Published:  01:10 AM, 14 January 2018

Climate vulnerabilities and Asia

In spite of the stunning economic growth that Asia has been experiencing for two and a half decades, the fate of the world's largest continent, both in size and population, lies immensely dependent on global climatic aftermaths. The continent has become 'particularly vulnerable' to climate change, for a massive segment of Asian populations inhabit low-lying coastal belts.

An Asian Development Bank report has warned us that the overall temperatures of Asia may rise to even eight degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels by the end of the 21st century, resulting in undoing many of the developments the region achieved in the past century and incurring high economic losses as well.

With the current extent of global climate change, an additional pressure on access to energy and natural resources may ignite more conflicts among nations causing unmanageable humanitarian crises. Sea levels will swell up by 1.4 meters by this century doubling the prediction made in the Paris Conference in 2015. A radical change in the rainfall pattern and melting of Asian glaciers will definitely increase the number of climate refugees in these countries.

Amid dire consequences of unabated climate change that the world is undergoing now, an increased dependence on fossil fuel by Asian countries usually raises concern. The densely populated continent urgently needs to find out and adopt renewable energy resources and go for green technology in financial and development activities. Most of the Asian countries are now facing an increased number of natural disasters, for example floods, cyclones, droughts etc, in addition to a severe shortage in pure drinking water.

In order for mitigating climatic costs, a steady enhancement of climate investment is required the most. Adoption of green business policy can be a vital weapon to promote an eco-friendly globe. That six Asian countries, including Bangladesh, are among the world's top 10 countries most affected by extreme weather events means that nations in this region have to raise voice and stand united against states which are supremely contributing to adverse climatic change.

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