As temperatures rise and extreme weather events occur with greater frequency and intensity, the cost of climate change is growing. But climate change has a disproportionate effect on poorer countries.
The commute from Karachi to Lasbela in Balochistan takes around three hours, but after the floods and damage to infrastructure, it is taking much longer. Relief camps dot the road as thousands return home to take stock of the damage.
Everything unjust and broken in Pakistan is going to grow dramatically worse because of climate change, and the poor and vulnerable will carry a disproportionate share of the burden.
Since the end of February, Putin appears determined to push ahead with plans in the far north. “Taking into account all kinds of external restrictions and sanctions pressure,” Putin said, “special attention must be paid to all projects and plans related to the Arctic. Not to postpone them … but instead, we must respond to attempts to curb our development with maximum increase of the work rate on both current and upcoming tasks.”
Jordan’s water minister claimed he was preventing a tsunami by draining a dam that supplied vital irrigation for local farmers. Others say it was a cover-up for a far worse problem. Either way, the corruption in the sector is strangling livelihoods and the environment.
While decades of war have left their mark on the lake, the worst damage may yet be done by something we Afghans are ill-prepared for: the global climate crisis.
For archaeological sites, climate change is a “force multiplier,” stressing endangered cultural heritage in unprecedented ways. Far more than war or terrorism, a shifting climate is itself beginning to be recognized as a threat.