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The extensive damage to natural ecosystems at large due to climate-led variability and vulnerability poses a serious threat to human life. Environmental sustainability is a criterion for economic progress and poverty bargain in Asia. Climate change accelerated by human-induced pressures is threatening the development and security of Asia. The poor are particularly vulnerable to these changes and are already suffering from rising sea levels and increasingly devastating storms, droughts and floods. Urgent action is needed to integrate both extenuation of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change adaptation measures into the development strategy of the region.
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