SIDRA SAIF ISB: Prof. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Vice-Chairman of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has said that climate change affects livelihood, water resources, food security besides causing poverty, migration and coastal flooding.
“Change in climate can be observed through the warming of hot days and heat waves, and intensity of the precipitation. A small amount of warming is observed, however, its impacts are immense, which shows that if warming increases, the impact will be more severe,” said Prof Jean while delivering a special lecture on Challenges and Opportunities of Climate Change, here under the auspices of SDPI.
He said that there are many opportunities to integration, mitigation, and adaptation, and through these approaches, we can limit climate change and build more sustainable and resilient world.
Mitigation can result in benefiting human health, he said, adding that humanity has to make two choices to create different outcomes with substantial mitigation and adaptation measures.
Malik Amin Aslam Khan, Global Vice President IUCN, said Pakistan is contributing only 0.5 per cent of global GHGs. “We are one of the most vulnerable countries being affected by climate change,” he said.
Earlier, SDPI Executive Director Dr Abid Q. Suleri said that SDPI is working on the climate change issue since its inception and contributed a lot on the subject.