onsdag 25. desember 2019

In Asia Pacific the climate crisis is happening now, not in the future

The world's most disaster-prone region felt the harsh reality of the climate crisis in 2019. Toxic smog shrouded Asian megacities, hundreds died in flooding and landslides, cyclones battered coastlines and bushfires, droughts and deadly heatwaves led totowns and cities almost running out of water. Far from being anomalies, scientists say the climate crisis is causing more extreme weather events -- and it's having devastating consequences in Asia and the Pacific. The "relentless sequence of natural disasters" over the past two years "was beyond what the region had previously experienced or was able to predict," said a United Nations' Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific(ESCAP) report in August.