Climate of fear: Time for change?

Climate of fear: Time for change? Urgent changes needed for region's future, and it can be done

Tropical storm Yagi brought a heavy downpour to Manila, the Philippines, in August that led to extensive flooding in the city. Climate change will make food production in the region more difficult and increase production costs. China is one of the to
Tropical storm Yagi brought a heavy downpour to Manila, the Philippines, in August that led to extensive flooding in the city. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Tropical storm Yagi brought a heavy downpour to Manila, the Philippines, in August that led to extensive flooding in the city. Climate change will make food production in the region more difficult and increase production costs. China is one of the to
Climate change will make food production in the region more difficult and increase production costs. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Tropical storm Yagi brought a heavy downpour to Manila, the Philippines, in August that led to extensive flooding in the city. Climate change will make food production in the region more difficult and increase production costs. China is one of the to
China is one of the top four countries in Asia and the Pacific with significant outdoor air pollution.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Left unchecked, environmental issues will affect Asia's growth and security

World leaders have been told they must take greater action on the climate crisis, following the release of the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report that shows even half a degree Celsius of extra warming will affect every nation, whether it is large or small, rich or poor.

But there are immense challenges facing the adoption of pathways to remain below the relatively safe limit of 1.5 deg C above pre-industrial temperatures. The urgency stems from the fact that decades of data shows that a long-term build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is trapping heat and warming up lands, oceans and the atmosphere.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 14, 2018, with the headline 'Urgent changes needed for region's future, and it can be done'. Print Edition | Subscribe