How Must Indian Cities Adapt To Climate Change?

In this Wednesday, June 29, 2016 photo, a man holds an umbrella as water engulfs him during high tide on the Arabian Sea coast, in Mumbai, India. A new study led by oceanographer Evan Weller, and released Friday by the journal Science Advances, shows that man-made climate change is responsible for most of the change seen in ocean surface temperatures near the equator across Asia, which in turn affect regional rainfall patterns including the Indian monsoon.
In this Wednesday, June 29, 2016 photo, a man holds an umbrella as water engulfs him during high tide on the Arabian Sea coast, in Mumbai, India. A new study led by oceanographer Evan Weller, and released Friday by the journal Science Advances, shows that man-made climate change is responsible for most of the change seen in ocean surface temperatures near the equator across Asia, which in turn affect regional rainfall patterns including the Indian monsoon. Rajanish Kakade / AP Photo
In this Wednesday, June 29, 2016 photo, a man holds an umbrella as water engulfs him during high tide on the Arabian Sea coast, in Mumbai, India. A new study led by oceanographer Evan Weller, and released Friday by the journal Science Advances, shows that man-made climate change is responsible for most of the change seen in ocean surface temperatures near the equator across Asia, which in turn affect regional rainfall patterns including the Indian monsoon.
In this Wednesday, June 29, 2016 photo, a man holds an umbrella as water engulfs him during high tide on the Arabian Sea coast, in Mumbai, India. A new study led by oceanographer Evan Weller, and released Friday by the journal Science Advances, shows that man-made climate change is responsible for most of the change seen in ocean surface temperatures near the equator across Asia, which in turn affect regional rainfall patterns including the Indian monsoon. Rajanish Kakade / AP Photo

How Must Indian Cities Adapt To Climate Change?

The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report in 2018, which warned of the effects of predicted coastal flooding due to global warming. Aromar Revi, one of the report’s authors, told The New York Times that, “In some parts of the world, national borders will become irrelevant,” explaining that “you can set up a wall to try to contain 10,000 and 20,000 and one million people, but not 10 million.” Revi, founding director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), has dedicated much of his professional life to sustainable development and the fight against climate change. The IIHS is “committed to the equitable, sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian settlements.” Revi joins Worldview to discuss how the trends of urbanization and climate change intersect in one of the world's most populous countries.

Worldview has partnered with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs to bring you voices from the Pritzker Forum on Global Cities, which runs June 5-7, 2019.