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Cyclone Yaas: Why India needs to learn to adapt to extreme climate events

Communities can become more resilient in the face of climate change, from heatwaves to flooding

Cyclone Yaas: Why India needs to learn to adapt to extreme climate events

Communities can become more resilient in the face of climate change, from heatwaves to flooding

Cyclone Yaas: Why India needs to learn to adapt to extreme climate events

Communities can become more resilient in the face of climate change, from heatwaves to flooding

Cyclone Yaas: Why India needs to learn to adapt to extreme climate events

Communities can become more resilient in the face of climate change, from heatwaves to flooding

Thousands of people lost their livelihoods in Cyclone Yaas, which hit West Bengal and Odisha in late May 2021 – the second cyclone to hit India in the space of a week.

Over a million people were evacuated from their homes, and entire towns were swamped.

It came at the peak of the second wave of COVID-19, and the region had to face a double crisis.

Extreme weather events have always been part of life on this planet. So have pandemics. But now, at the dawn of the Anthropocene Era – named because human activity is having a significant impact on ecosystems, unprecedented in history – we will have to face such crises on a far more regular basis.

The world is changing. How can we adapt and thrive in this new environment?

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