From the Asian Development Bank: A Region at Risk: The Human Dimensions of Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific
Recent regional climate change projections have consequences for human systems, particularly for developing countries in Asia and the Pacific.
Asia and the Pacific continues to be exposed to climate change impacts. Home to the majority of the world’s poor, the population of the region is particularly vulnerable to those impacts. Unabated warming could largely diminish previous achievements of economic development and improvements, putting the future of the region at risk.
From Project Syndicate: Asian Cities’ Endless Summer
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber and Bambang Susantono write that Asia’s government have not done enough to assess the region’s exposure to climate impacts- much less to less to strengthen protections for vulnerable areas or reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
The first detailed assessment of climate risk for Asia, carried out by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), makes clear that Asia’s cities stand at the frontline of the fight against climate change. Indeed, many consequences of a hotter planet – such as more extreme weather events, sea-level rise, environmental migration, and mounting social tensions – intersect in urban areas.
This is particularly true in Asia, where cities house more than half of the population and produce almost 80% of economic output. By 2050, Asia’s urban population could nearly double, to three billion people. Without new climate initiatives, the region’s cities could contribute more than half of the increase in global greenhouse-gas emissions over the next 20 years.
Such a scenario is often called “business as usual.” Yet, in reality, it is business as usual that would be disrupted by the consequences of climate change, with unfettered warming impeding or even reversing Asia’s recent economic progress.
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