Climate: (Pakistan among top ten most vulnerable countries to climatic change)


ISLAMABAD: Environmental experts on Monday said that Pakistan was among top ten most vulnerable countries to climatic change where weather patterns were making major environmental impacts.

Climatic and environmental experts said that situation might further deteriorate in the coming years if a national plan was not designed to cope with the situation. Asif Shuja – a former head of the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (PEPA) – said due to massive deforestation and rapid urbanisation temperature in Islamabad and other cities had started to regularly cross 44 degrees in summer.

He said that there was a need to take satellite images of the federal capital to gauge the most heat emitting areas. “Once the major heat emitting areas are detected, it will help take preventive measures to control rising temperatures of the city. The same pattern may be applied to other parts of the country to get the exact calculations,” he added.

According to a press statement, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) Environmentalist Dr Fahad Saeed said the environment was under rapid changes since last many decades. He said that loss of agricultural revenue and additional costs for managing water resources, disease and other health risks was subjected to economic activity.

Another SDPI expert Kashif Salik said chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were the greenhouse gases responsible for damaging the ozone layer, which is responsible for climatic variations in the world. “Massive deforestation is also another cause of rising temperature and climatic variations in the country,” he added.