Greenhouse gases major cause of rising temperature: Experts

Environmental experts have termed rapid increase of greenhouse gases (Chlorofluorocarbons) as a major cause of rising temperature in the federal capital.


Climatic and environmental experts told APP that Pakistan is among top ten most vulnerable countries to climatic changes where weather patterns were making major environment impacts and the situation might further deteriorate in the coming years.

Former Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency Director General Asif Shuja said due to massive tree cutting and rapid urbanization temperature in the capital city has started to regularly cross 44 degrees in summer.

It is because of new construction and uprooting of trees, he said suggesting that there was a need to take satellite images of Islamabad to gauge the most heat emitting areas.

Once the major heat emitting areas are detected it will help take preventive measures to control rising temperatures of the city.

Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) Environmentalist Dr Fahad Saeed said capital’s environment was under rapid changes since last many decades.

He said loss of agricultural revenue and additional costs for managing water resources and disease and other health risks was subjected to economic activity.

Another SDPI expert Kashif Salik said Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are greenhouse gases. They were largely responsible for damaging the ozone layer which is directly responsible for climatic variations. Massive deforestation is also another main cause of rising temperature in the capital city.

The effect of climate change on regional and national economies was projected to be largely effected, he said.