Over the tipping point

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Geographic area
East Asia & Pacific

The East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region is one of the most impacted areas to multiple types of overlapping climate and environmental shocks and stresses, 41 per cent of children in the region face five or more shocks, compared to global average of 14 per cent. Climate shocks are increasing in frequency, and interacting with non-climate shocks like the COVID pandemic, the cost-of-living crisis, among others, creating multiplier effects and cascading impacts in the region, leading to a "polycrisis": a situation with multiple near-simultaneous shocks with strong interdependencies. Other human-driven trends amplify these effects, leading to more shocks, thus creating knock-on effects on several interconnected systems and sectors. 

This report unveils the intensifying frequency and compounding effects of climate-related hazards intertwined with non-climate shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic and socio-economic challenges.