As Sri Lanka struggles with its worst drought in 40 years, farmers in the hardest hit areas are migrating for work – with some wondering whether farming remains a viable career as climate change brings more frequent extreme weather.
Disasters – from deadly floods to worsening droughts – are happening more frequently in Sri Lanka. But efforts to begin treating the crises as a new "normal," which require system changes rather than one-time responses, are struggling.
Sri Wening Handayani –
Cash transfer programs, efficient government expenditure and capacity building are ways in which communities across Asia can receive adequate social protection and meet their basic needs.
Alexandra Soezer and Priyantha Wijayatunga –
Beyond its positive impacts to climate and the environment, a transformation to 100 per cent renewable energy will also spur several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), say ADB's Priyantha Wijayatunga and UNDP's Alexandra Soezer.
Hurricane Harvey isn't a "natural disaster" because disasters are not natural, says University College London researcher Ilan Kelman. Rather, they are the result of social and political forces which shape people's vulnerability to events.