Three out of four Asians say the weather has become hotter and less predictable in the past decade as a result of climate change, prompting job changes, migration and lifestyle adaptation, a study shows.
In India, one of the world’s biggest producers of wheat, sugar and rice, most respondents said shifting weather patterns have led to water shortages, reduced agricultural productivity and loss of income, according to the study released today by Climate Asia, a project backed by the British Broadcasting Corp.
Climate Asia surveyed 33,500 people in Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam for the poll, the biggest to assess how Asian populations perceive and respond to climate change, it said. The data are released as more than 190 countries work on a successor treaty to the Kyoto Protocol, the United Nations accord that set binding carbon-reduction targets.
Bangladeshis are changing how they live more than any other nation surveyed, with 36 percent saying they’ve adapted, for example by growing different crops or migrating for work. Indonesians are the most worried about food, with 30 percent saying crop yields have fallen, according to the study.
Parties to the UN climate talks will meet in Warsaw in November, Lima in late 2014 and Paris in 2015, where a new treaty is scheduled to be agreed on.