BLOG SURF: Climate change

Since 2010, tens of millions of people have been displaced by weather-related natural disasters in developing Asia.

While not all of those displaced were left permanently homeless, many could not return to their ravaged communities or opted to seek a more secure life elsewhere.

The number of Asians compelled to move at least temporarily due to storms, floods, and droughts is expected to grow over time because of the continent’s growing population and vulnerability to disasters.

Climate change will make the situation much worse as it boosts average temperatures, changes rainfall patterns, causes greater monsoon variability, increases sea levels, and stimulates more intense tropical cyclones.

Environmental migration tends to merge with the region’s urbanization trend in ways that lead many migrants to settle in large coastal cities that are highly vulnerable to the impacts of typhoons, storm surges, and rising seas, often compounded by subsidence.