North­west China among re­gions ex­pected to see tem­per­a­tures soar

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

BANGKOK — Cli­mate change will bring soar­ing tem­per­a­tures, more in­tense storms, er­ratic rain­fall and plum­met­ing crop yields to Asia-Pa­cific un­less coun­tries fully im­ple­ment their com­mit­ments un­der the Paris cli­mate pact, sci­en­tists said on Fri­day, call­ing the chal­lenges “un­prece­dented”.

The re­gion’s fu­ture growth and se­cu­rity — as well as the wel­fare of hun­dreds of mil­lions of peo­ple — are at stake, said a new re­port by the Asian De­vel­op­ment Bank and the Pots­dam In­sti­tute for Cli­mate Im­pact Re­search.

“Coun­tries in Asia and the Pa­cific are at the high­est risk of plum­met­ing into deeper pov- erty — and dis­as­ter — if (cli­mate change) mit­i­ga­tion and adap­ta­tion ef­forts are not quickly and strongly im­ple­mented,” said Bambang Su­santono, the ADB’s vice-pres­i­dent for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

The land­mark 2015 Paris Agree­ment, which came into force in Novem­ber, pledges to limit the rise in av­er­age global tem­per­a­tures to 1.5 C to 2 C above prein­dus­trial times.

Early and ag­gres­sive mea­sures are needed to achieve that goal, the re­port said. If the world con­tin­ues to emit planet-warm­ing green­house gases as now, global mean tem­per­a­ture would in­crease by over 4 C by the end of the cen­tury, with parts of Asia-Pa­cific see-

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