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Climate change is now widely regarded as one of the most serious challenges the world faces, and adapting to it is an urgent requirement for countries across the world. The less developed countries of the Asia and Pacific region, despite contributing the least to the emission of greenhouse gases, are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific: How Can Countries Adapt compiles policies and best practices on climate change adaptation, emphasizing the fact that the Asia and Pacific region needs immediate measures—both structural and nonstructural—in order to adapt to climate change. The discussions elaborate on issues related to water resources, agriculture, and natural resources management, which are some of the most vital sectors for the region from environmental, social, and economic perspectives.
Although the policies and measures discussed in the book are specific to the Asia and Pacific region, the key findings will be relevant to other regions as well; for example, Africa and Latin America. Policymakers and researchers involved in the study of climate change adaptation will find this volume of great interest.
Climate change is one of the most significant challenges to global economic development. Every country contributes to growing greenhouse gas emissions, and every country will bear the socioeconomic consequences of global warming. Climate is a component of the natural environment within which and against whose bounds human civilization has developed and prospered. Left unchecked, continued global warming could cause worldwide social and environmental disruptions. The consequences of certain levels of climate change, such as a rise in average temperatures, are well understood and widely accepted. However, climate change is likely to include greater variations in climate phenomena, including droughts and floods, as well as more frequent and severe weather events, such as cyclones and storms, and greater seasonal variability from mild and ...