Blog posts tagged to "climate change"

  • In the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, one of Asia’s worst disasters ever, Aceh (Indonesia) was virtually wiped off the map. Photo by Richard Abrina

    Asia’s disaster data shows need for leaders to scale up resilience at Sendai meeting

    Published on Thursday, 12 March 2015

    Thousands of participants will converge in Sendai, Japan from 14-18 March for the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to agree on a new global plan to make nations and communities more resilient to natural calamities.

  • Migration can mitigate negative impacts of climate change on children

    Published on Thursday, 22 January 2015

    Children are generally more at risk than adults when environmental threats gradually grow, or when natural disaster suddenly strikes.

  • Welcoming an important step forward at UN climate talks in Lima

    Published on Thursday, 08 January 2015

    There is still long way to go to reach a final agreement for effective climate change action in 2015, but the COP20 in Lima was an important step forward. 

  • Window of opportunity still open on climate action

    Published on Wednesday, 05 November 2014

    A set of reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the last of which was released on November 2, 2014, sets the scene for governments to renew their efforts on the issue through ambitious commitments for a comprehensive climate agreement in Paris in December 2015. 

  • Impact evaluations crucial for effective public policy

    Published on Monday, 01 September 2014

    Asian countries are increasingly turning to investing in dedicated development programs rather than relying entirely on economic growth to deliver better social outcomes. Evaluations of their actual impact have not always accompanied such decision making, but where they have, it has made a key difference.

  • Storm Clouds Ahead – Disease in the age of climate change

    Published on Tuesday, 29 July 2014

    Rapid and dynamic changes in Southeast Asia including population growth and movement, as well as booming urbanization, have contributed to the complexity of combating the spread of tropical diseases. Now the region is faced with an even greater challenge: climate change

  • From Farm to Fork—Combating Asia’s Hidden Hunger

    Published on Thursday, 24 July 2014

    Feeding the world is becoming an increasingly complex task. Providing all our daily bread—or rice—requires grappling with intense competition for natural resources, producing more from less land and dealing with changing dietary habits. But meeting food needs is not just about quantity. Quality is also important. Along with daily minimum calorie requirements, people also need vital micronutrients from their meals.  High levels of micronutrient deficiencies, a phenomenon we call “hidden hunger” remains pervasive, particularly in South Asia and Southeast Asia.

  • A boy watches a pump providing water to irrigate a rice field in Cambodia

    The Food, Water, Energy Nexus

    Published on Thursday, 20 March 2014

    Striking rates of economic growth notwithstanding, 550 million people remain hungry in Asia and the Pacific, 65% of the population has no safe piped water, and more than 600 million people live without electricity. Overcoming these problems requires a combined approach in which food, water and energy are treated as a nexus, rather than as separate, standalone issues, which has too often been the case in the past.

  • ‘Double Dividends’ from better urban management in the Pacific

    Published on Wednesday, 19 February 2014

    A new report by Asian Development Bank (ADB), Moving from Risk to Resilience: Sustainable Urban Development in the Pacific, argues that efforts to improve urban management in the Pacific can improve both the quality of life in the region’s cities and towns and, at the same time, build greater resilience to natural hazards and climate change-induced events.

  • Managing floods in a changing climate for a green future

    Published on Thursday, 21 November 2013

    Climate change, population growth, and urbanization are bringing some of the greatest challenges of our time. Just a few days ago we experienced one of the most powerful storms in history, Super Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines, killing thousands.

Pages