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