Asia must learn to adapt to heatwaves

According to climate scientists, the July 2023 heatwave is unprecedented, and even if we stop burning fossil fuels now, there are fewer chances of temperatures going down. UN and EU monitors have warned that the recent heatwaves were just a taste of the climate future to come. The heat is already affecting the health of those living in marginalised communities with poor access to public health services. This situation is common to tens of millions of people across Asia. In 2021 alone, soaring temperatures caused about 470 billion work hours to be lost globally.

Scientists were attributing the extreme weather events to:

  • El Nino, a weather phenomenon that typically disrupts rainfall patterns every few years
  • The relentless burning of fossil fuels

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