05/28/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Study: SE Asia Will Be Hit Hard by Climate Change

Southeast Asia is one of the world's most vulnerable regions to climate change and could face conflict over failing rice yields, lack of water and high economic costs, a major Asian Development Bank report shows. This compared with an estimated global loss of just under 1 percent of GDP in market impact terms, the Manila-based ADB said. 2

Climate change could "seriously hinder" Southeast Asia's development and efforts to reduce poverty, a new study released by the Asian Development Bank said Monday. "Combating climate change requires urgent action on both adaptation and mitigation -- there is no time to delay," the study said. Already, climate change has led to extreme weather events such as heat waves, droughts, floods and tropical cyclones in recent decades in the region, the ADB said. 3

Southeast Asia will be hit particularly hard by climate change, causing the region's agriculture-dependent economies to contract by as much as 6.7 percent annually by the end of the century, according to a study released Monday. "Climate change seriously threatens Southeast Asia's families, food supplies and financial prosperity," said Ursula Schaefer-Preuss, the ADB s vice president for knowledge management and sustainable development. 1
  1. Study: SE Asia Will Be Hit Hard by Climate Change (Yahoo Climate)
  2. Global Warming Threatens Economic Chaos in SE Asia-ADB (Reuters)
  3. Climate Change Threat to SEAsia Development (Yahoo Environment)