Millions of smallholder farmers in South and Southeast Asia are missing out on new, resilient seeds that could improve their yields in the face of climate change.
The EU sought Asian support for free trade, the Iran nuclear deal and fighting global warming at a regional summit that included China, Japan and Russia.
Climate change will brew trouble for beer lovers in coming decades as it shrinks yields of barley, the top grain used to make the world's most popular alcoholic drink.
Climate change is bringing tougher times for many farmers around the world, including those in eastern Nepal.
The drought has affected livestock, wheat, wine and wool production, and the forecasted spring rains are unlikely to offer much relief.
Rising carbon emissions could make vital food crops from wheat to rice less nutritious and endanger the health of hundreds of millions of the world's poorest, scientists say.
Many protected areas fall short, according to a report in the journal Science led by researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia.
The bank assessed 67 developed, emerging and frontier markets.
As Beijing reported big improvements in air quality last year, nationwide gains were much more muted as industrial activity shifted away from the capital.
Among the regions rated as “excellent” were the cities of Beijing and Shanghai.
Energy officials insist national development necessitates continued reliance on coal-fired power plants, but opponents say the cost is too high.