Asia is affected by all the issues relating to climate change. Many of its large and growing populations live in coastal and low lying areas where flooding will be worsened by changes in climate. The continent has pockets of rapid economic growth with surging greenhouse gas emissions. It has three of the top five emitting countries worldwide, and is home to two thirds of the world’s poor.
Future planning is needed to increase the ability of vulnerable communities to adapt to climate change. Low-carbon energy alternatives are important to counter rapid increases in the use of coal and petroleum in electricity generation. Economic opportunities exist, for example through carbon markets. Opportunities also lie in harnessing the huge research capabilities of parts of the continent for the benefit of all.
Where we’re engaging in Asia: