Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Asia

  • Ramesha Chandrappa
  • Sushil Gupta
  • Umesh Chandra Kulshrestha
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Abstract

Global climate change is a tangible reality and already, showing devastating effects on humankind and nature in the world. Change in temperature in space and time show evidence of human influence on the climate system (Thomas et al. 2006). Climate change and disasters are serious risk to poverty reduction and erodes wealth built by individuals and nations. Nearly half of the climate related disasters happen in Asia and unless adapted to venerable impacts, people and nations will lose wealth and have to create it again. The international efforts to reduce GHG emissions are already happening to avoid the worst-case scenarios at the end of this century. Climate change is bound to continue regardless of how well those efforts succeed, due to the GHG already emitted, will stay in the atmosphere for a long time. Therefore, there is no choice but to deal with these changes by “adaptation”. Adaptation will work best if strategies to reduce climate-related risks are incorporated in ongoing development activity. This comprehensive approach to manage the rising risks is called “climate risk management”. The planet’s crises – rapid climate variation, degradation of ecosystem, increase in human population, scarcity of resources are affecting the people worldwide. International community seems to be concerned less about climate change than failing financial institutions (CCCD 2009).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ramesha Chandrappa
    • 1
  • Sushil Gupta
    • 2
  • Umesh Chandra Kulshrestha
    • 3
  1. 1.Biomedical Waste SectionKarnataka State Pollution Control BoardBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Risk Management Solutions IndiaNoidaIndia
  3. 3.School of Environmental SciencesJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DehliIndia

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