ICT exposed to erratic behaviour accelerating climate change impacts

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Islamabad—City of Islamabad and its surrounding territory are exposed to erratic behavior, which marked midifications in accelerating climate change impacts. A study conducted by ministry of Climate Change titled “Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of Islamabad” revealed that a host of factors accelerating climate change impacts included intensity, frequency and variability of temperature, precipitation, floods, droughts, cyclones etc.
The study was conducted Ministry of Climate Change in association with Un Habitat, Capital Development Authority and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Administration, an official of ministry told APP.
It said, extreme weather events recorded so far in the capital include highest maximum temperature of 46.6o C on 24th June 2005 and lowest at – 4.3o C on 25th December 1984. In 2001 heaviest rainfall of 621mm was recorded in 10 hours.
The main findings of the assessment reveal starling facts regarding erratic behavior and marked changes in the intensity, frequency and variability of temperature, precipitation, floods, droughts, cyclones etc.
The study proposes well though out planning interventions to make Islamabad a climate resilient city.
The study also makes recommendations of utilizing the present institutional arrangements for a well coordinated effective implementation of suggested plans in Islamabad. Second National Communication (SNC) Preparation of Pakistan’s Second National Communication (SNC) on Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions has also been initiated, the official informed.
This will be a three year study leading to stocktaking of all GHG emissions in Pakistan with options of mitigation and adaptation actions.—APP