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Southeast Asia Inches Closer to China to Survive Harsh Heat Waves

Nighttime view of the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi that has been thrown into partial darkness due to power shortages brought on by a prolonged heatwave. Nhac NGUYEN / AFP

Extreme high temperatures — a ‘once-in-200-years heat wave’ — have been hitting many Asian countries in recent weeks, including those in Southeast Asia. Experts said that it is only the beginning of an era that will see more frequent heat waves and other erratic weather.

This year’s heat wave has made at least two points clear: there is a non-negotiable urgency for everyone to switch to renewables, and Southeast Asia can not afford to wait for the US and its allies to provide help.

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