Climate Change and Growth in Asia

Climate Change and Growth in Asia

Edited by Moazzem Hossain and Eliyathamby Selvanthan

Climate Change and Growth in Asia is a comprehensive analysis of the major issues of climate change and global warming and their possible impacts on the growth of major Asian economies. The book addresses the climate change crisis in Asia within the context of three major challenges to growth: population, poverty and greenhouse gas emissions.


Moazzem Hossain

Subjects: asian studies, asian economics, economics and finance, asian economics, environmental economics, environment, asian environment, climate change, environmental economics


Moazzem Hossain Since the awarding of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to the former US Vice President Al Gore and the United Nations (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for their work on climate change and global warming, both the developed and developing world have realised the urgency in fighting the menace of climate change. The IPCC prediction of global temperature rising by 4°C by 2100 appears to be credible and is acceptable to climate scientists. The chief cause of the warming is thought to be the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas, which release carbon dioxide and other substances known as greenhouse gases into the atmosphere (see Chapter 1). What is the ultimate outcome? In simple words, as the atmosphere becomes richer in these gases, it becomes a better insulator, retaining more of the heat provided to the planet by the sun. Climate scientists use elaborate computer models of temperature circulation to study global warming. Based on these models, they have made several predictions about how global warming will affect weather, sea levels, coastlines, agriculture, wildlife and human health (Mia 2008). With this global environmental change on the horizon, several multilateral agencies have been carrying out various studies in recent years. These are summarised below. RECENT CLIMATE CHANGE STUDIES AT MULTILATERAL LEVEL AND KEY FINDINGS United Nations Development Program (UNDP) The UNDP dedicated its 2007/2008 Human Development Report (HDR) to the issues of climate change globally (UNDP 2007). This study had four...