Picture this: rapid urbanization and massive infrastructure development and people trapped in outdated polluting transportation, escalating environmental degradation and deforestation, rising potable water shortages and food security concerns, extreme climate change occurrences and growing disaster risks.
Environmental events are uprooting people around South Asia. By taking actions now, governments can reduce the likelihood of future humanitarian crises and maximize the possibilities that people can remain in their communities or safely relocate.
The cost of not improving disaster preparedness will be a slower pace of social and economic progress across a region in the decades to come.
Responding to climate change is more difficult for small islands due to their geographical isolation, socio-economic characteristics, and lack of technical capacity and knowledge.
Immediate action is needed on climate change and we must overcome skepticism.
The People's Republic of China should consistently and continuously scale up clean energy development to achieve a sustainable, and livable future.
Flooding and other risks to the people, economy and infrastructure of coastal cities due to climate change cannot be underestimated.
In Beijing, government vehicles were temporarily removed from the roads and some factory output stopped to address air pollution.
More effort and resources need to be invested in making migration a tool of climate change adaptation rather than accepting it as a failure to adapt.