BANGKOK: The latest synthesis report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes for grim reading: every fraction of a degree of warming comes with escalated threats, from deadly heat waves to severe hurricanes and droughts, affecting all economies and communities.

It is a reality that the people of Asia and the Pacific know only too well. "The worst April heat waves in Asian history" last month was just a taste of the worsening climate impacts we will continue to face in the years to come.

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