March 23 News: Climate Change Could Cost Pakistan $14 Billion A Year, 5% Of GDP

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Daily Times: Climate change to cost Pakistan up to $14 billion annually

Climate change could cost the economy of Pakistan up to $14 billion each year for natural disasters and other losses, which is almost 5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, this was stated by Former Federal State Minister for Environment Malik Amin Aslam.

He was addressing a seminar titled ‘Outcomes of Post Durban Climate Change Negotiations’ organised by Centre of Excellence, Environmental Economics and Climate Change, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) here on Thursday to discuss the implications of these negotiations on Pakistan as climate change is directly impacting the economy of Pakistan….

Talking about its implication on Pakistan he said that Pakistan is a very low emitter but one of the worst victims of climate change, as according to Germanwatch places Pakistan as ‘most affected’ for 2010 and in top 10 for 1990-2010.

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Climate Change: The End of Sierra Skiing?

If worldwide carbon emissions continue at the present rate, rising temperatures could cause the Sierra Nevada to lose 80 percent of its winter snowpack in just 40 years, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist said Thursday.

The decrease in snowfall was among several grim impacts that climate change could have on the Bay Area if current carbon emissions go unabated, USGS climate change coordinator Tom Suchanek said in a lecture called “Projected Climate Change Impacts in California.” Suchanek spoke at the Menlo Park Science Center, the agency flagship research center for the western U.S.

U.S. Army to Invest $7 Billion in Renewable-Energy Projects

The U.S. Army plans to invest more than $7 billion in renewable-energy sources, wind, solar, biomass and geothermal, and has released a draft request for proposal, or RFP, that could allow multiple projects to begin nationwide.

Speaking at a media roundtable March 15, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy & Environment, said the cumulative investment will help the Army reach its goal of having 25 percent of the Army’s energy come from renewable sources by 2025. She began the roundtable by restating the Army’s “net-zero strategy.”

Germany, Denmark’s Renewable Energy Transition Empowering Offshore Wind

Activity in Europe’s offshore wind sector continues to increase, as European government and industry continue to follow through on plans to make the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Offshore wind installations are a big part of Germany’s groundbreaking plans to phase out nuclear power, while world wind energy leader Denmark intends to increase its already high percentage of wind power by tapping more offshore wind energy.Wind turbine costs have been declining and the energy conversion efficiency of wind turbines has been increasing while fossil fuel costs are rising. Nonetheless, high up-front capital costs, the challenges of deploying and maintaining wind turbines in harsh offshore environments and the cost, time and difficulties of constructing and maintaining offshore-to-grid connections has lead to criticism and questioning of Germany and other European countries’ historic and ambitious offshore wind energy targets.

Ontario renewable energy prices slashed

A new, lower price schedule for renewable energy in Ontario may stall some proposed wind power projects, says an industry group.

But most cheered the new rules and prices for green power unveiled Thursday, which will give priority to projects that can show they have backing from community groups, aboriginal communities or municipal councils.

Energy minister Chris Bentley stopped short of giving local councils the power to veto renewable power developments, arguing that would lead to a patchwork system across the province.

5 Responses to March 23 News: Climate Change Could Cost Pakistan $14 Billion A Year, 5% Of GDP

  1. Rabid Doomsayer says:

    Pakistan is not stable politically, the damage done by global warming could tip the balance.

  2. Joan Savage says:

    Increase in intense rainfall events

    “The Upper Midwest saw a 31 percent increase in “intense” rainfalls — the statistical 1 percent events — from 1958 to 2007, over previous decades, according to the National Climactic Data Center. That was the second-highest increase among eight U.S. regions, including Alaska and Hawaii. New England and the Northeast saw a 67 percent increase.”

  3. Joan Savage says:

    From my activist daughter posting on FB:

    Climate Impacts Day – May 5, 2012
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    “It’s time to Connect the Dots between climate change and extreme weather.”

  4. Tom King says:

    Thanks for the link. What spooks me is how far backward we’ve moved. The site states that “because the globe is so big, it’s hard for most people to see that it’s all connected”. I thought we all reached that conclusion in 1968 when the space mission sent back the photo of Earth from space.

    I understand and sympathize that the environmental movement now has to talk to people at a grade 8 level. But the tragedy still hits hard. People have lost connection with the conceptual leaps made decades ago. We have been dumbed down and are now stuck in remedial class.

  5. Mike Roddy says:

    They hate us over there anyway. When they realize that the US is more responsible than anyone for their disintegrating climate, it could get a lot worse.

    The Republican Party has cracked up. Some of them are probably excited about the excuse to start another war, but the remaining sane ones really need to take a look at this.