AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce What happens to our food production and supply chains when there’s record heat in Asia? Temperatures are now surpassing our ability to survive. Kids in the Philippines are becoming dehydrated and hospitalized. Crops are failing, the water in the Himalayan mountains are drying . El Niño has arrived and will cause temperatures to rise further. Why isn’t Global leadership alarmed? Why isn’t the US treating climate change as an emergency? At the Climate Conference, I recently attended, scientists believed not enough attention is focused on energy sustainability? Lithium recycling? Capping and preventing methane leaks? We know when we set out to reclaim our Earth, we’re successful. When it rains build cisterns to trap the water. Learn from Indian farmers and harvest all the water you can, when you can.

Globally, 2022 ranked as one of the hottest years on recorded, and the past eight years were collectively the hottest documented by modern science. It is believed that a return of the El Niño weather phenomenon this year will cause temperatures to rise even further.

“The poorest of the poor are going to [suffer] the most. Especially, it is devastating for the farming community, the people who are dependent on agriculture or fishing,” said Dr Fahad Saeed, regional lead for South Asia and the Middle East at Climate Analytics, a climate science policy institute.

“The heat is not foreign to this part of land,” he said, but added that temperatures were rising beyond the limits of people’s adaptability.

In Bangladesh, temperatures rose above 40C in the capital, Dhaka, earlier this month, marking the hottest day in 58 years and causing road surfaces to melt.

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (Icimod), an intergovernmental group, has raised particular concern about the impact of global heating on the Hindu Kush Himalaya region.

The region holds the third largest body of frozen water in the world, and is warming at double the global average, according to the Icimod. “In the most optimistic scenario, limiting global warming to 1.5C, the region stands to lose one third of its glaciers by 2100 – creating huge risk to mountain communities, ecosystems and nature and the quarter of humanity downstream,” said Deepshikha Sharma, a Climate and Environment Specialist at Icimod.

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