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Temperature rising faster than global average in Afghanistan

United Nations Humanitarian Office for Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has warned that temperature is rising faster than the global average in Afghanistan. According to UNOCHA, Afghanistan is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate crisis. Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has warned that climate change is out control. According to the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs, as the Northern Hemisphere battles record the heat waves, there are four things to know about the climate change in Afghanistan. The UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs by pointing to four things about the climate change in the country says Afghanistan is among the world’s top ten countries experiencing extreme weather and natural disasters. According to UNOCHA, severe droughts are intensifying destroying livelihoods and increasing hunger, temperatures are rising faster than the global average in the country and environmental degradation is threatening agriculture and jeopardizing livelihood. This comes amid of increasing warnings saying that Afghanistan will be affected following rising temperatures in the world. Not only Afghanistan but also the whole Asia is vulnerable to climate-related risks. The region faces increasing frequency and severity of storms, flooding, heat waves, and droughts under climate change. Afghanistan particularly vulnerable to the negative impacts of a rapidly changing climate. It is an arid, landlocked, snow-fed country with most of its water originating in glaciers of upstream mountains. In recent days, Acting Prime Minister Mawlawi Abdul Kabul has also said that the Islamic Emirate will pay particular attention to areas affected by the climate change. He said some parts of Afghanistan are faced with serious threat of floods due climate change and the government is giving special attention to areas affected by the climate change. The state minister for natural disaster management assured of the ministry’s necessary preparations to handle natural diasters, adding that his ministry is in contact with relief organizations to work jointly in the time of need. Across the world, millions of people are already suffering from the catastrophic effects of extreme weather disasters exacerbated by climate change – from prolonged drought in sub-Saharan Africa to devastating tropical storms sweeping across Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. The devastation that climate change is causing and will continue to cause means it is code red for humanity. The World should give hands and take necessary and urgent steps to reduce the impacts of the climate change. There is still time. The world’s leading scientific body for the assessment of climate change – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – warns that global greenhouse gas emissions must ‘peak before 2025 at the latest, and be reduced by 43% by 2030 if we are to limit climate change to 1.5°C and avoid complete catastrophe. Mashal Noori

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.