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Climate Change Threatens Food Supply, Economy of Southeast Asia, Could Become Rallying Point

According to Noviscape, a 2009 Asian Development Bank report on climate change indicates that Southeast Asia "will lose 75% of its present rice growing areas in the worst case climate scenario when nothing is done today to address the potential problem."

Implications:
For the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the newsletter states, this crop is both a key export and a critical domestic source of food. The publication sees a silver lining in the potential crisis, suggesting the threat has "centripetal attraction" that could unify ASEAN nations.

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