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.
For Vinod Thomas's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
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.
The global economic gains from migration will lose their luster unless many of the factors that propel people to leave their countries for better opportunities abroad are addressed.
The world needs much stronger emission cuts than whatever comes out of the upcoming Paris talks on climate change.