Unless the world's leaders can engineer a reversal of global warming, little else will matter.
For Vinod Thomas's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
to stay relevant, the World Bank needs to blend financing with its expertise in problems of rapid urbanization, alarming demographic shifts and rising income disparities.
Japan's stakes in a low carbon world economy is among the highest as it is on the front line of climate disasters and also a leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
It's time for voters everywhere to hold leaders accountable for their failure to cut carbon dioxide emissions.
With Strategy 2030, the Asian Development Bank has a crucial chance to make a difference in achieving a better quality of growth in the region.
Tackling widening income disparities needs to be a greater economic and social priority in most Asian economies.
Runaway global warming is proving to be a tipping point for catastrophes.
Just as governments try to cushion financial shocks, so they must invest in reducing disaster risk.
Climate-related natural disasters are no longer one-off occurrences, rather they are systemic events that need preventive action.
Trump already wants to invest in energy and infrastructure. If he does so in a climate-friendly way, the U.S. will reap enormous benefits — and so will the rest of the world.