Energy Crisis of Pakistan Essay

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Paper No. 288 CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS REALITIES FOR PAKISTAN Ali Hasnain Sayed 80 Sayed Symposium on “Changing Environmental Pattern and its impact with Special Focus on Pakistan” 81 CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS REALITIES FOR PAKISTAN Ali Hasnain Sayed Manager Policy, Freshwater World Wide Fund for Nature, Pakistan Abbreviations: WWF – P CC GCISC GDP GHG GLOF IPCC MAF World Wide Fund for Nature – Pakistan Climate Change Global Change Impact Studies Center Gross Domestic Product Green House Gases Glacial Lake Outburst Flood Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Million Acre Feet INTRODUCTION Global Climate Change (CC) resulting from an increasing concentration of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere has become an accepted and major theme in today‘s world. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the average temperature of the earth increased by 0.6 ° C over the last century and it is expected to further increase by 1.4 to 5.8 º C by the end of the current century. These changes in temperature are but the crest of the many environmental, social and political issues which will follow in the wake of the changing climate (LEAD, 2008). Unfortunately the major causes of a rapidly warming climate can be attributed to anthropogenic activities such as the burning of fuel, the depletion of forests and changes in land use (conversion of forest into agriculture land). Having said this, it is important to note that some levels of GHGs are necessary to maintain temperatures needed to sustain human and animal life. The average mean temperature of the earth is 15°C, without greenhouse gases it would sit at -18 º C, a temperature which is unsuitable for overall life. Recent history points to a rapid increase in both Greenhouse gas emissions and a parallel warming of the earth on a global scale. As such, this is a global

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