Pakistan produces less than 1% of global carbon emissions, yet it is one of the top countries impacted by climate change

The heavy monsoon rains that have been caused by the climate crisis have led to flooding across Pakistan since June.

Pakistan contributes to less than 1% of global carbon emissions, yet it is one of the top countries impacted by climate change

Pakistan produces less than 1% of global carbon emissions, yet it is one of the top 10 countries most impacted by climate change since 2000.

This is visible from the recent floodings in different parts of the country, which have killed more than 900 people so far, out of which more than 300 were children.

The heavy monsoon rains that have been caused by the climate crisis have led to flooding across Pakistan since June. Destruction of large magnitude has been observed, with millions of acres of crops being damaged, 130 bridges destroyed and communication lines have been cut off. Due to this, thousands of people have been left stranded, without shelter or food. According to the Minister for Climate Change, more than 33 million people have been impacted by current floods.

The damage to crops has also caused price hikes in a country that is already going through a significant economic crisis.

Pakistan remains a climate-vulnerable country

Countries that contribute the most to global carbon emissions are Russia, the United States, China, India, Germany, Japan, and Iran. However, despite its minute emissions, Pakistan continues to remain among the top 10 climate-vulnerable countries.

While Pakistan has launched an ‘Eco-system Restoration Fund,’ and has continued in its pursuit to plant trees and provide solutions to climate change, it is one of the worst-hit nations by it.

Flooding across Pakistan

Large parts of the nation remain submerged in water, particularly the provinces of Sindh, KP, and Balochistan. South Punjab has also been heavily hit by the floods.

Around 347 people have lost their lives in Sindh, 226 in KP, and 238 in Balochistan. In 2022, the precipitation in some regions was 600% higher than average.

Pakistani senator and Minister, Sherry Rehman called the disaster a ‘serious climate catastrophe.’ She said that this is one of the hardest in the decade, as 3,451 kilometers of roads have been destroyed so far.

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