IPCC Warns of Widespread Impact of Climate Change in South Asia

Aug 15th, 2014 | By | Category: Pakistan

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in a latest report has warned that climate change will have widespread impacts on South Asian society and its interaction with the natural environment. The report indicates that waiting or doing nothing is no longer an option and makes a compelling case for immediate global action on climate change, says a press release.

That report said there was a 95 per cent probability that human influence is the dominant cause of the observed global warming since the mid-20th century. The IPCC issued its latest assessment of the causes, impacts and solutions to climate science, in three parts, starting in September last year under the title ‘Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change’. Its fifth assessment report, titled ‘IPCC AR5 — What it means for a stronger and more inclusive Pakistan’.

The launch was organised by the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Pakistan with the support of Climate Knowledge and Development Network (CDKN) in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The purpose of the event was to bring the key messages of the Fifth Assessment Report to audiences in Pakistan.

The event was attended by Major General Muhammad Saeed Aleem, NDMA Chairman Dr. Adil Najam, Dean of Pardee School of Global Studies, Dr. Ghulam Rasul, Chief Meteorologist, PMD, Dr. Amir Muhammed, Rector FAST-NU, Khawar Mumtaz, National Commission for the Status of Women Chairperson Shehnaz Wazir Ali, former MNA, Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, LEAD CEO Pakistan and other senior officials representing government, civil society and academia.

Welcoming participants LEAD Pakistan CEO Ali Tauqeer Sheikh said that this is the most comprehensive assessment of climate change ever with input of 830 expert authors from 85 countries.

“The report reviews the scientific evidence on the trends and causes of climate change, the risks to human and natural systems, and options for adaptation and mitigation,” he added.

Speaking to the participants Dr. Adil Najam, Dean of Pardee School of Global Studies said that time has come for everyone to step forward and take action in fighting against climate change.

Dr. Mohsin Iqbal, Lead Author from Pakistan said that climate change will cause declines in agricultural productivity in many sub regions of Asia for crops such as rice.

He said that international cooperation is vital to avert dangerous climate change and South Asian governments can promote global action.

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