Asia ‘fac­ing cli­mate cri­sis’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

ing a rise of 6 C, it added.

Ta­jik­istan, Afghanistan, Pak­istan and north­west China could ex­pe­ri­ence even hot­ter cli­mates, with tem­per­a­tures ris­ing 8 C, it added.

This would bring dras­tic changes in the re­gion’s weather, bio­di­ver­sity, agri­cul­ture and fish­eries, and drive mi­gra­tion as some parts be­come less hab­it­able, said the re­port.

“Such a sce­nario may even pose an ex­is­ten­tial threat to some coun­tries in the re­gion, and crush any hope of achiev­ing sus­tain­able and in­clu­sive de­vel­op­ment,” the ADB said in a state­ment.

Asia-Pa­cific is home to twothirds of the world’s pop­u­la­tion and nine out of 15 coun­tries listed as most vul­ner­a­ble to nat­u­ral haz­ards glob­ally.

Mil­lions of peo­ple in South Asia are al­ready af­fected by ris­ing tem­per­a­tures, and de­spite im­pres­sive eco­nomic growth, United Na­tions’ fig­ures show one in 10 Asians still live in ex­treme poverty.

Floods in In­dia that have killed at least 40 peo­ple and dis­placed nearly 1.5 mil­lion have also in­un­dated a na­tional park that is home to the world’s largest con­cen­tra­tion of one-horned rhi­noc­eros.

In­vest­ments to rapidly shift Asia’s econ­omy onto a low-car­bon path must be a high pri­or­ity be­cause the com­ing decade is cru­cial to achiev­ing the Paris Agree­ment goals, the re­port said.

Many coun­tries in the re­gion still rely heav­ily on fos­sil fu­els for en­ergy. The ADB said it would in­vest $4 bil­lion by 2020 to pro­mote re­new­able en­ergy sup­plies and green growth across the re­gion.


A boy rows a makeshift raft out­side his sub­merged house in a flood-af­fected vil­lage in Na­gaon, In­dia, on Tues­day.

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