by Saad Khan on 19th February, 2010 at 5:13 PM CEST
Pakistan is a forefront state, coming to grips with stern concerns of atmospheric changes. Although Pakistan emits a small fraction of world’s total green house gases, it is being significantly affected by global warming. Noting more recurrent and extreme climatic events along with hotter summers and warmer winters, coastal populace have now become more susceptible to coastal rainfalls, flooding in some areas and drought in others. It is also expected that glaciers in the Hindukush and Karakoram mountain ranges are also expected to melt at an increasing rate in the years to come. All this has impacted deeply on the country’s crop production. Although all this is expected the current and the previous year saw no rainfall in the last six months. Asia’s largest wheat producer, Pakistan, is likely to miss its target production for the current year due to such dry weather conditions prevailing in the country.
The environmental degradation is estimated to hit the GDP with a loss of 5 to 6 percent in coming years. For this reason a Center to study Climatic changes has also been setup recently to minimize losses inflicted by weather changes.
The country is witnessing severe pressures on natural resources and environment. Citizens on the other hand are perturbed by the epidemics spreading due to the dry spell. Cities near the port are more vulnerable to such diseases and there is nothing that can be done about it. The climate professionals in the nation are indicating harsh water scarcity saying that water supply, already a major distress in many parts of the country, will decline radically, disturbing food production.
In nutshell climate change is posing a lot of issues for the country’s environmental sustainably. Much of this damage has come in the form of severe economic shocks. In addition, the intensity of climate change is intensifying social and environmental problems on hand.