Climate change paralyses UAE

RAIN and thunderstorms caused major disruptions that almost paralysed the entire life across UAE on Wednesday as flights were cancelled, motorists were struck for hours and schools were closed. Wind gusts of up to 130 KPH shattered glass windows while flooded roads stalled life and even caused the Abu Dhabi stock market to shut down trading.
These strong but rare rains in the resource rich Gulf state is clearly the result or manifestation of much talked about climate change which poses a fundamental threat to the places, species and people’s livelihoods everywhere in the world. Contrasting swings in weather are being witnessed in different parts of the globe including the UAE and its neighbours on the Arabia Peninsula due to increasing global warming. In the days to come, several studies reveal that different regions can expect unusual weather trends including more erratic dust storms, rain events and hot and cold spells due to the havoc caused to the environment by none other than the humans themselves. Coming back to Pakistan, National Disaster Management Authority has also warned strong rains and flash floods in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Azad Kashmir. The department has predicted that decaying phase of prevailing El-Nino – a complex weather pattern resulting from variations in ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific – was indicating some strong signals regarding extra-ordinary rains in South Asia during the current month. While the extreme weather conditions are playing havoc in different regions, it is time to act and act collectively at a fast pace against this global phenomenon which is also being described as more dangerous than the menace of terrorism. In our view, the issue is manageable provided the entire world community joins hand and takes practical steps to address and implement priorities aimed at mitigating climate change and adapting to its impacts. We will suggest that a world summit should be organized on the matter where scientists and other relevant people sit together to find ways and means as to how vulnerabilities could be reduced and resilience of communities and ecosystems affected by climate change could be enhanced. We can no longer sit back on the problem as it is the matter of very survival of our planet.

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