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.
In Beijing, government vehicles were temporarily removed from the roads and some factory output stopped to address air pollution.
Flooding and other risks to the people, economy and infrastructure of coastal cities due to climate change cannot be underestimated.
The People's Republic of China should consistently and continuously scale up clean energy development to achieve a sustainable, and livable future.
Immediate action is needed on climate change and we must overcome skepticism.
Climate change these days is the new development buzzword, and rising sea levels and drought incidences highlight the increasing urgency for action. Yet for some reason, there is disconnect between the high level commitment to action and the carrying out of projects that effect change.
The human and economic toll from natural disasters since global leaders met at the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 has been staggering. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction estimates that natural disasters caused 1.3 million deaths and $2 trillion in economic damage worldwide since then.
Thankfully, the eventual impact of Cyclone Mahasen on South Asia was softer than feared before it struck land this past week. However, the storm still left dozens dead and caused the precautionary evacuation or subsequent displacement of one million persons living in coastal areas around the Bay of Bengal.
Picture this: rapid urbanization and massive infrastructure development and people trapped in outdated polluting transportation, escalating environmental degradation and deforestation, rising potable water shortages and food security concerns, extreme climate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.
The effects of global climate change are multifaceted. Pacific nations are highly vulnerable to the impacts, including intensified storm surges, cyclones, and rising sea levels.