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Pakistan's climate change concerns and vulnerability

Pakistan is rated among the top 10 most effected countries to climate change as per independent international assessments such as that by GermanWatch, an NGO based in Germany. Listed below are the major climate change related concerns of the country and some recent examples of its vulnerability to climate change related extreme events:

Key exreme events in past:

  • Increasing extreme events over the last two decades;
  • Devastating super floods in 2010 and 2011 (about 2000 deaths, 20 million people homeless, $ 10 billion damages in 2010 alone);
  • Large scale flooding in 1992, 1997, 2003, 2006, 2012, 2013 and 2014;
  • Localized cloud burst causing urban flooding of Lahore (1996), Islamabad (2001) and Karachi (2009);
  • History's worst drought during 1999 - 2002; droughts in Thar area of Sindh and Cholistan area of southern Punjab in 2014;
  • Heat waves during 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2010 (53.7 °C);
  • Unprecedented cyclonic in 1999, 2007 and 2010.

Future vulnerability concerns:

 Challenging job opportunities at Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC), Government of Pakistan.

 International Science-Policy Conference on Climate Change (SPCCC), December 18-20, 2017 @ ISLAMABAD

 A seminar will be held on "Estimating Glacier Melt Rates in the Himalayas" in GCISC, Islamabad, on July 04, 2017 10:00AM by Ms. Jewell Lund, Graduate Student, University of Utah, USA

 A seminar will be held on "Role of Urban Environmental Gradients in Dengue Transmission in Pakistan" in GCISC, Islamabad, on July 03, 2017 02:00PM by Dr. Bushra Khalid, Postdoc fellow in IIASA, Austria

 Dr.Tariq Banuri join GCISC as Executive Director

 A third of the world now faces deadly heatwaves as result of climate change ( June 19, 2017)

 Trump believes in climate change, says US Ambassador ( June 05, 2017)

 UNDP expresses readiness to help Pakistan cope with adverse impact of climate change( June 13, 2017)

 World leaders to press Trump on climate change at G20 meeting ( June 19, 2017)

 PM approves launching of 'Green Pakistan Programme' to fight climate change ( June 19, 2017)