Reducing  health Risks of Rising temperatures

date. 2020-2021

country. India

method. Randomized Control Trial / exposure measurements

partnerts. WOTR, TERI, Wageningen Environmental Research / Uncharted Waters Research (subcontractor)

funder. IDRC

Major heat wave events in Pakistan and India in recent years have highlighted the disastrous impact of heat stress even in regions where high temperatures are a regular feature of climate. While public understanding of the risks of heat waves in urban areas and for some occupations is growing, the impact of chronic heat exposure – slow-onset, with prolonged periods of high minimum temperatures - in both urban and rural areas has yet to be recognized. Recent research highlighted that the poor, exposed and with limited access to cooling, are disproportionally affected because of where they live [Jacobs et al., 2019; Pradyumna et al., 2018] and the type of houses that they live in [Singh et al., Forthcoming]. It also explored the effectiveness of existing low-cost adaptation options, and overall adaptation potential [Singh et al., 2018].

 

In RRR we aim to scale up pilot findings and explore how advisories can be tailored to rural activities and exposure, using SMS and app-based agro-advisories in Jalna district, in central Maharashtra. Currently, warnings tend to focus on short-duration, extreme heat waves. A better understanding of and linking to chronic exposure, and how best to inform people in both urban and rural areas will be relevant to inform policy and practice.