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These Small Greenhouses Are Helping Farmers In India Combat Climate Change

By Brian Spaen

Over the years, rising temperatures in India have created droughts and impacted crop growth. It’s led to farmers racking up crippling debt that’s been too much to overcome. Smaller-scale greenhouses that are more affordable has not only helped those woes, but Indian farmers are able to grow more crops than through traditional methods.

Warming climate conditions have driven India’s farmers to suicide instead of dealing with financial woes that they’re unable to get out of. Tamma Carleton, a researcher at the University of California, determined that higher temperatures correlated with low crop yields and high suicide rates.

In an interview with National Geographic last year, Carleton noted that once 20 degrees Celsius was passed in certain areas, “a one degree increase in a single day’s temperature caused an average of 70 suicides” during crop growth periods. That’s contributed to 59,000 suicides committed by Indian farmers over the last 30 years.