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ADB warns climate change ‘disastrous’ for Asia

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‘Unabated climate change threatens to undo many of the development advancements of the last decades, not least by incurring high economic losses,’ says a report from the Asian Development Bank

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 14, 2017) — 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. Continue reading ADB warns climate change ‘disastrous’ for Asia

900M people in Asia had to pay bribes in last year – report

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Bribery rates are highest in India and Vietnam, and police are the most common demanders of kickbacks, according to a Transparency International survey in the region

BANGKOK, Thailand (Mar. 7, 2017) — More than a quarter of people living in Asia had to pay a bribe while trying to access a public service in the past year, a watchdog said Tuesday, March 7, calling on governments to root out endemic graft in the region. Continue reading 900M people in Asia had to pay bribes in last year – report

Asian typhoons becoming more intense, study finds

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On 7 July 2015, satellite images showed the Pacific Ocean with two typhoons, one tropical storm, one formation alert and one large area of increased convection. Photograph: JMA MTSAT-2/NOAA

Giant storms that wreak havoc across China, Japan, Korea and the Philippines have grown 50% stronger in the past 40 years due to warming seas

September 6, 2016 — The destructive power of the typhoons that wreak havoc across China, Japan, Korea and the Philippines has intensified by 50% in the past 40 years due to warming seas, a new study has found.  Continue reading Asian typhoons becoming more intense, study finds

Plans for coal-fired power in Asia are ‘disaster for planet’

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The World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim, said that new coal-fired power plants ‘would spell disaster for us and our planet’. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Experts have offered stark warnings that proposed power plants in India, China, Vietnam and Indonesia would blow Paris climate deal if they move ahead

May 5, 2016 — Plans to build more coal-fired power plants in Asia would be a “disaster for the planet” and overwhelm the deal forged at Paris to fight climate change, the president of the World Bank said on Thursday. Continue reading Plans for coal-fired power in Asia are ‘disaster for planet’

Hotter planet spells harder rains to come

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Emergency planners have been warned to take precautions against flash flooding. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA
Planners told to boost flood defenses, especially in dry regions, as global warming intensifies water cycle

March 10, 2016 — Severe rainfall has increased throughout the world’s wettest and driest regions and is set to intensify this century, new research suggests.

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New campaign aims to curb high road deaths in Asia

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SAFETY REMINDERS. The Safe Steps road safety campaign focuses on educational messages to remind the public about basic safety reminders on the road. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler
The Safe Steps campaign features educational videos, which will air in 24 countries across Asia – the region posting some of the highest numbers of road deaths

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (Feb. 14, 2016) — With Asia posting some of the highest numbers of deaths due to road accidents, a new safety campaign aims to help arrest the alarming figures of what experts say is a preventable global health issue.

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Asia shivers, slips and slides in record low temperatures

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FROZEN. Ice forms on the roof of a bus stop on the slopes of Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s highest peak in the New Territories, in Hong Kong, China, January 24, 2016. Jerome Favre/EPA
While the cold snap is by no means on the scale of the weather now affecting the snow-bound eastern United States, such temperatures are a novelty for many residents of the region

HONG KONG (Jan. 25, 2016) — Snow, sleet and icy winds across Asia caused deaths, flight cancellations and chaos over the weekend as areas used to basking in balmier climates struggled with record-low temperatures.

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