Conference on climate change

Thursday, May 10th, 2012 7:32:48 by

Conference on climate change

Climate change is a global issue and is of great concern for the entire international community. The global warming is causing widespread problems such as faster glacier melting, sea level rise, shortage of fresh water, prolonged droughts, ravaging floods,
more frequent and intense forest fires, high intensity storms, extreme heat episodes, agricultural disruption, spread of infectious diseases and biodiversity loss. A lot of collective and concerted efforts are required to reduce the impact of this hazardous

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Mir Changez Khan Jamali voiced these concerns during a three-day International Conference onClimate Change: Opportunities and Challenges held at National University of Sciences and Technology here on Wednesday. Pakistan
Council for Science and Technology is hosting the mega event. Mr. Jamali was the chief guest at the occasion. 

The minister said that according to scientific studies the average global temperature had risen by about 10oC during the past century and that increase was mostly due to fossil fuel burning and deforestation. He maintained that although it was a well known
fact that the developing countries were least responsible for global warming contributing only 10% of annual global carbon dioxide emissions, they were the ones that are most susceptible to theenvironmental, social and economic impacts of this climatic change
mainly due to their geographical location and socio-economic fragility.

Professor Dr Mudassir Asrar, Chairperson Pakistan Council for Science and Technology, PCST welcomed all the guest speakers and other participants to the event. She extended her gratitude to the Ministry of National Disaster Management and Global Change Impact
Study Centre for their cooperation with PCST in organising the conference. In her address, she said that the climate change was irreversibly harming Pakistan. She said that according to intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) assessment report, the
glacier melt in the Himalayas was projected to increase flooding and affect water resources within the next two to three decades.Realising the dire need for addressing the issue of climate change and its serious repercussions locally and globally, the chairperson
said PCST had hosted the international conference to bring together the world’s top scientists in all relevant fields for sharing their knowledge and experiences based on scientific evidence. In his remarks, Rector NUST Engr Muhammad Asghar welcomed all participants
to the event and felicitated Chairperson PCST for the conduct of the conference. He pinned high hopes that the event would serve as a stepping stone towards reducing the negative effects of climate change.

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