Green Pulse Podcast: The climate crisis in Asia in 2022

Villagers and local authorities conduct a rescue operation at a flood-affected village in Shah Alam, Selangor state, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 19, 2021. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
In this episode, ST's Green Pulse podcasters discuss with Mr Joy Singhal, on how his organisation helps vulnerable communities, and how he deals with eco-anxiety from being at climate disaster frontlines. PHOTO: INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES

Synopsis: Every first and third Monday of the month, The Straits Times analyses the beat of the changing environment, from biodiversity conservation to climate change.

In 2021, climate change made its mark around the world. North America sizzled in an unprecedented heat wave. Floods inundated China and Europe. Super Typhoon Rai pummelled the Philippines, leaving destruction in its wake. Scientists say the situation could get a lot worse if efforts to reduce the amount of planet-warming emissions are not taken immediately, and Asia is already one of the regions of the world most vulnerable to the changing weather patterns. 

In this episode, we hear directly from people living in Singapore, China, Malaysia, India, the Philippines and Thailand, as they express their thoughts on how their lives could be impacted in 2022. 

Then, ST environment correspondent Audrey Tan and climate change editor David Fogarty chat with Mr Joy Singhal, the head for Disaster, Climate and Crisis, at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Highlights (click/tap above):

01:45 What do people in Asia think the climate crisis will be like in 2022? 

03:40 What gives them hope?

07:13 How has Asia experienced climate change this year?

09:15 The human impacts of climate disasters.

12:30 What is the Red Cross’ outlook for Asia in 2022? 

14:10 How is the Red Cross helping vulnerable communities cope with climate impacts?

16:12 At the frontlines of climate disaster, how does Mr Singhal cope with eco-anxiety? 

Voice clips across Asia thanks to ST’s correspondents:

Danson Cheong, China correspondent

Debarshi Dasgupta, India correspondent

Nirmala Ganapathy, India bureau chief

Raul Dancel, Philippines correspondent

Shannon Teoh, Malaysia bureau chief

Tan Hui Yee, Indochina Bureau Chief

Audrey Tan, environment correspondent in Singapore

Produced by: Audrey Tan (, David Fogarty (, Ernest Luis and Hadyu Rahim

Edited by: Hadyu Rahim

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