Global Warming Can Diminish India’s Productivity To 3.4 Million Jobs
Due to global warming, India is projected to lose 5.8% annually working hours by 2030, which is a productivity loss equivalent to 34 million full-time jobs. In 2030, 2.2% of total working hours worldwide will be lost to high temperatures stated a report title-‘Working on a Warmer Planet: The Impact of Heat Stress on Labour Productivity and Decent Work’ by the UN labour agency International Labor Organization (ILO). Globally this reduction in productivity is equivalent to losing 8 million full-time jobs. The reports said that if nothing is done now to mitigate climate change, the accumulated global financial loss due to heat stress is expected to reach USD 2,400 billion by 2030 and by the end of the 21st century the global temperature will have a rise of 1.5°C. INDIA WILL BE MOST AFFECTED In a dire warning to India, the reports said that India would be the most affected country with rising temperature and heat. India had lost 4.3% working hours in 1995 and 5.8% in 2030 is expected to come down. Because of its large population, India is likely to lose the equivalent of 34 million full-time jobs in 2030. “Although most of the impact in India will be felt in the agricultural sector, more and more working hours are expected to be lost in the construction sector, where heat stress affects both male and female workers,” said ILO report.