Posted April 29, 2009
Climate Change

Study Says Warming Poses Peril To Asia.

"With diminished rice harvests, seawater seeping into aquifers and islands vanishing into rising oceans, Southeast Asia will be among the region's worst affected by global warming, according to a report released on Monday by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The rise in sea levels may force the sprawling archipelago of Indonesia to redraw its sea boundaries, the report said...." [The New York Times/Factiva]

Xinhua adds that "...due to the increase in forest fires and poor land use, Indonesia is regarded as the country that emits the largest amount of greenhouse gas in Southeast Asia, [the ADB] said on Tuesday. According to the report, Indonesia is responsible for 59 percent of greenhouse emission in the region, which released about 5,187 million tons of carbon dioxide, about 12 percent of the world's total...." [Xinhua/Factiva]

The WSJ reports that "...climate change will hit Southeast Asia harder than other regions and seriously jeopardize the production of rice, the world's most important food crop, according the ADB. The report, released Monday in Bangkok, found that the total cost of lost agricultural production and other negative impacts from climate change would be equivalent to as much as 6.7 percent of gross domestic product in major Southeast Asian countries by the end of this century, more than double the 2.6 percent loss estimated for the world as a whole...." [The Wall Street Journal/Factiva]

Reuters writes that "...a significant decline in rainfall could hit rice and coffee production in Vietnam from as early as 2020, the ADB said....Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam are projected to experience increasingly drier weather conditions in the next two to three decades, although this trend was forecast to reverse by the middle of the century, with 2100 likely to see higher precipitation than the 1990 level...." [Reuters/Factiva]

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