Maplecroft 2014 climate change threat map
October 30, 2013
By 2025 almost one third of global economic output will be based in countries that face either an extreme or high risk from climate change impacts according to a new study. The sixth annual release of Maplecroft’s Climate Change and Environmental Risk Atlas reveals that countries projected to produce 31 percent economic falls into these two categories – a 50 percent increase on current levels and more than double since the company began researching the issue in 2008.
China, India and other Asian states have used a UN nuclear agency meeting to signal their determination to expand the use of atomic energy.
The US and Pakistan have signed a USD95 million financing agreement for a renewable energy project in Sindh province, according to a report in the Times of India.
Two new wind farm projects in Pakistan have gained UN accreditation under the clean development mechanism (CDM). German-based company UPM has successfully registered two 50 MW wind turbine projects, Foundation Wind Energy-I and Foundation Wind Energy-II, based about 50 kilometers southeast of Karachi.
Monsoon lookout
New research suggest that water shortages forecast in the Indus and Ganges basins might not happen because of the increasing monsoon rainfall in the region. Experts have been warning that the shrinking glaciers of the Himalayas will contribute less water to these two regional river basins posing problems for agriculture and population centers. Now a paper in Nature Geoscience suggests that while glaciers will continue to recede this century, the increased monsoon rains will offset the water losses. “We conclude that river basins that depend on monsoon rains and glacier melt will continue to sustain the increasing water demands expected in these areas,” concluded the authors.
The great Pakistan flood of 2010
July 31, 2013
In spite of Pakistan both dissolving it's climate change ministry and slashing its development budget by more than 60 percent, a Chinese company has promised to create a solar fund worth USD3 billion for the country. It's the sort of good news story the government is keen to see. But for the country to pin its hopes on such promises, flies in the growing evidence that climate change will hit Pakistan hard. Its current conventional energy policies cannot cope with demand and only lip-service has been given to renewables.
South Asia's political tensions are hampering co-operation on preparing flood warnings costing lives and property.
CK Solar Korea has reached an agreement to build a 300-MW solar park in Pakistan’s Balochistan province for a cost of around USD 900 million, according to a Pakistani official.
Another flood in Pakistan
February 01, 2013
Data presented at a seminar on climate change in Pakistan highlighted trends where this South Asian country, which stretches from high, snow-capped mountains to a deltaic coast, could be in for a sharp rise in average temperatures and extremely erratic weather. The seminar, held at the end of December, analyzed data in a new report produced by top non-government organizations, LEAD-Pakistan and the World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan, with funding from the European Union.
Pakistan's first wind farm
Pakistan has inaugurated its first wind farm. The 50-MW project by Fauji Fertilizer Company (FCC) is the first of 3.2-GW of wind farms planned around the country.