Heat waves seen increasing: report

VietNamNet Bridge
28 January 2015

The Viet Nam Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX Viet Nam) is the first major collaborative scientific analysis of climate change by Vietnamese researchers.

Compiled over more than two years by a group of 40 scientists, policy-makers and experts, the report assesses extreme weather and its impacts on the natural environment, socio-economic and sustainable development of the country. It offered a foundation for authorised agencies to formulate climate change policies, said co-editor-in-chief Tran Thuc.

Each heat wave typically lasts at least three days with daily temperatures over 38 degrees Celsius. There were 18 heat waves in 2012.

Scientists also predicted that droughts and strong storms would become more frequent.
Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Rajendra Kumar Pachauri said that the report showed excellent efforts from Vietnamese scientists, although it included some information gaps.

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