BBC Media Action has launched Asia’s largest study of people’s daily experience of climate change. Climate Asia provides the first comprehensive picture of how people are impacted by and responding to changes in their environment across seven countries and maps where communities are struggling and adapting. The study took place in Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam.
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Find the Climate Asia Data Portal at www.bbc.co.uk/climateasia The portal is an easy to use tool designed to help media, non-governmental organisations and policy makers plan and implement communication and other programmes based on people’s existing understandings of climate issues. It includes an astonishing array of data on climate, food, water and energy issues as well as statistics on media use for the region.
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• Explore the country and regional data
• Read and download our research findings
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• Download information on our research methods
• Download the tools used to conduct the research, either for reference or for your own project
• Develop your own communications strategy, using our Communication Guide
Climate Asia finds that ;
• Three quarters of 33,500 respondents said weather is getting hotter and many are experiencing shortages in food, water and fuel
• From Dhaka slums to Indonesian island communities’ people are having to adapt livelihoods and lifestyles
• The poorest are not getting the information and support they need, but some communities are working together to bridge the gap
Across the region, almost all respondents have identified significant changes to their environment and basic resources – from increased temperatures and extreme weather events to decreases in water and food availability. However, the story of how these changes have an impact people’s lives varies by country.
Changing Jobs – In Bangladesh, over 84% of people feel an impact on their household income, with one third already making changes to their livelihood. Megacities such as Dhaka are under major pressure to absorb a growing number of climate migrants.
Worried about food and water – People in Indonesia are more worried than in any other country about food shortages, and 30% of people across the country said that crop yields have decreased. A farmer told researchers: “Since 2009, we only get a big harvest once a year.”
Community Challenge – Pakistani respondents reported the lowest levels of trust in government yet they are taking matters into their own hands, coming second only to China across the region in terms of responding. A village chief in Badin said: “The floods [of 2010] have taught us that we need to solve our own problems.
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