COVID-19 is highlighting the importance of risk and
resilience, and as the world focuses on recovery, it is important to not lose
sight of climate risk. Climate science tells us that, absent adaptation and
mitigation, the climate hazards the region faces in the future, from heat waves
to flooding, are likely to be more severe, more intense, or both. The impacts
in Asia in some cases could be more severe than in many other parts of the
world. As Asia seeks to grow its economies, climate is thus a critical
challenge that the region will need to manage.