Climate Crisis

Posted February 5, 2019 from Pakistan


What is the worst fact that is terrorizing the world other than Wars and Weapons of Mass destruction? It is none other than the rapidly changing environment that includes global warming, global emissions and reduction in green belts.

According to a latest report the glaciers of two thirds of Himalayas are melting rapidly. The Hindu Kush- Himalaya (HKH) assessment, this glacier could melt by 2100.

This is the real threat to the water source in the     Hindu Kush- Himalaya region. These glaciers are the source of water to some 250 million people that live in the mountains and other 1.65 billion people that live in the valleys.

The HKH glaciers feed the world’s most important rivers like Ganges, Indus, Yellow and Mekong.  They are not only the water but also source of food, income and energy for the people. The climate crisis has been a topic of discussion and agreement, but still world leading nations are unable to prevent it.

The Paris Agreement was also signed to overcome this crisis.  In 2015, the agreement declares to restrict the global warming below two degrees Celsius, above pre industrial levels. In December, United Nations climate forum agreed o implement the accord, but failed to introduce new commitments to reduce to greenhouse gases.

The Himalayan glaciers that were formed some 70 million years ago are very sensitive to climate change. Due to global warming, the areas covered by the snow and the snowfall have decreased drastically.

This meltdown will cause more air pollution and extreme weather conditions. The black carbon and dust produced from the Indo-Gangetic Plains that are known as one of the most polluted regions in the world, is triggering the meltdown and changing the monsoon circulation.

The third world countries are still not paying attention to the cost of climate change. The rich nations that are the biggest part of these historic emissions are also not coming to some sort of conclusion. Pakistan is also one of those threatened countries that face the changed rainfall and monsoon patterns. These mountains are the climate hotspots that need our urgent attention to keep the world safe.


Rabia Waqar 


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Urmila Chanam
Feb 06
Feb 06

Thank you, Rabia Waqar for highlighting the urgency needed to be adopted in the way we look and deal with climate change and its effects on environment. The global experts should develop simple communication and key messages for the lay person to be able to understand what is happening, what is the role of people in addressing this global crisis instead of jargons and concepts that evade ordinary people. Communication failure can lead to big failure in addressing this issue.

Feb 10
Feb 10

Thanks to you too dear. I believe only personal changes can lead us to the right path. The giants never care about such issues, they just make pacts and treaties that are never followed. I hope change at individual level can bring positive impacts.

Hello, Rabia,

Thank you sharing facts on the effect of climate change in Hindu Kush-Himalayan region.

We in the Philippines feel the effect ot climate change. We lost thousands of lives throughout the years due to intense typhoons. Our normal rainfal here could already cause floods and landslides due to soil erosion and many more. Definitely, as a third world country, we are not blind and passive of what is happening. There are initiatives that we do in our country. But it is not our fight alone. I hope all the nations agree on a solution and implement them on every country.

Thank you for sharing.

Feb 10
Feb 10

Thank you so much. I know how much destruction this change can be causing. I hope sooner or later we will take some serious note on this issue. I hope this will be done before it's too late. Good luck

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Dear Rabia,
Thank you so much for this information. I guess it is because we are not aware that it is this serious. We need to sensitize our people and our government about the effects of climate change. Thanks once again for sharing.
Have a blessed day

Mar 19
Mar 19

Thank you Rabia for writing about this very crucial concern.
Unfortunately, we do not heed the warnings and things continue to go down hill.

Jensine Larsen
Apr 13
Apr 13

Rabia, your words are wise and clear....all nations and communities must wake up and seek solutions to this crisis that is already at our door. Your voice is an important part of this. I am truly looking forward to hearing more of your journey, the joys and sorrows on World Pulse.