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June 26, 2011

Current decade a great threat to climate change


June 26, 2011

The current decade (2010-2020) is very crucial and a great threat to climate change as the emission of Green House Gases (GHG) from industries and fossil fuel is increasing dangerously and will result in extreme changes in global weather which will be irreversible if not controlled, said Dr Ishfaq Ahmad, Advisor Planning Commission.
He said this while addressing the inaugural session of National Workshop on Stocktaking of Green House Gasses (GHG) Inventory Development in Pakistan, organised by Global Change Impact Study Centre here on Saturday.
Dr Ishfaq said that surge in global temperature can be controlled by controlling the industrial GHG emission. He said the irreversible extreme threats would be rise in sea level along the coastal areas, extreme heat wave, and rapid melt down of glaciers which result in flooding.
The global temperature in last few years have been raised .4 Celsius and would keep on surging to 1.6 Celsius to 6 Celsius in this century, the environmentalist assume. But it is being tried by developed and developing countries to keep the temperature surge between 1-2 Celsius as this band will not create extreme threats to global weather.
The purpose of holding this workshop is to analyse the GHG behaviour in current scenario in different fields like agriculture and forestry and is start to prepare 2nd national communication for Pakistan as assigned by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said Dr Jawed Ali Khan, DG Ministry of Environment.
Pakistan is a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which aims to limit the adverse impacts of climate change, both at global and regional levels, so that those do not threaten the food, water, and energy security — and thereby socio-economic progress — of human populations, esp. in the developing countries.
One of the obligations of signatory countries is to develop, periodically update and publish National

Communications, which also serve as the basis for concrete future actions for adaptation and mitigation of climate change impacts in a sustainable manner. These Communications are expected to contain inter alia an Inventory of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) * emitted during the course of various industrial, agricultural and other activities in the country.
Pakistan submitted its Initial National Communication (INC) in 2003, which presented the GHG Inventory for 1994. Since then, no major national-level effort was undertaken to update that Inventory until the Applied Systems Analysis Division of PAEC prepared a Draft GHG Inventory in 2009. Since Pakistan’s Second National Communication (SNC) is now due, it is important to start working towards the evolution of a nationally owned GHG Inventory.
The National Workshop on “Stocktaking of GHG Inventory Development in Pakistan” organised by Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC), Ministry of Environment. It is aimed at an overall stocktaking of efforts done so far, a review of the 2009 Inventory, identification of gaps, suggestions on measures for improvement, possible institutional arrangements etc.

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