Pakistan is likely to become the most adversely affected country in the South Asian region due to the increase in climatic change, a study by the World Climate Research Programme and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology says.
In the next 60 to 80 years, the temperature in the northern areas of Pakistan is expected to increase by six degrees, according to the report.
“The high temperatures will have an immediate impact on glaciers,” a weather expert said. “The ice will melt rapidly causing floods not only in villages but also in big cities.”
This may also lead to extreme climatic conditions such as heavy rainfalls and massive droughts.
Climate experts across the country have pinned their hopes on the Paris Agreement. The agreement was signed with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2016 to deal with greenhouse-gas-emission mitigation, adaptation and finance.
“If developed nations extend their support to developing countries there is hope that actions can be taken to, if not stop, delay these climatic changes,” another expert said.
Pakistan should increase the pace of its Billion Tree Tsunami Project and take further steps to protect the environment, he added.