Japan Unveils Asia-Pacific Climate Change Data System

Politics

Karuizawa, Nagano Pref., June 16 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada on Sunday announced the establishment of a system to provide Asia-Pacific countries with data on the effects of climate change.

The Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Information Platform, or AP-Plat, will provide data on future temperature levels, flood risks and possible effects of climate change on rice crops and livestock farming.

The system, to be run by Japan's National Institute for Environmental Studies, will also give information on health risks associated with climate change, such as heatstroke risks.

Harada made the announcement on the sidelines of the two-day meeting of the Group of 20 energy and environment ministers in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, central Japan, from Saturday.

AP-Plat will start its service after collecting basic data in cooperation with Asia-Pacific countries, the Asian Development Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

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