Livelihoods | VOL. 9, ISSUE 53, March-April 2009 |

Climate Change and Indian Agriculture

The Causes of Climate Change Climate change is primarily attributable to an increase in trace gases - carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, also called greenhouse gases (GHGs) that warm the atmosphere by trapping heat radiating from the earth. Human activities resulting in constantly escalating use of energy ‘subsidies’ in the form of fossil fuels and also through more economically ‘productive’ land use changes are the primary reasons for increased GHGs. These gases cause aberrations in the global carbon cycle...

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