Toxic smog shrouded Asian megacities, hundreds died in flooding and landslides, cyclones battered coastlines and bushfires, droughts and deadly heatwaves led totowns and cities almost running out of water. The “relentless sequence of natural disasters” over the past two years “was beyond what the region had previously experienced or was able to predict,” said a United Nations’ Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific report in August. The UN Climate Change Conference earlier this month highlighted the huge disconnect between the world’s biggest polluting nations, and the global community demanding change.
By Helen Regan. CNN International. December 24, 2019.