The Asian region spans polar, temperate and tropical climates and is home to over 3 billion people.  As the climate warms,  many mountain glaciers may disappear and permafrost will thaw.  Also the northern forests are likely to shift further north. Rapid population growth and development in countries like China and India will put additional pressures on natural ecosystems and will lead to a rapid rise in the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere unless steps are taken to curtail emissions.

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