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Dealing with climate change dangerous impacts

  • Fitrian Ardiansyah and Ari Muhammad

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 13 2009   /  12:11 pm

Climate change is a grave threat to the economies, societies and natural environment of all countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including Indonesia. Unless action is taken today to begin to stabilize and then reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions - action including achieving an ambitious global climate agreement at Copenhagen - the impacts of climate change will become increasingly severe and irreversible. Climate change can lead to damage to natural, communal and business assets. Some studies typically place damage in the range 1-1.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) per year for developed countries, and 2-9 percent for developing countries, if the average temperature increases between 1.5 and 4.0 degrees Celsius. In his 2006 review, Nicholas Stern extended this estimation by stating that unabated climate change could cost the world at least 5 percent of G...