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Climate change is giving us a beating but we seem to still be asleep

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In recent years, Pakistan has joined the list of countries most vulnerable to climate change. Its geographical location has been frequently affected by heavy monsoon in the past.

In the last 20 years, if we observe extreme weather events in Pakistan, heavy rains and floods have seriously affected life and livelihoods. Floods have severely affected the agricultural sector, which has also compromised GDP targets. In the past, heat waves and possible cold waves also posed a threat to people.

Pakistan’s love for coal is a problem. The perception is common in developing countries that since the Western world has progressed using coal, it is a good idea to use it.

Pakistan should think about reducing its emissions, which can help reduce the risk of extreme weather events in its country. The reduction of emissions is not only the responsibility of developed countries, but also developing countries.

In Pakistan, more than 524,000 people have died as a direct result of more than 11,000 extreme weather events, and losses between 1997 to 2016 amount to around $3.16 trillion (in purchasing power parities).

This year’s COP presidency is held by the Republic of Fiji, which along with other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is severely affected by climate impact and also classified in Germanwatch’s short – and long-term index.

Dr. Tariq Banuri, senior environmental expert, recently joined the Global Change Impact Studies Center (GCISC) as Executive Director. Dr. Tariq was also the lead coordinating author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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