Climate change

  • A vendor and girls on a bicycle go through a flash flood in Manila. Photo by Froi Rivera for ADB’s #Click4Climate contest.

    More frequent disasters show urgency of climate deal at COP21

    By Vinod Thomas on Friday, 27 November 2015

    The spike in climate-related disasters is linked not only to people’s increased exposure and vulnerability, but also to changes in temperature and rainfall from rising greenhouse gases.

  • A family affected by Tropical Storm Ketsana (Ondoy) in Manila, Philippines.

    The experience of Mexico’s Fonden in catastrophe bonds, lessons for Asia

    By Salvador Perez on Monday, 09 November 2015

    Asian countries threatened by natural hazards can learn from Mexico’s experience with its disaster fund and risk management strategy, including multi-catastrophe bonds.

  • Devastation caused by Tropical Storm Ketsana (Ondoy) in Manila, Philippines. Photo by Jundio Salvador for ADB’s #Click4Climate contest.

    Blog poll: Disasters seen as Asia’s top climate change threat

    By ADB Blog Team on Tuesday, 03 November 2015

    In our October blog poll, we asked readers what they believed was the biggest climate change threat to people in Asia and the Pacific, the world’s most vulnerable region to the effects of climate change.

  • Women masons being trained in Viet Nam to run a biogas construction company. Photo by SNV

    Getting women actively involved in climate change mitigation

    By Dagmar Zwebe on Friday, 07 August 2015

    Since women often spend the money they earn on services with wider societal benefits, what are the costs of direct or indirect exclusion? How can women become more actively engaged in climate planning, as well as receive and share the benefits of this engagement?

  • #NCE2014 showed how all countries can build strong economies while substantially reducing climate risk.

    Toward the 2°C pathway: Insights from the New Climate Economy 2015 report

    By Soon Chan Hong on Friday, 17 July 2015

    In its second report, the GCEC identifies 10 key economic opportunities that could close up to 96% of the gap between current emissions levels and those needed to limit the rise in global temperatures below 2°C.

  • Women fetching water during a very dry season in Myanmar.

    4 principles for better tracking climate finance for adaptation

    By Loreta Rufo on Tuesday, 14 July 2015

    ADB and 5 other multilateral development banks, along with the International Development Finance Club, have taken another step forward in standardizing the way we track climate finance for adaptation. The move is a welcome advance in improving the transparency and targeting of future funding.

  • ADB took part this week in Slingshot Manila, an official APEC conference to promote startup entrepreneurship and investment.

    3 reasons to invest now in cleantech startups in Asia

    By Daniel Hersson on Friday, 10 July 2015

    Clean technology is about developing and deploying new solutions that can help address the impacts of climate change. Here are 3 additional reasons why the time has come to support cleantech entepreneurs.

  • A woman stands inside her home destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

    Fiscal policies, inequality and climate change: How they make or break the rich-poor divide

    By Hyun H. Son on Friday, 26 June 2015

    Do fiscal policies respond appropriately to reduce vulnerabilities, or actually widen the pre-existing inequality that is exacerbated during disasters?

  • People riding a boat to cross a river in Bangladesh.

    Asia – climate change battleground

    By Preety Bhandari on Tuesday, 16 June 2015

    With the region producing  an ever greater share of global carbon emissions, what can it do to protect its people—and the world—from the effects of climate change?

  • A woman installs a solar panels on the roof of her house in rural Bhutan.

    Energy strategies must consider all parts of the ‘energy trilemma’

    By Christoph Frei on Monday, 15 June 2015

    Ahead of the 2015 Asian Clean Energy Forum, the region’s energy leaders are now looking to re-evaluate traditional norms to respond to volatile prices, extreme weather and large-scale accidents and disruptions.

  • Disasters often affect large numbers of households at the same time, thereby diminishing their access to informal networks as a coping mechanism.

    Community-driven development for effective disaster response in the Philippines

    By Yukiko Ito on Wednesday, 10 June 2015

    Poverty and natural disasters are intertwined. Both, however, can be addressed together through the community-driven development approach to disaster preparedness, as we have learned in the Philippines.

  • New emissions reduction pledges from Asia should focus squarely on an increased role for clean energy in the energy mix. A wind power project in Turpan, PRC.

    Asia Clean Energy Forum, the energy trilemma, and the road to Paris

    By Aiming Zhou on Thursday, 04 June 2015

    This year’s Asia Clean Energy Forum (comes at a critical time in the lead-up to the crucial COP21 in Paris. Asia’s energy sector has a very important part to play in these UNFCCC negotiations and in setting the world on a course to limit global warming, and avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change.

  • Richard Jones, Science Fellow at the UK Met Office and visiting professor at Oxford University.

    Science and climate resilience: Room for improvement in Asia

    By ADB Blog Team on Wednesday, 03 June 2015

    Asia and the Pacific is the world’s most vulnerable region to climate change. As the region works to prepare national and local resilience plans, scientific data are crucial.

  • The mountain kingdom of Bhutan is highly vulnerable to flooding and landslides.

    Expansion of Climate Investment Funds operations: What it means for Asia

    By Preety Bhandari on Monday, 01 June 2015

    We were delighted last month to learn that the CIFs have decided to extend support to an additional 16 countries, among them several in Asia and the Pacific.

  • An image of Jakarta, one of Asia’s fastest-growing and most populated megacities.

    Urban climate change resilience: How to maintain essential functions

    By Alexandra Vogl on Wednesday, 20 May 2015

    Many cities in Asia and the Pacific face the challenge of how to adapt to the effects of climate change. ADB’s Urban Climate Change Resilience manual notes how they must address urban systems, climate change, and vulnerable groups in a holistic approach.

  • Hunan’s low-carbon incubator wants to become a model that can be replicated across the PRC and developing Asia.

    What the future holds for climate technology – the case of Hunan, PRC

    By Xuedu Lu on Friday, 15 May 2015

    Hunan, a major manufacturing hub in the PRC, recently launched a low-carbon technology incubator to offset environmental degradation and rising greenhouse emissions, and wants to become a model for developing Asia, where the business case for cleantech is emerging.

  • A view of Kathmandu by night.

    Hard data and hard choices: Disaster risk financing in an Asian city

    By Madeleine Varkay on Wednesday, 06 May 2015

    Floods in India and Pakistan, typhoons in the Philippines and the recent earthquake in Nepal have reminded city leaders of the urgent need to safeguard the lives of their people, protect costly infrastructure, and ensure services and businesses can continue after disaster strikes.

  • Aceh, Indonesia, 10 years after the Itsunami.

    To transfer disaster risk, let’s partner with the insurance sector

    By Arup Kumar Chatterjee on Thursday, 26 March 2015

    The new Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction supports risk transfer and insurance to reduce the financial impact of disasters on governments and societies, especially in vulnerable developing countries.

  • Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) batters the Philippine province of Laguna.

    Disaster resilience: Sendai framework to kick-start post-2015 agenda

    By Charlotte Benson on Tuesday, 24 March 2015

    Last week, representatives from 187 UN member states agreed on a new international framework to foster greater disaster resilience across the globe, the first of four global agreements on the post-2015 development agenda.

  • A child in a slum flooded by Tropical Storm Ketsana (Ondoy) in the Philippines.

    World Water Day: How we can ‘unflood’ Asia

    By Amy Leung on Monday, 23 March 2015

    On World Water Day, it’s time to reflect on how several of Asia’s developing countries are especially vulnerable to floods. What can we do to better address this problem? Adopt a holistic approach to flood management and resilience.