Asia-Pacific Climate Digest Issue #31: Week 3, Oct 2021

Compiled by Purnima Joshi


Climate change has been causing more erratic monsoons, and increasingly warmer and unbearable summers. Health too is severely compromised by climate change, with infectious diseases on the rise due to hotter and longer summers in Bangladesh, says a World Bank report. CSO leaders at a conference in Asia have called for a 'just and equitable transition' from fossil fuels to renewable energy as part of the Covid-19 recovery. With the IPCC Assessment Report 6 confirming the undeniable correlation between climate change and human activity, the region has also begun taking climate change more seriously, with Japan pushing for green initiatives as its energy security is dependent on countries across Asia. Banks have been also feeling the pressure to speed up green funding, and ADB to take up a stronger leadership role on climate action. All this and more, in this issue of the Asia Pacific Climate Digest.

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BANGLADESH


Bangladesh Really Is a Climate Success Story

The Atlantic, 9 Oct 2021

Fifty years ago, Bangladesh won independence from Pakistan amid devastating climate disaster. The year before, in 1970, the Bhola cyclone had killed up to half a million people.

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Energy sustainability: Bangladesh 3rd worst in Asia

tbsnews.com, 9 Oct 2021

Bangladesh has ranked in the third-worst position among 23 Asian countries in terms of energy sustainability, with only its South Asian neighbours Pakistan and Nepal behind, said the World Energy Council, a United Nations-accredited body.

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INDIA


Using ice to battle India’s heat – BBC News

The Global Herald, 10 Oct 2021

Heatwaves are becoming more common in India as the world warms.

BBC Life at 50C looks at extreme heat, around the world in this special series.

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Climate Change Is Making India's Monsoon More Erratic

IndiaSpend, 11 Oct 2021

Marked by extreme localised rainfall events, an unusually dry August and an unusually wet September, the summer monsoon in 2021 kept India guessing, even on its way out. Expect more of the same in future, say climate change

assessments.

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BANKING


Indian banks must speed up green funding to tackle climate change

The Policy Times, 9 Oct 2021

Indian banks and financial organizations, such as the State Bank of India (SBI), ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, the Trust Group, and HDFC, are among the world’s top financiers of fossil-fuel projects.

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Banks in Asia Use Thales’ Banking Solutions to Reduce Carbon Footprints

Korea IT Times, 9 Oct 2021