Climate change impacts, mitigation and adaptation: science for generating policy options in Rajasthan, India

Climate change is the greatest challenge before the global society, impacting the ecology, economy and society in several ways. Changes related to the climate of Rajasthan are over and above the natural climate variability prevailing in this area. Studies have shown that Rajasthan falls within the areas of greatest climate sensitivity, maximum vulnerability and lowest adaptive capacity. As history informs us, Rajasthan also has the maximum probability of occurrence of drought in India. If various segments of our society fail to act timely and coherently, climate change is likely to affect every sphere, and may make livelihoods of poor people more vulnerable and less resilient.