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Op-Ed: The climate anomaly

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An Op-Ed published in The News International titled The climate anomaly highlights that climate change is leading to changes in precipitation patterns which is a threat to Pakistan’s food security. The writer also quotes Tahir Rasheed, CEO, SPFC, on the issue, in which he terms increasing deforestation as one of the reasons for changes in temperature. According to Tahir Rasheed, ‘Trees help to control the climate by absorbing carbon dioxide [and] thus reduce global warming. But the deforestation spree in Pakistan is raging unabated, as confirmed by Food and Agriculture Organization’s ( FAO)’s Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015 report, according to which Pakistan has witnessed deforestation [of] up to 2.1 percent on average from 1990 to 2015. If Pakistan is to reduce its vulnerability to climate change and limit temperature rise, it should increase its forest cover.’

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