Background of the Scenario Report
Whether by conscious choice or more coincidence, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation‘s Center of Technology Foresight (APEC CTF) couldn’t have picked a better venue for its scenario workshop to systematically anticipate and manage impacts from the changing climate. The world-class tourist destination of Patong Beach in Phuket was one of the hardest hit human settlements by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Although the catastrophe did not have climate change connections, the tsunami that took some 230,000 lives across Asia serves as a reminder that we have to be better prepared for and increasing rate and magnitude of natural disasters due to the climate change consequences predicted by science.
Human societies have always been climate dependent, but we are only now coming to grips with the fact that our climate also depends on us. As the second decade of the 21 century gets underway, we now recognize that we are faced with two challenges created by our ever-increasing emissions of greenhouse gasses. First, the atmosphere is warming, setting the stage for a host of problems from droughts, extreme weather events, coastal erosion and inundation, to which we have to adapt. And second, we must begin implementing strategies to slow down our greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate the scale of these impacts while putting in place corresponding adaptation measures.
Theses challenges are particularly problematic for countries and economies in the Asia Pacific. On the one hand, the region is slated to face some of the greatest climate related impacts relative to other regions of the world. On the other, developing economies in the region will see substantial expansions of their middle-classes and the greenhouse gas emissions their lifestyle generate.
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