New Delhi

Capital City Faces Record Heat Waves

Language Hindi/English
September 15, 2011 6:30 p.m. local time

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Set apart from the rest of Asia by the Himalayas, India is the second most populous country in the world.

Delhi  – India’s capital – is known for its hustle and bustle. Delhi is a mesmerizing capital city that bridges the old and the new. Old Delhi, once the capital of Islamic India, is still tightly packed with shops and people. New Delhi, the capital created by the British, features high-rises and popular modern shopping districts. Nearly 17 million people reside in Delhi today speaking a litany of languages: Hindi, English, Punjabi, Urdu and many other local tongues.

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Despite its crowded cities, India is still a farming nation. According to the Indian government, agriculture provides the principal means of livelihood for more than half of India’s population, and contributes about one-fifth of the country’s GDP. The impacts of climate change threaten not only the nation’s food supply, but the national economy as well.

In some parts of India, farmers are experiencing droughts and floods within the same crop season. This can be deadly for farmers living on the economic edge. As temperatures climb, heat waves will become more frequent across much of India, with severe effects on crop yields and health.

Presented by Nitin Raikar

Nitin Raikar’s first job was serving in the Indian army. During his 15 years of service, he helped plant forests in the arid wastelands of the Thar Desert, where his passion for protecting the environment grew stronger. Nitin’s second job is the one he currently holds at Suzlon Energy, a leading wind turbine manufacturing firm. He is proud that his work to manufacture and deploy renewable energy helps facilitate India’s ambitious plan to scale down its pollution levels. He now lives in Mumbai with his wife and two daughters.

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