The Stream, November 21: World Should Brace for More Weather Extremes

The world should brace for more record-breaking temperatures, heat waves, droughts and heavy downpours as climate change will likely increase the risk from extreme weather events, according to a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the BBC reported.

The World Resources Institute summarizes the five takeaways from the report. And Ceres highlights what the extreme weather means for companies and their customers.

China could create 10.6 million new jobs over the next five years if it phases out its dirtiest, energy- and water-intensive industries, and replaces them with “green” technology, the Guardian reported, citing a new report by the China Council of International Co-operation on Environment and Development. The study estimates that the gains from China’s clean energy transition would far exceed the costs of eliminating the dirtiest sectors of the economy, which are calculated as a loss of 950,000 jobs.

A growing rivalry between India, Pakistan and China over Kashmir’s rivers may be threatening South Asia’s peace, according to The Economist.

More than 2 million people in northern Afghanistan are suffering from food shortages after a drought, the Associated Press reported, citing aid agencies. The situation could get worse if winter snows cut off access to remote regions.

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