Rockefeller fund to help Asia endure hotter planet
Last updated 2-5-09 at 1:45 p.m.
By Michael Casey
The Associated Press
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — The Rockefeller Foundation will spend
tens of millions of dollars helping Asian cities
endure global warming instead of trying to stop it, the foundation’s
president said Jan. 27.
Judith Rodin said the money will be spent developing
programs in 10 Asian cities that will improve their
ability to withstand climate change.
“There was a conscious decision to focus on adaptation because
so few people were doing it,” Rodin said at a press conference
in Bangkok. “Regardless of how many Hummers could be traded for
Priuses, the climate change that we’ve wreaked upon the planet
is occurring. There is no redress for it but mitigation
Campaigns to curb greenhouse gases have encouraged
people to choose fuel-efficient vehicles like the
Toyota Prius and to shun vehicles with higher emissions like Hummers.
Possible projects to help Asian cities would minimize
the impact of floods or prevent dengue fever, a
mosquito-borne illness that is expected to be more widespread as a result
of global warming, she said. The foundation might also finance insurance
products that protect citizens and businesses from losses incurred as
a result of extreme weather.
The initiative is part of plan by the New York–based foundation
to spend $70 million over five years to address
climate change around the world. About two-thirds
of the fund will be spent in Asia.
The group plans to work in the Indian cities of
Surat, Indore, and Gorakphur, and the Vietnamese
cities of Da Nang, Can Tho, and Quy Nhon. Cities in Thailand and Indonesia
are expected to be announced in the coming months.
“Climate change and environmental degradation disproportionately
burden those with fewest means, the majority of
whom live in or are moving to cities,” said Rodin. (end)