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Erratic weather

By News Desk
April 20, 2024
Erratic weather

Climate change is the most important issue in today’s world. It has put a lot of countries at risk and the risk is significantly larger for developing countries. Pakistan is geologically located in a region where the effects of climate change are disproportionately severe. Unpredictable weather patterns have led to more devastating floods. The floods of 2022 displaced millions and caused widespread destruction as homes, schools, roads, and bridges suffered extensive damage, estimated in the billions of dollars. Conversely, climate change also disrupts precipitation patterns, leading to more frequent and severe droughts in some areas. This reduces freshwater availability in rivers, lakes, and aquifers and affects agriculture, livelihoods, and public health. Climate change casts a long shadow over food security too, disrupting agricultural cycles and leading to more crop failures and food insecurity.

This is a major concern for a country with a large population dependent on agriculture. While completely preventing climate change is a global challenge, Pakistan can take significant steps to prevent its impact on the changing environment. Some important areas for action include harnessing our tremendous renewable energy potential, reducing deforestation while promoting afforestation, and reducing and recycling waste.

Tahira Aly

Islamabad

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Winter downpours mostly arrive in November or December, the time of wheat sowing in Pakistan. This year, the rains did not arrive until February. According to some experts, the delayed rains have had a negative impact on the wheat crop, lengthening the growing period while farmers are also facing below-normal temperatures during the ongoing harvest season which usually sees higher temperatures.

These erratic weather patterns highlight the impacts of climate change, the country’s vulnerability to global warming, and the need to address this problem on both the global and national level. Some possible solutions include promoting sustainable farming practices, improving water management, and supporting small scale farmers.

Hijab Zahra Janjua

Islamabad