other countries around the world, Belgium is going through an energy transition. Even as it increases its shares of renewable energy, it is attempting to phase out its ageing nuclear power plants, which have suffered extensive outages in recent years. These outages – coupled with the challenges of shifting to alternate forms of energy – create a short-to medium-term risk to the security of electricity supply, particularly during winter months, when demand peaks are 15-20% higher than in the summer.
On 18th December, 2019, WRI India organized a workshop titled 'Improving development outcomes in climate vulnerable areas of Jharkhand through improved energy access'. The objective of this convening was to hear from experts in Jharkhand on the climate challenges faced by the state and the energy solutions that need to be developed, keeping this context in mind.