Is the Global Climate Emergency Making South Asia Unlivable? † TV shows

On Tuesday, June 28 at 19:30 GMT:
In northeastern Bangladesh and India, monsoon rains have led to the worst flooding the region has seen in years. Last week, at least 9.5 million people were affected and more than 100 were killed in floods, lightning strikes and landslides. Millions remain stranded with little access to food and drinking water.

Scientists say climate change has made the region’s monsoon season — which usually starts in June — unpredictable and more changeable compared to decades past. Rainfall for this year’s monsoon started in March and much of it is expected to come in shorter and potentially more dangerous periods.

The floods are yet another example of the precarious situation facing millions of South Asians who are living on the front lines of the global climate emergency and are increasingly exposed to extreme heat waves, crop-killing dry conditions and dangerous rainy seasons. Some coastal villages in Bangladesh are now uninhabitable due to rising sea levels.

In this episode of The Stream, we look at ongoing flooding and the impact of extreme weather events in South Asia.

In this episode of The Stream we speak with:
Sharaban Tahura Zaman
Senior research fellow, Center for Climate Justice

Ritu Bharadwaj, @RituBharadwaj16
Senior researcher, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Pavni Mittal, @pavnimittal
Reporter, Al Jazeera English

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