Experts' Views

Climate change experts share their insights, opinions and knowledge.

Bart Édes, Director Poverty Reduction, Gender and Social Development at ADB discusses the human cost of Cyclone Mahasen and how countries can prepare to deal with big weather threats.

A new ADB report says human and financial losses from natural disasters are rising fast in Asia and the Pacific. The report, Investing in Resilience recommends regional governments find ways to offer disaster risk financing such as insurance and catastrophe bonds to strengthen resilience and offset the impacts. Bindu Lohani, ADB’s Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development discusses the cost of disasters to the region and how preparedness is key.

ADB's Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Bindu Lohani, explains how critical COP18 is in moving the global agenda forward on climate change and what is at stake for Asia in these talks.

One of the world’s most highly regarded development economists, Professor Jeffrey Sachs speaks on Asia’s pressing climate and sustainability challenges and the urgency of policy and economic-led change.

Professor Hironori Hamanaka, Chair, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, discusses the renewed controversy surrounding the use of nuclear power, and talks about opportunities for the private sector in providing energy alternatives. He also emphasizes ADB's key role in helping developing countries in Asia address climate change.

Professor Dadi Zhou, Director General (Emeritus) of PRC's Energy Research Institute, discusses the viability of renewable energy, and elaborates on the infrastructure changes and technologies that must be part of any comprehensive plan to address climate change.

Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Nobel laureate as Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), addresses the issues of food security, water, and climate change in Asia and the Pacific. He says that ADB can help create the institutional "climate" to support necessary policy changes in the region.

Dr. Emil Salim, Adviser to Indonesia's President on Environment and Sustainable Development, describes what he calls the "Asian way" to address climate change, including saving its forests. He says that the key is harmony between nature and society, and a sense of spirituality. He challenges ADB to appraise nature's services and "get the price right."