Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Pakistan has noticed their share of the $100 billion per annum climate cash they were promised has not started appearing in their bank accounts.
Pakistan needs access to global funds to cope with climate change
By Awais Umar
Published: August 14, 2017
ISLAMABAD: The world’s geographical history shows that climate change is not a new phenomenon as scientists have tracked historical changes in the drivers of climate change such as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and continental drift.
According to the Global Climate Risk Index, Pakistan is ranked number 7 in the list of most vulnerable countries, suffering economic losses of $3.823 billion in the last two decades due to climate change and climate extremes.
At the 2016 United Nations Climate Change Conference, Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid said: “We emit less than 1% of total annual global greenhouse gases, yet we are ranked amongst top 10 countries most vulnerable to climate change. Millions of people are affected and colossal damage is caused on a recurring basis.”
At the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP) under UNFCCC, the developed countries agreed to pay at least $100 billion every year to the developing countries as a climate adaptation fund till 2020.
We should look for funds to build capacity of the workforce, improve the technological resource base and strengthen institutions for renewable energy sources.
“It’s our need to consume coal to meet our development targets to fulfill needs of the growing population. We can cut out GHG emission if we are provided with sufficient resources, technology, capacity and finances to move for green energy and renewables,” said Mountain and Glacier Protection Organisation (MGPO) CEO Aisha Khan.
In my opinion, Pakistan doesn’t need US climate cash to reduce emissions. They could run their economy with nuclear power.
Pakistan currently only produces around 3% of their power from nuclear reactors. But Pakistan could easily build more.
Pakistan has an advanced domestic nuclear programme; so advanced that according to top Pakistani nuclear physicist Abdul Qadeer Khan, Pakistan taught North Korea how to build the atomic bombs which are currently menacing US targets.