Need stressed to address effects of climate change


ISLAMABAD: The inaugural session of the conference on ‘Asian Monsoon and Climate Change’ was held at a private hotel on Monday.
 Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid was the chief guest on the occasion, who also delivered the inaugural address. Speaking on the occasion, Zahid Hamid emphasised on the importance of climate change being a global issue, which he said was a matter of immense concern for the entire international community.
He said that Pakistan contributes to only 0.43 per cent of the total annual global greenhouse emissions, ranking 135th in the world, yet it faces severe effects of climate change.
According to the Global Climate Risk Assessment Index developed by Germanwatch, Pakistan was ranked 8th among the countries most vulnerable to climate change for the 20-year period (1992-2011) and third most affected country in 2011. 
He said that Pakistan today faces five major risks related to climate change: rise in sea level, glacial retreats, floods, higher average temperatures and higher frequency droughts.
In his closing remarks, the federal minister showed confidence in the participating scientists and researchers from various countries with diverse backgrounds to share their ideas, knowledge and experiences and contemporary research information with students, professionals and policy makers to effectively address the adverse effects of global climate change.
In the opening session of the conference, Prof Juergen Kropp, the head of international cooperation of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany, delivered the keynote address. 
International Centre for Climate and Environment Sciences (ICCES) Director Prof Dr Zhaohui Lin on the occasion gave his remarks regarding the importance of holding the conference.
The Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD) at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) in association with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) of Germany and International Centre for Climate and Environment Sciences (ICCES), Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) of China, is hosting the international conference.

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