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A man rebuilds his house at a cyclone affected area in the outskirts of Yangon. An estimated 1.5 million people in Myanmar were affected by Cyclone Nargis in 2008, making it the worst natural disaster in the country's history. EPA/EPA PHOTO

Southeast Asia will be highly vulnerable if no action is taken to address climate change, according to a study by the Asian Development Bank.

Read more: ADB sees greater economic losses from climate change

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The record heat waves and devastating droughts that accompany climate change could also hurt the world’s electricity production, according to a new study.

Read more: Climate Change Could Cause Power Blackouts Worldwide

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The current El Niño is the strongest on record and is likely to continue until around May, but with its fallout - especially in Southeast Asia - expected to be felt until the end of the year.

Dozens have died and millions of dollars have been lost due to El Niño-related weather, from storms and floods in the Americas to drought in Southeast Asia. El Niño causes warm waters that normally pile up in the Western Pacific to flow east, triggering heavier rain along the west coast of the Americas and drier conditions in Australasia and Southeast Asia.

Read more: El Niño a taste of new reality

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The plight of the small island developing states was center stage throughout the Paris climate talks. Thanks to them, the Paris agreement now mentions an aspirational goal of keeping global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, an unexpected and welcome result for communities that would face inundation in a world warmed by an extra 2 degrees Celsius. 

Read more: Set up ‘smart villages’ versus global warming

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