Bangladesh, India vulnerable to climate change

Oct 29th, 2011 | By | Category: Bangladesh, Climatic Changes in Himalayas, Development and Climate Change, Disaster and Emergency, Global Warming, Green House Gas Emissions, India, Information and Communication, International Agencies, Lessons, News, Publication, Research, Vulnerability

All Headlines News: Bangladesh as the most at risk due to extreme levels of poverty and a high dependency on agriculture, while its government has the lowest capacity of all countries to adapt to predicted changes in the climate.

A new global ranking of climate change finds most Asian countries including Bangladesh, India, Philippines, Vietnam and Pakistan will face the greatest risks to their populations, ecosystems and business environments.

clearpxlThe index rates 16 countries as “extreme risk,” including nations that represent new Asian economic power and possess significant forecasts of growth. The highest risk categories are major contributors to the ongoing global economic recovery and are vital to the future expansion of Western businesses in particular, which worries environmentalists.

The new Climate Change Vulnerability Index released by global risks advisory firm Maplecroft recently enables organizations to identify areas of risk within their operations, supply chains and investments.

According to Maplecroft, the countries with the most risk are characterized by high levels of poverty, dense populations, exposure to climate-related events; and their reliance on flood- and drought-prone agricultural land.

The principal environmental analyst at Maplecroft, Dr Matthew Bunce, said that over the next 30 years the countries’ vulnerability to climate change will rise due to increases in air temperature, precipitation and humidity.

Maplecroft rates Bangladesh as the most at risk due to extreme levels of poverty and a high dependency on agriculture, while its government has the lowest capacity of all countries to adapt to predicted changes in the climate.

In addition, Bangladesh has a high risk of drought and the highest risk of flooding. This was illustrated in October 2010, when 500,000 people were driven from their homes by flood waters created by storms.

However, despite the country’s plethora of problems, the Bangladesh economy grew 88 percent between 2000 and 2008 and is forecast by the IMF to grow \up to 6.2 percent over the next five years.

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