India and Pakistan Are Baking, and Every Powerful Institution Is to Blame

Source: In These Times
by Basav Sen

“Large parts of my ancestral homeland of India and neighboring Pakistan are facing a severe heatwave, with temperatures soaring to 111 degrees Fahrenheit — far above normal. It’s still spring in South Asia. Peak summer temperatures usually occur in late May or early June, before the advent of the monsoon rains. So there may be worse in store this year — and much worse in the near future. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) identifies South Asia as one of the ‘global hotspots of high human vulnerability’ for catastrophic climate change impacts such as heatwaves, floods, and droughts  –  and the resulting loss of life, infrastructure damage and food insecurity. South Asia is home to nearly a quarter of the world’s people (and about 29% of all people living in extreme poverty).” (05/09/22)