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Rising Sea Levels Could Wash Away 20 Million People

Moyna’s home in Bangladesh is completely surrounded by contaminated floodwater. Here, the 10-year-old is taking a bath – the only way she knows to try to keep clean. (Rafiqur Rahman Raqu/DFID/Flickr)

Last week, a report in Nature Geoscience revealed that polar ice may be melting faster than previously thought, leading to a more significant rise in sea levels throughout the course of the century. We asked our Sustainability Roundtable to discuss the implications of the warming of the oceans and the subsequent rise in sea levels. What will these phenomena mean for the future development of Asian countries? Are there opportunities for regional cooperation in dealing with the consequences of these environmental changes?

Asia Must Take Initiative on Climate Change, Regardless of the US

India's Taj Mahal, visible through the surrounding haze, at sunrise. (Tine Steiss/Flickr)

This past week, former American Vice President Al Gore sharply criticized the Obama administration for failing to significantly alter United States policy on climate change and energy. What role should American leadership play in shaping government policies on climate change throughout Asia? Alternatively, what global leadership role exists for developed and developing Asian countries themselves in areas like clean energy and global warming mitigation? Is the possibility of a global deal on climate change completely dead? If so, can it be resuscitated?

Finding a Common Platform for Climate Change

Pokhara, Nepal. (Mike Behnken/Flickr)

This past week, former American Vice President Al Gore sharply criticized the Obama administration for failing to significantly alter United States policy on climate change and energy. What role should American leadership play in shaping government policies on climate change throughout Asia? Alternatively, what global leadership role exists for developed and developing Asian countries themselves in areas like clean energy and global warming mitigation? Is the possibility of a global deal on climate change completely dead? If so, can it be resuscitated?

U.S. Lacking Policy Leadership on Clean Energy

India Bundled Wind: A laborer is seen working at a deisel powered crusher infont of a wind turbine. (Land Rover Our Planet/Flickr)

Peter Timmer asks whether Asian countries can provide regional leadership on clean energy and global warming mitigation.

Understanding the Asian Position on Climate Change

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Ravi Narayanan, Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific Water Forum, discusses the role of the United States in influencing Asia's approach to climate change.

Asian Countries Must 'Act Decisively' Before Climate-Related Disasters

Ningxia Yinyi wind farm. Ningxia Province, China. (Land Rover Our Planet/Flickr)

Ravi Narayanan of the Asia Pacific Water Forum discusses the need for disaster preparedness among both developing and developed Asian countries.

Expert: Research on Food Crops Still Underfunded

Harvesting grain, India. (Ray Witlin/World Bank/Flickr)

This week, we asked our Sustainability Roundtable about the growing concern that the world's food supply is in serious danger over the long run. What can the developing and developed countries of Asia do to make their agricultural sector more resilient in the face of future climate shocks? How can these countries cope with a potentially crisis-inducing rise in food prices, growth in population, and increase in demand?

The Right Response to the Food Crisis

A farmer tills fields in Nigeria. (Yosef Hadar/World Bank/Flickr)

This week, we asked our Sustainability Roundtable about the growing concern that the world’s food supply is in serious danger over the long run. What can the developing and developed countries of Asia do to make their agricultural sector more resilient in the face of future climate shocks? How can these countries cope with a potentially crisis-inducing rise in food prices, growth in population, and increase in demand?

Experts: Binding Global Agreements Needed to Tackle Climate Change

Skyscrapers are reflected on a man-made lake as a cloud hovers overhead in Singapore in Apr. 2007. Desalination and recycled water are key to addressing the world's growing thirst for the precious resource, officials said here. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)

This week we asked our Sustainability Roundtable to reflect on last week's C40 Cities climate leadership group meeting in Brazil, where the World Bank signed an agreement with mayors from around the world to provide significant technical and financial assistance for climate-change-reduction projects. Are cities in the right position to manage the effects of climate change? 

Asia Society Remembers Pre-Eminent Indian Painter M.F. Husain, 1915-2011

M.F. Husain (1915-2011) in March 1999, seated in front of his 40-foot (13-meter) canvas <i>VIOLENCE</i> at Gallery 7 in Mumbai, India. (Sebastian D'Souza/AFP/Getty Images)
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M.F. Husain's passing at 96 years of age signals the end of an era.