Human induced climate change threatening biodiversity

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Director General WWF-Pakistan Hammad Naqi Khan has said that Pakistan is home to magnificent wildlife, some of which is threatened and endangered, including the snow leopard and common leopard, the Indus River dolphin, White-backed vulture and Long-billed vulture, and Arabian Sea humpback whale, among others.

According to a WWF Living Planet Report (LPR) 2022, the world faces dual emergencies of human-induced climate change and biodiversity loss, threatening the well-being of future and current generations. The report also urged governments, businesses and the public to take transformative action to reverse the destruction of biodiversity. Wildlife including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish are faced with a devastating 69 percent drop on average since 1970 and WWF is extremely concerned about this trend given that tropical regions that have most biodiversity in the world are facing plummeting wildlife population.

DG WWF-Pakistan said we should undertake collaborative efforts to protect wildlife habitat, address the issue of illegal wildlife trade and restore our fragile ecosystems. He said that country experienced unprecedented monsoon rains and floods this year in which more than 1,500 people died and millions were displaced.

He attributed the scale of floods and preceding heat wave to climate change, adding that Pakistan is becoming increasingly vulnerable to climate induced disasters.

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