Treading Water

The biggest Hollywood blockbuster can't compare to rainy season in Asia. The air around you suddenly thickens. The sky blackens and crackles with lightning. Then comes the rain, humbling in its ferocity, crashing earthward as a near-solid wall of water. I live in Bangkok, where the monsoon is now reaching a crescendo, and every day I watch the greatest show on earth through my office window.

But it's getting harder to enjoy the show. The rains dramatically illustrate how vulnerable Asia's densely populated coastal cities are to climate change. Breakneck growth...

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