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Scientists and climatologists are saying that it would impact natural resources directly, making some parts of the world virtually uninhabitable. This, inevitably, would result in mass movement of human tide.

Norwegian minister of foreign affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre affirmed that back in 2011 at the Nansen Conference on Climate Change and Displacement:

Human displacement due to climate change is happening now. There is no need to debate it.”

The realisation, somehow, has not hit authorities in Pakistan, who remain in a state of denial. This, despite the reality of having witnessed a movement (albeit a slow one) of people from rural to urban centres, due in part to climate-related events which have been taking place over the last several decades.

Good read on displacement of people due to environmental impacts.


The fight to vaccinate children in the border regions between Pakistan and Afghanistan as part of an attempt to eradicate polio worldwide.

Excellent read. Full of vibrant photographs and interviews. This photo in particular: Children and mom in full burka. They are in a metal cart.

Climate scientists condemn the decision.


Three years of repeated floods have inflicted serious damage on Pakistan’s economy, halving its potential economic growth, an expert says.

“The impact of floods on Pakistan’s economy is colossal as the economy grew on average at a rate of 2.9 percent per year during the last three years,” said Ishrat Husain, an economist and director of the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi.

That is less than half the 6.5 percent that Pakistan could potentially have managed if it weren’t facing the economic and human losses associated with the flooding, Husain said.

Flooding is hardly the only impediment to economic growth in the troubled South Asian country. Worsening power shortages, “a poor law and order situation and a host of other structural impediments” also are holding back investment and growth, Husain said.

But extreme weather presents an especially worrying economic challenge, he said, because the country can work to reduce its energy crisis and improve law in order, but has limited scope to avert natural calamities, other than trying to devise effective mechanisms to minimise its losses.



Breakfast Tea being passed between cars on the train between Peshawar and Lahore in Pakistan.

Steve McCurry has a tumblr!

Hundreds of heat related deaths since May

Very encouraging to see Pakistani journalists coming together to report on the environment. Several have joined the National Council of Environmental Journalists, a global non-profit that trains journalists how to report and investigate environmental issues. If you’re interested in environmental reporting, perhaps you could like their facebook page and support this important project.


Via @amarguriro, great to learn of launch of National Council of Environmental Journalists in Pakistan - first forum of environmental journalists at national level there. His note: 

“The forum comprises on 30 journalists from 21 cities of Pakistan. NCEJ members are attached with mainstream newspaper (Including Dawn, Express Tribune, Awami Awaz, Daily Duyna, The Nation, Sindhi Koshish, Daily Ibrat and others), FM Radios, television channels of English, Urdu, Sindhi, Balochi, Pashtoo, Punjabi, Saraiki, Balti and Dari languages. 

The forum was established in June 2012 during an Environmental Journalism Training Workshop. Visit our website On November 13, 2012, we have formally launched the forum in PC Hotel Karachi.”

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"More than 30 cities across seven provinces in Pakistan signed up to the UNISDR World Disaster Reduction Campaign Making Cities Resilient on Saturday though many of them are still under water or recovering from heavy floods.

Among the cities joining the campaign are Karachi, Muzaffarabad, Dadu, Ghari Khairo, Tharparkar, Nowshera, Mnagora, Charsada, Oghi, Dera Ismail Khan, Loralai, Khudahr, and Ghizar. They have all agreed to commit to the ‘Ten Essentials’ of the campaign including assigning a budget for disaster risk reduction and protecting ecosystems and natural buffers to mitigate floods, storm surges and other hazards.

These cities have also pledged to the “One Million Safe Schools and Hospitals” initiative which encourages strengthening the safety of schools and hospitals from all types of natural hazards.

“Schools and hospitals are vital when disasters happen as they need to continue functioning when catastrophes hit. There is no small investment when it comes to these two types of infrastructure - they are crucial.” claimed Wahlström.

Some 870 cities and local government have now joined the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign and more than 138,000 institutions have already pledged support for the “One Million Safe Schools and Hospitals” initiative.”

Source: UNISDR

The devastation of monsoon flooding in Pakistan… Above are some aerial photos, from The Atlantic’s InFocus blog, of the intense flooding damage done. This is not on the same scale as the terrible flooding of last year, but over 200 have died since August and more than 5 million people affected. 

Photo Credits: Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty; Pervez Masih/AP

[via InFocus]

Pakistan monsoons cause devastating floods:

  • Massive flooding from monsoon rains
  • 900 villages wiped out
  • 250,000 homes destroyed
  • 5 million people isolated
  • 80% rice, sugar, and cotton regional inland crops destroyed
  • 100,000 cattle dead
  • Government/s not responding (Pakistani president wrote a letter of assurance)
  • United Nations appeals to world (BBC)
  • Emergency food and medical supplies needed

More HERE and HERE

Fist bump, America.

Compare to Haiti, Pakistan, and, sadly, New Orleans, Louisiana.


Evacuation center. Japan.

(via futurejournalismproject)


“An unexpected side-effect of the flooding in parts of Pakistan has been that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters.

Because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water has taken so long to recede, many trees have become cocooned in spiders webs. People in this part of Sindh have never seen this phenonemon before - but they also report that there are now less mosquitos than they would expect, given the amoungt of stagnant, standing water that is around.

It is thought that the mosquitos are getting caught in the spiders web thus reducing the risk of malaria, which would be one blessing for the people of Sindh, facing so many other hardships after the floods.”

- via tumbledore / oversets / hm3