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The News

Published Date: Sep 8, 2014

Greenhouse gases causing climatic variations

Islamabad

Meteorologists
and environmental experts on Sunday termed the rapid increase of
greenhouse gases (Chlorofluorocarbons) as the major cause of climatic
variations and rising temperature in the federal capital.

 

Meteorologists
and environmentalists said that Pakistan was already among the top ten
countries where unusual weather patterns were making major environment
impacts and the situation might further deteriorate in the coming years
if attention was not paid to issues related to climate change.

 

Sustainable
Development Policy Institute (SDPI) environmentalist Kashif Salik said
that capital’s environment was under rapid changes since last many
decades and approximately each and every field of its found under
changing i.e. forest cover, urban lands and water bodies.
Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are greenhouse gases. They were largely
responsible for damaging the ozone layer which is directly responsible
for climatic variations, said Kashif Salik. Massive deforestation is
also another main cause of rising temperature in the capital city, he
added. The effect of climate change on regional and national economies
was projected to be largely effected, he said.

 

Salik
further said that loss of agricultural revenue and additional costs for
managing water resources and disease and other health risks was
subjected to economic activity. Former Pakistan Environmental Protection
Agency Director General Asif Shuja said that due to widespread falling
of trees and rapid urbanisation temperature in the capital city has
started to regularly cross 44 degrees in summer. It is because of new
construction and uprooting of trees he said suggesting that there was a
need to take satellite images of Islamabad to gauge the most heat
emitting areas. Once the major heat emitting areas are detected it will
help take preventive measures to control rising temperatures of the
city, he said.