Climate change and extreme weather impacts hit Asia hard

Climate change and extreme weather impacts hit Asia hard

Asia remained the world’s most disaster-hit region from weather, climate and water-related hazards in 2023. Floods and storms caused the highest number of reported casualties and economic losses, whilst the impact of heatwaves became more severe, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Key messages
  • Long-term warming trend accelerates
  • Asia is world’s most disaster-prone region
  • Water-related hazards are top threat, but extreme heat is becoming more severe
  • Melting glaciers threaten future water security
  • Sea surface temperatures and ocean heat hit record highs

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