Climate change is badly affecting the poor rural population and the environment. According to media reports, the world is getting warmer as green house gases reach historic highs and arctic seas ice melts, making 2013 one of the hottest years on record. Global temperatures during 2013 were among the warmest on record world-wide according to the annual State of the Climate Report 2013. Sea surface temperatures also rose, making last year among the 19 warmest on record.
In Pakistan, climate change is also affecting temperatures since 1971. The temperature in Rawalpindi was decreasing during 1947-71, but since then it has been continuously increasing as part of overall effects of climate change in the country. According to a report titled ‘Emerging Climate Change in Pakistan’, Karachi shows a regular increase in the temperature, Lahore had a declining trend during 1947-58 and from 1958 to 1984 no change was observed. After 1984 an increasing trend was observed in mean maximum temperature. In Lahore temperatures are rising slowly with a rate of one percent per 50 years. During the last 50 years, there has been a 0.4 percent increase in the temperature of Peshawar city.
Started in year 2010, ‘Climate Himalaya’ initiative has been working on Mountains and Climate linked issues in the Himalayan region of South Asia. In the last five years this knowledge sharing portal has become one of the important references for the governments, research institutions, civil society groups and international agencies, those have work and interest in the Himalayas. The Climate Himalaya team innovates on knowledge sharing, capacity building and climatic adaptation aspects in its focus countries like Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan. Climate Himalaya’s thematic areas of work are mountain ecosystem, water, forest and livelihood. Read>>