Climate Changes cost Pakistan $14 billion, among top four most affected countries of the World: Advisor

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Climate Changes cost Pakistan $14 billion, among top four most affected countries of the World: Advisor

ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam said on Wednesday that Pakistan is among the four countries of the world which were affected the most by climate change.

Addressing National Consultative Workshop titled “The Role of Civil Society in Climate Change”, he said that in the last 20 years, Pakistan suffered a loss of Rs14 billion due to climate change, being the second biggest country to suffer such a big loss due to the issue.

“Every year, due to deadly earthquakes, floods and drought, Pakistan suffers a loss of billions. This amount could have been spent on education, health, poverty alleviation projects,” he regretted.

He further told that only an eight-person delegation visited different world forums and saved an amount of Rs20m while acting upon the austerity measures as directed by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

At this month’s UN climate talks in Poland, Pakistan promised to move away from coal investment and ensure climate-resilient growth. This was a departure from the previous government’s preference for fossil fuel energy, and in line with the “green political will” of new Prime Minister Imran Khan, according to his climate change advisor Malik Amin Aslam.