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If Asian cities continue with business-as-usual modes of energy use and urban development, they will not only exacerbate global climate change, but could also face severe risks including economic struggle, flooding, and food stress. The first detailed assessment of climate risk for Asia, carried out by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), makes clear that Asia’s cities stand at the frontline of the fight against climate change. Indeed, many consequences of a hotter planet – such as more extreme weather events, sea-level rise, environmental migration, and mounting social tensions – intersect in urban areas.

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