South-east Asia 'vulnerable' amid climate change

Extreme weather conditions will put pressure on infrastructure, crops, workers: Experts

Motorists and pedestrians moving through a flooded road on July 18 in Marilao town in Bulacan Province, north of Manila. The Philippines and Indonesia are the most vulnerable to extreme weather, while Thailand and Singapore are less at risk, accordin
Motorists and pedestrians moving through a flooded road on July 18 in Marilao town in Bulacan Province, north of Manila. The Philippines and Indonesia are the most vulnerable to extreme weather, while Thailand and Singapore are less at risk, according to research by Verisk Maplecroft.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

JAKARTA • As the recent bout of extreme weather sets deadly records in parts of Asia, it also underscores just how vulnerable South-east Asia's emerging economies and even some of their wealthier neighbours are to climate change.

Scientists have long warned that climate change will likely trigger more extreme heatwaves, floods, droughts and storms. But far from being a future threat, the risks are increasingly clear right now.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 29, 2018, with the headline 'S-E Asia 'vulnerable' amid climate change'. Subscribe