GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — Asia suffered its hottest year on record in 2020, the United Nations (UN) said Tuesday ahead of the COP26 summit, with extreme weather taking a heavy toll on the continent’s development.
“Extreme weather and climate change impacts across Asia in 2020 caused the loss of life of thousands of people, displaced millions of others and cost hundreds of billions of dollars, while wreaking a heavy toll on infrastructure and ecosystems,” the UN’s World Meteorological Organization said in the annual “State of the Climate in Asia” report.
The report also laid bare the total annual average losses due to climate-related hazards.
China suffered an estimated $238 billion, followed by India at $87 billion, Japan with $83 billion and South Korea on $24 billion.
The report comes days before COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference being held in Glasgow from Sunday to 12 November.