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Why is Pakistan oblivious to its climate threats?

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The writer is a development anthropologist. He can be reached at [email protected]

There is a plethora of alarming assessments pointing out how Pakistan is amongst the leading victims of global warming and climate change, yet it is surprising that not many people within the country seem too worried about this situation.

Besides lingering droughts and widespread water scarcity, it has not been too long since Pakistan experienced major devastation due to recurrent bouts of flooding. The 2010 floods covered roughly one-fifth of Pakistan’s land area and had affected the lives of 18 million people, besides causing massive economic damage. Yet, in 2015, a Gallup poll had found that only 31% Pakistanis believed that it is necessary to take major steps to address climate change very soon. On the other hand, 23% of them believed that it is not necessary to take any steps

Pakistan did create some disaster management capacity in the aftermath of the 2005 earthquake. Yet, these mechanisms have limited capacity and outreach to contend with major........

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