Nine Indian states, including Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar, are among the world’s top 50 regions at risk of damage to the built environment from extreme weather and climate change, according to the XDI (The Cross Dependency Initiative) rankings of physical climate risk released today.
In the field of physical climate risk analysis, the XDI is regarded as a leader. Buildings include homes, roads, workplaces, and other structures made by humans. The most vulnerable regions are also found in China. Among nine states, Bihar is ranked at 22nd spot, Uttar Pradesh at 25, Assam at 28, Rajasthan at 32, Tamil Nadu at 36, Maharashtra at 38, Gujarat at 44, Punjab at 48 and Kerala at 50.
The most vulnerable regions are in China and the United States.
Jiangsu and Shandong are two of China’s largest subnational economies. China has over half of the top 50 provinces in the world. With 18 states in the top 100, the US has the highest number of high-risk states after China. The highest-ranking US state is Florida, followed by California and Texas.
In 2050, 80 percent of the top 50 most at-risk states and provinces will be in China, the US, or India. In its official statement, XDI stated, “This is the first physical climate risk analysis that compares every state, province, and territory in the world.”