Thursday, June 28, 2018

Half of South Asia Living in Vulnerable Climate 'Hotspots':  World Bank

A women carries firewood as she walks through a dried-up portion of the Sabarmati river on a hot summer day in Ahmedabad, India, May 16, 2018. (Credit: Reuters/Amit Dave/File photo) Click to Enlarge.
Changes in temperature and rainfall will impact almost half of South Asia in the coming decades, reducing economic growth in one of the world’s poorest regions, the World Bank said.

A World Bank report released on Thursday analyses two scenarios - “climate sensitive”, based on collective action by nations to limit greenhouse gas emissions, and “carbon intensive”, which assumes no action on climate change.

The report combines future changes in temperature and rainfall with household survey data linking living standards to weather conditions for the first time.

More than 800 million people now live in areas predicted to become moderate-to-severe “hotspots”, or affected areas, by 2050 under the carbon intensive scenario, with India accounting for almost three quarters of them, the report said.

Moderate hotspots are areas where projected consumption spending declines by 4-8 percent and severe ones are where the drop exceeds 8 percent.

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