Pakistan Is Failing To Address Climate Change
The whole world is currently experiencing rapid climate change. Last year and, again this year, the record of the coldest weather in one region was broken, while somewhere else the heat melted the planet. Floods, storms and torrential rains wreaked havoc.
As the weather system deteriorates, so will life on Earth. That is why, in the current context, the United Nations is busy planning for climate change mitigation measures, but Pakistan, which is currently ranked tenth in the world affected by climate change, does not seem to be taking significant steps in this regard.
Pakistan has experienced a number of natural disasters in the last ten years including the worst floods, storms, rains and heatstroke, while the country’s largest city, Karachi has experienced the hottest weather and heatstroke this year. It is also predicted that if effective strategies are not developed to tackle climate change, Pakistan could face drought in the coming years as we run out of water reserves while temperatures rise at the same time.
Pakistan has become a major threat to the survival of thousands of frozen membranes.
Similarly, glaciers are melting rapidly due to extremely hot weather, which could ultimately lead to drought in Pakistan, and this, too, is not the end of the story.
On the one hand, the shadow of drought is looming, on the other, due to climate change, the country’s agriculture and agricultural production are also being affected. Meteorologists have warned that if timely precautions are not taken, a drought could soon ensue. A recent survey by an international organization found that Pakistan was not prepared to deal with the effects of climate change. Pakistan does not have the resources or trained staff to deal with any of the worst form of climate change.
Ever since climate change began to unsettle the world, Pakistan received warnings by experts that the country was going to be badly affected by the menace. A horrific scene that we saw come to pass in 2015, when Karachi saw a deadly heatstroke. Who was responsible for this catastrophe? Our agencies had expressed fears that this time it would be very hot, but we did not have any preparation to deal with it.
At present, the effects of climate change are a bigger threat to Pakistan than war, but unfortunately, Pakistan’s relevant institutions are silent spectators or weeping over the lack of funds, while on the other hand public security guarantors and claimant political leaders are busy politicising their interests. They don’t care how devastating climate change can be for the country.
According to the international organization WWF, marine pollution in Karachi has reached alarming levels.
The oceans also have a way of keeping the environment clean. They absorb carbon dioxide and other gases. We pollute the oceans as much as we pollute the air. Green gases join the oceans to form carbonic acid, due to which the acidity in the sea is increasing.
According to German Watch, Pakistan is ranked fifth in the world in the number of countries affected by climate change and is facing severe climate change. Pakistan was ranked seventh in another think tank’s 2019 report. It is now the fifth most insecure country in the world affected by climate change. German Watch is known around the world for its research on climate change. The organization publishes an annual report called the Global Climate Risk Index.
The report identifies the dangerous effects and causes of climate change by the think tank and proposes measures to mitigate them. According to the report, the catastrophes of climate change in Pakistan have killed about 10,000 people in the last two decades and caused damage to the country’s economy worth about 3.8 billion.
Developing countries are being hardest hit by climate change, the report said. Areas most affected by climate change have the highest risk of developing non-climatic conditions. Pakistan has been facing an energy crisis in recent years. To deal with this, coal-fired power plants have been set up in different parts of the country. Some experts believe that this could lead to an increase in pollution in the country.