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Asia under water: How 137 million people’s lives are being put at risk

Increasingly severe weather, triggered by climate change, is putting hundreds of millions of people at risk across the rapidly developing countries of southern Asia.


Asia faces dire toll from climate change: Experts

Region’s growth and security, as well as welfare of millions of people, are at stake: ADB report


ADB warns climate change ‘disastrous’ for Asia

A business-as-usual approach to climate change will be “disastrous” for Asia, undoing much of the phenomenal economic growth that has helped it make vast inroads against poverty, the Asian Development Bank said in a report released Friday (July 14, 2017).


Countries starting to get message on national urban policies

PARIS — Some countries have been investing in national policy for cities, but much more progress is needed. That’s the conclusion of a new report released this week, offering a first-ever global snapshot on national policies around cities.


ADB to lend $4.2b to water security projects

YOKOHAMA — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) this year plans to provide loans worth US$4.2 billion, doubling last year’s figure, to support developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region in addressing water challenges.


How will Southeast Asia feed its people in 2030?

Rapid population growth and climate volatility in Southeast Asia will push up demand for food in the region by 40 per cent by 2050. How can Southeast Asia put food on every table?


Hundreds of millions of poor menaced by ‘silent killer’: heat

The world has already experienced three record-breaking hot years in a row, and the rising global temperature could have profound effects for health, work and staple food supplies for hundreds of millions of people, climate scientists told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.


South Asia braces for intense heat this summer

With temperatures already topping 40 degrees Celsius in many places and a weak monsoon forecast, southern Asia is likely to suffer through yet another recording-breaking summer.


Issues in financing climate resilience

Despite the progress made on several technical fronts at the UN’s climate summit in Marrakesh (COP22) last November, a deadlock persists over climate finance which, despite several international commitments remains marginal to global capital flows.


Small cities unprepared for population flood, warns urban expert

TEPIC, Mexico (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As the world’s giant cities fill up, the brunt of migration to urban areas will fall on smaller cities that are not ready to deal with big influxes of people, a specialist on Latin America’s cities has warned.


US contributes $500-million to UN Green Climate Fun

WASHINGTON — The outgoing Barack Obama administration announced Tuesday a contribution of half a billion dollars to the UN Green Climate Fund, just three days before Donald Trump takes over the White House.


Developed countries ‘exporting pollution’ by trading second-hand vehicles to poorer countries, experts say

Regulating the flow of second-hand cars to developing countries is a crucial, but largely ignored, piece of the transport and development puzzle. If left unchecked, it could sees rich economies “exporting pollution” to developing ones, urban transport experts say.


Annual index reveals biggest movers in climate change adaptation

The latest data released by the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN) shows governance is a major factor for countries improving preparedness for climate change. The annual ND-GAIN Country Index ranks 181 countries on vulnerability to extreme climate events such as droughts, superstorms and other natural disasters as well as readiness to successfully implement adaptation solutions.


Where does the New Urban Agenda point on localizing climate action?

UNITED NATIONS — A year on from milestone global agreements to tackle pressing development challenges and the threat of climate change, the U. N. General Assembly convened last week in a congratulatory spirit.


EU to work with Asian cities on sustainability

As urban populations have grown, global authorities are struggling to cope with the strain on energy, water and transport facilities, as well as the increased environmental pressure.


Addressing the urban sanitation crisis: Time for a radical shift

A successful city is economically and culturally vibrant, healthy, safe, clean and attractive to business and tourism, and provides quality of life to its citizens. This vision is appealing but remains hard to realize as developing cities have to cope with changing demographics and climate with limited financial and human resources.


ASEAN Cities Struggling to Manage Effects of Urbanization


Climate adaptation finance: The gap that can save millions

The entry into force of the Paris Agreement on November 4 marks an important milestone in the long journey to address the climate crisis. Ninety-four countries, accounting for at least 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, ratified the agreement barely a year before it was adopted in Paris in 2015. This is indicative of the growing pressure on all parties, especially on governments, to find a solution to this global challenge. However, while this is a positive and welcome development, it is only a first step. The real challenge lies in ensuring that Paris agreement is able to avert catastrophic climate change and enhance climate resilience, especially among the poor and most vulnerable.


Paris climate change agreement ratified

Floating homes: a solution to flooding, crowded cities and unaffordable housing

Architects from Amsterdam to Lagos are building on water to try to tackle the twin urban pressures of population density and climate change


World bank: Building Urban Resilience by Empowering Communities

Every year, the warm waters of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans give rise to typhoons, hurricanes, and other tropical storms that routinely batter the islands and coasts of the Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean. Hurricane Sandy, Typhoon Haiyan, and now Hurricane Matthew are just some of the storms that have destroyed homes and affected lives across these regions in the past decade. Even as the storms move on, recovering from the aftermath can take years.


Global sustainability experts share blueprint for green development

The building sector contributes to 32 percent of global energy expenditure and 19 percent of greenhouse gas emissions,” said a UN official in charge of the West Asia region.


World’s slum dwellers, homeless must be protected with right to housing – UN expert

QUITO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The right to adequate housing must be adopted formally as a human right – internationally and at country level – as the world grapples with the burgeoning phenomenon of urbanization, the U.N. special rapporteur on housing said Wednesday.


Tens of millions face poverty unless cities plan for disasters: World Bank

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Climate change could plunge tens of millions of city dwellers into poverty in the next 15 years, threatening to undo decades of development efforts, the World Bank said on Wednesday.


Smart urban mobility for smart sustainable cities

Presented at the UN Habitat III Conference in Quito, the report, “Contribution on Smart Urban Mobility for Safe, Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable Cities”


Boom in Urban Population Will Make Climate Change Worse

LONDON – The world’s cities are growing even faster than the human population. Within the last 40 years, the global population has increased by a factor of 1.8, but built-up areas have multiplied 2.5 times.


Globally, Sprawl Is Getting Worse

MIAMI — By 2050, an expected 2.5 billion people around the world will be moving to cities. And these numbers don’t even account for the impending migration of communities who are most at risk from climate change.