Power plants, highways, railways and seaports, meant to be the engines of India's economic growth, are now its Achilles heel.

On June 16, an orbiting Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) meteorological satellite captured imagery of dense cloud formation building over Uttarakhand.

A roomful of reporters, whirring TV cameras and popping camera flashes. Dr Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, the world's climate czar, is used to such attention. As chairman of a UN body appointed to study the impact of climate change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Prize with Al Gore, he earned plaudits.

Till a few years ago, whenever the people of the picturesque Kibber village in Himachal Pradesh's Spiti valley discovered that their cows and yaks were killed by the snow leopard, they would try to poison or trap the elusive cat.

India witnesses hotter summers, shorter winters. Shape of things to come?