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India and Global Climate Change by Michael A. Michael A. Toman

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CHAPTER 17

Global Climate Change: IndianPerspective Revisited and Restated

R. K. Pachauri

THE PROBLEM OF CLIMATE CHANGE came to the fore in 1988 when North America suffered a severe drought and an unusually hot summer. Not only did this lead to expert assessments being made and presented as evidence to the Congress in the United States, but the global concern for the phenomenon of global warming and climate change resulted in the establishment of the Intergovern-mental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) through the initiative of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). At that stage, several suspicions existed in the developing countries that the scientific evidence being put forward in support ...

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