The countries of Asia and the Pacific cover a vast and varied area, from Australia, with its desert interior, to the rainforests of Indonesia and the Philippines, to tiny island nations like Vanuatu. What ties them together, says Jesuit Fr. Pedro Walpole, are the moisture-bearing winds — a “river above” — that bring monsoon rains and sometimes fierce typhoons.
“A third of the world is the Pacific Ocean,” Walpole, who lives on Mindanao, in the Philippines, told EarthBeat. “If Asia wants a sustainable biome, it must pay attention to the Pacific Ocean. All of our weather is determined by the temperatures in the Pacific.”
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