Pakistan Ranked as World’s 7th Most Affected Country by Global Warming – Situation is Alarming

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In Pakistan, the climate has been changed as compared to a few decades ago and this change is expected to be continue, which made Pakistan appear in the list of countries most affected by global warming. Global warming occurs when there is an increase of greenhouse effect. In this process, earth holds some of the energy of the sun and became warm by the time. The global warming is the major threat to the earth and the current situation is alarming for Pakistan as well.

Pollution and global warming

Global Climate Risk Index 2018 Report

According to the report, “The Climate Risk Index may serve as a red flag for an already existing vulnerability that may further increase in regions, where extreme events will become more frequent or more severe due to climate change.”

Furthermore, due to increasing ratio of global warming, Pakistan ranked on the 7th number in the list of countries which has been affected by global warming with the death toll of 523.1 per year. However, out of 10 countries, 9 are the developing countries like Pakistan.

Reasons for Global Warming in Pakistan

“Pakistan because of its geographic location has been frequently affected from heavy monsoons in the past. Over the past 20 years, if we look at the extreme weather events in Pakistan, heavy rainfalls and flooding have severely affected the lives and livelihoods of people. Floods have badly affected the agriculture sector which has compromised the GDP targets too. In the past, heat waves and possible cold waves have also posed a threat to the people.” This study reveals.

Furthermore, due to excessive flooding situations in Pakistan affects water resources and decreased river flows. Among all the reasons, the most common reason for global warming is fewer trees and crops. There are some of the crops and trees which respond favorably to the increased atmosphere.

Steps to be taken to decrease Global Warming in Pakistan

There is a need to control the excessive pollution due to factories and automobile which cause are main reason for global warming and for dealing with that government should take some basic necessary steps. The federal government and all provinces of Pakistan should consider the production of more crops and trees all over the country at the huge level and along with spending the budget on construction they should invest in crops and trees due to this alarming situation.

Here we can quote the step of KPK government, who started the project of planting 1 billion trees within the province and this step will defiantly help in dealing with global warming.

At the personal level, every individual should take basic steps to decrease global warming from their country. While shopping for the home appliances, make sure you are buying energy efficient products which produce less carbon dioxide. Another daily routine step you can take is “don’t waste water”. Pakistan is at the alarming situation that if we don’t take any measurements we might effect by the water deficiency. Drive the fuel-efficient automobile and make sure your vehicle doesn’t produce smoke.

Take all basic steps in your daily life routine which may control the global warming situation in Pakistan and government should also take huge steps to control this alarming situation including more projects to plant trees in all different provinces of Pakistan as well as the Capital territory.

This article was written by staff member: Sehrish Ilyas
Editor: K. Shahzad

Karachi experiences hottest summer day of the year with temperature up to 46 Degrees

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It is just the beginning of summer and it has left deadening effect on the people of Karachi. Karachi experiences the deadliest heat wave Pakistan had seen in over 50 years. Last time the heat wave experienced by the people of Karachi in 2015 left more than 1,200 people dead and around 40,000 people badly effected from heat and exhaustion.  However, the people living in the remote areas of Sindh experiences more exhaustion and heatstroke than Karachi. Like Nawabshah, considered one of the most unbearable city regarding its burning temperature, where people out there faced the temperature up to the extent of 52°C. But making the comparison of both of the cities, the heatwave faced by the people of Karachi cannot be endured just because of the differentiation in humidity level. Karachi faced the recorded heat wave of 46°C following 65% of humidity on Wednesday.

Extreme Heat in KarachiWhile the consistency of Policy makers remain markedly there and this entire event remains unnoticed. So, as a result with no option left people of Karachi has decided to fight this challenging thing theirselves. Many people and NGO’s have shown up their presence by making their contribution, bundle of emergency camps are installed at numerous places to prevent happening any of the unconscious event. People are voluntarily distributing wet towels, showering water, and providing potables to the passing by people. The ramification of this could have gone very worse if this sort of positive moves wouldn’t have been taken.

Facing heatstroke is definitely not a easy thing to deal with and especially when its Ramadan because people fasting can only go on with only two things whether staying home or face consequences. Being an hub of education, there are thousands of students are enrolled in different universities and colleges of Karachi, and majority of the universities are conducting the examination also. This even didn’t change the decision of high authorities.

After witnessing the hottest period Karachi has experienced a temperature drop to 38.4°C. According to the reports of Pakistan Meteorological Department the weather will be pleasant and partly cloudy for the whole week, and the temperature will remain in the range between 34 and 38°C. According to the experts the heatwave experienced this Thursday was the last one and there is no chance of its happening again unless there is any cyclonic activity is generated in the Sea.

This article is written by staff member: Mahad Gujjar

A rare cool day for Rawalpindi and Islamabad in summer

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Yes it is true, the weather forecasts telling the different story, despite today being very pleasant day the hostile heat is about to be back just on tomorrow. Today in Rawalpindi and Islamabad it kept raining in several little time spans of 5 to 20 minutes, some lightening and winds also witnessed and the temperature was mostly around 29 degrees or low.

Weather forecasts for tomorrow show a real hot 37 and increasing temperatures from tomorrow and so on. Some rain in night is expected but the drying weather already back the facts provided by weather forecasts.

Following are few images taken in ever in dual sunny and cloudy kind of atmosphere.

Hope we keep getting such low temp days frequently! 🙂