Jonathan Walters, an economist and senior advisor for the infrastructure consulting firm Castalia and Akiko Terada-Hagiwara, an ADB Principal Economist, answer questions on how to work through the issues towards decarbonization in Asia and the Pacific.
Solutions for climate adaptation need to span multiple sectors, government departments and societal contexts. The challenge is great but we can meet it by combining natural and built assets with incentives for collective action and the optimization of traditional knowledge.
Governments in Asia and the Pacific should consider the direct and indirect benefits of resilient infrastructure, including losses avoided and economic and development benefits even when disaster doesn’t strike.
The recent IPCC reports have pointed out the climate emergency the world is facing. Through women’s leadership in climate action, we can better address the crisis.
Climate finance investments need a clear purpose, showing how these investments will help climate mitigation by reducing greenhouse gas emissions or how they will help climate adaptation by improving the resilience of infrastructure, communities, and livelihoods.
Education is a fundamental tool for advancing action on climate change, yet it has not been adequately tapped for its potential.
With the right policies, the Yellow River can help the People’s Republic of China achieve its goals for ecological sustainability and economic growth.
Climate change is now being felt at the dining table and the consumer’s wallet. The prices of food and many other products and services are soaring, and one of the causes is “climate change inflation”.
Smaller power generation and storage technologies, known as distributed energy resources, can help developing countries move to carbon neutrality.
Policymakers need to take bold action on several fronts related to energy to make progress in the fight against climate change.