As thousands of South Asia's poorest people die from ever-worsening climate-linked disasters, a looming question is how countries such as India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh will seek to develop their own economies now that the atmosphere cannot withstand more emissions.
Developing countries are in a bind. They need to improve economic conditions for their people, but the development model presented by the West is still carbon-heavy.
"We have to work on the technologies that will help countries develop without having to emit so much carbon. Unless we do that, countries like, say, India and China, or Nigeria or any of the big countries, will not be willing partners in combating global climate change," says Balu Vellanki, a member of Brown and Green: South Asian Americans for Climate Justice.
At the Bangladesh Environment...