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Climate Change

Asia faces future of fierce monsoons, UN climate panel says

Global warming to reach Paris accord cap within 20 years in best-case scenario

Residents wait to be evacuated after their homes were swamped by floods that was brought by monsoon rains in San Mateo, Philippines, in August 2016. Monsoons and flooding in Asia will worsen as global temperatures rise, according to a U.N. panel.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Asia will face stronger monsoons and flooding in the coming decades as global temperatures continue to rise, even under the best scenario for greenhouse gas emissions, a United Nations climate panel said Monday.

Average global temperatures are on track to warm by 1.5 C within 20 years, a decade sooner than predicted in 2018, according to the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Under these conditions, "heavy precipitation and associated flooding are projected to intensify and be more frequent in most regions in Africa and Asia," the panel said.

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