16 July 2017
A business-as-usual approach to climate change will be "disastrous" for Asia, the Asian Development Bank said in a report released Friday.
Myanmar is among the world's top 10 countries most affected by extreme weather events along with the Philippines, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Pakistan, and Thailand, it said.
The reported highlighted that a continued reliance on fossil fuels will see the world's most populous region face changing climate conditions that will disrupt the ecosystem and damage livelihoods.
The study projects additional heat-related deaths of nearly 52,000 elderly people across the region annually by the 2050s, nearly 8,000 extra diarrhoeal deaths in South Asia, and some 10,000 more malaria and dengue deaths in Asia.
Asia's global economic links mean that extreme climate events could disrupt supply chains not only in the region but also in the rest of the world, it warned.
But it said the region could avert disaster by shifting to renewable energy sources.
The ADB vowed in 2015 to double its climate finance mitigation investments to 6 billion US dollars by 2020, including 2 billion US dollars to help countries shift to renewable energy.