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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."

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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