IN THE PREFACE TO THIS VOLUME, I attempted to explain why my coeditors and I believed a volume on climate change from the analytical perspectives of various Indian experts would be a valuable addition to the already voluminous literature on climate change economics and policy. In this introductory chapter, I first discuss why India is an important object of study in this context. I then introduce the various chapters that comprise the remainder of the volume.
With more than one billion inhabitants, India is the world's second most populated nation. Carbon dioxide emissions in the year 2000 totaled about 250 million metric tons of carbon equivalent, and these emissions are expected to grow ...