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Snowless mountain caps paint a grave image for global food security

by Siddhi Ashar, Jan 17
2 minutes read

Europe is experiencing record-breaking warm winters, impacting traditions and even leading to the early closure of ski resorts. These changes in climate patterns are not confined to Europe alone.

snow coated forest field

In India, particularly in the Himalayan region, the absence of snowfall is causing concern among tribal communities who have resorted to constructing artificial glaciers to address water scarcity. The dry spell in India, exacerbated by a decline in the intensity of extratropical storms known as western disturbances, is not only affecting agriculture and water availability in the mountains but also disrupting the traditional precipitation patterns.

So what?

The lack of snowfall and rainfall in North India, including states like Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, is impacting Rabi crops and water sources vital for both agriculture and human consumption. Additionally, the decreasing intensity of western disturbances is causing rainfall deficits in these regions. The repercussions extend to South India, with states like Telangana and Karnataka experiencing large rainfall deficits, partly attributed to anomalies in the El Nino pattern.

This interconnected chain of events has a potential global impact on food security. The changes in weather patterns and disruptions in agricultural yield could result in potentially further export bans on part of producing nations such as India which could have devastating impacts on the food supply, health and economy of import-dependent nations.



by Siddhi Ashar Spotted 49 signals

With a background in international studies and filmmaking, Siddhi works with the Futures Centre team to creatively push our current imaginaries and create more positive visions of futures rooted in equity. Her works centers around challenging common narratives and working agilely to bring forth more representative ones. Through her role at the Futures Centre, she focuses on the answering the question, how can better climate communication and visioning help stakeholders work together and act intently, empathetically and urgently?

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