Jakarta – Independent physical climate risk analysis organization, The Cross Dependency Initiative (XDI), released its latest global ranking list of provinces across Asia facing the highest risk of damage from extreme weather and climate change. XDI reported that four provinces on Java Island namely East Java, West Java, Central Java and Jakarta are highly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change and are included in the global top 100 ranks.
“East Java is ranked 23rd, West Java is 24th, Central Java is 31st, and Jakarta is ranked 91st,” said XDI CEO, Rohan Hamden, adding that there are six other provinces in Indonesia that globally have the highest risk of damage, namely North Sumatra, South Sulawesi, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, Banten and Aceh.
Hamden said, in terms of the overall scale of damage risk and risk escalation, Asia has the biggest losses as climate change extremes increase. From data on the top 50 most-at-risk provinces in 2050, more than half will be in China.
On the other hand, Asia also has the potential to benefit the most from preventing a worsening of climate change and accelerating investment in climate resilience. Asia’s highly developed and significant economic centers, globally, rank in the top 100 for damage risk, including Jakarta, Beijing, Ho Chi Minh City, Taipei City, and Mumbai. Southeast Asia experienced the greatest damage escalation from 1990 to 2050 worldwide.
The Gross Domestic Climate Risk Rating is the most sophisticated global analysis of physical climate risk to date. These ratings offer breadth and depth and detail on a scale never before seen.
The analysis method used by XDI is to collect Gross Domestic Climate Risk data, then compare more than 2,600 provinces and states around the world. The ranking is based on physical buildings that can be affected by changes in weather patterns and extreme weather incidents due to climate change with the IPCC Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 8.5. This means that if the world does not take any climate action then the world’s average temperature will exceed 4 degrees Celsius in 2100. More than 320 million data points are used to analyze the possible damage that could be experienced by the region due to impacts on infrastructure assets and buildings. (Hartatik)