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Asia-Pacific Analysis: Climate Change and Agriculture

The older folks among us have noticed that typhoons and hurricanes have come more frequently, are more destructive and no longer follow the seasons. In the old days, for example, the typhoon season in South-East Asia usually started in July and ended in September. Nowadays, the most powerful ones are in the last two months of the year and they come even in the first half of the year. Why? Scientists say that this is because of climate change. Climate change affects rainfall patterns, storms and droughts, growing seasons, humidity and sea level.

Markus Kostner / World Bank


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