Pakistan ranked 5th among countries vulnerable to Climate Change: Global Climate Risk Index

The Global Climate Risk Index has indicated in its annual report that our country is currently the fifth in the ranking of the most endangered countries to climate change.

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 According to a recently released Germanwatch report, Pakistan is now fifth among most vulnerable countries to climate change. As mentioned in the Global Climate Risk Index, more than 10,000 lives are lost in Pakistan along with a loss of $3.8 billion to the national economy. Other than that, Pakistan has been subject to extreme weather conditions from 1999 to 2018.

The vulnerability of this country to climate change is growing every day, as per the statements released by Germanwatch. These reports have made it clear that the government of Pakistan is neglecting this issue and they’re not making enough efforts to cope up with the increasing risks and challenges possessed by climate change.
As per the statement in the reports, “Pakistan is among the countries that are recurrently affected by catastrophes (and) continuously rank among the most affected countries both in the long-term index and in the index for the respective year.” 
The Global Climate Risk Index has indicated in its annual report that our country is currently the fifth in the ranking of the most endangered countries to climate change.
Besides, there are nine other countries on the list that are side to be affected by climate change, including Myanmar, Philippines, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Nepal, Dominica, and
Thailand.

The geographical location of Pakistan is one significant reason:

Seven countries out of these ten including Pakistan, are still developing in the category of lower-middle income and low income. Whereas, two countries, Dominica and Thailand, are considered as upper-middle-income nations, while Puerto Rico is a country with an advanced economy.
The geographical location of Pakistan is one significant reason behind why it has been ranking again and again in the list of vulnerable countries to climate change.
As stated by a co-author of the report, David Eckstein,
“The entire region where Pakistan is located is prone to extreme weather events, in particular, heavy rainfall (for example, during monsoon season) and flooding as a result.”
Looking at the new Global Climate Risk Index report, Malik Amin Aslam Khan, Prime Minister’s Advisor on Climate Change stated, “Our ranking over the long-term index went up from eight to fifth because the period used amplifies our most climate catastrophic events in 2010/2011 when the super floods hit.”
He further added, “In terms of economic costs at USD 3.8 million, we are number three over a 20-year period. What this means is that our economy is constantly at risk from climate catastrophes, and this is not just an environmental challenge but an issue impacting our economy, human health, agriculture, and ecosystem.” 


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