South East Asia Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

A new study proves, that South East Asia is one of its most vulnerable region to climate change impacts. This was stated by the study’s lead author, James Watson, on Wednesday (18/9/2013).

Watson is also a Director of the Climate Change Program at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), in collaboration with Takuya Iwamura from Stanford University and Nathalie Butt of the University of Queensland. Their results are shaped map depicting areas in the world, which has indicated a high level of vulnerability to climate change impacts.

“The areas most at risk are South and Southeast Asia, Central and Western Europe, South America and the southern part of southern Australia,” said Watson.

The results obtained after combining the components of the projected impacts of climate change and ecosystem destruction caused by humans. From the results of these studies also assumption area – severely degraded areas such as Southeast Asia and parts of western Europe will have the lowest sensitivity to climate change.

In addition to the most vulnerable areas, Watson study also revealed some areas, as indicated by the ability to withstand the impacts of climate change. Region is considered to be quite strong South American, Middle East, Australia and the northern part of southwestern Africa.

“We must recognize that climate change will affect ecosystems both directly and indirectly in many ways and we can not assume that all adaptation efforts undertaken will fit in all areas. In fact just the sheer number of limited funding available out there and we have to be smart to invest in adaptation strategies in the world,” said Watson.

Watson and his team also evaluated the stability of ecosystems in climate change scenarios in the future, in which some ecosystems is expected to experience a more drastic change than some other ecosystems. For example, the Arctic region is expected to experience the most drastic changes linked to global warming. But then the researchers combined these findings with how this ecosystem will likely remain intact, assuming that the whole ecosystem the species will be better adapted.

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