Phillips also argued that this right would be due not only to exploited labourers in India and China but also to those in better-off countries, such as Germany or the US.

At the same time, the latest IPCC report published in March also says there are limits to adapting to climate change. Given this, we need to focus on greenhouse gas mitigation urgently, said Singh, one of the lead authors of the March IPCC report.

This involves actions such as implementing stricter policies to decrease carbon emissions.

“Mitigation is a global commons problem and while today India is seeing these extremes, the projections are clear – no country will be spared from the impacts of climate change, so it is in our collective interest to mitigate deep and fast,” she added.