EP 45: Will Pakistan’s Floods Stop? (We’re Back!)
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From June through August, Pakistan has received 190 percent of its normal rainfall. The heavy rainfall saturated soil, preventing the ground from soaking up more water from storms in August. Pakistan’s downpours have flooded a third of the country, according to officials, affecting 33 million people, and killing at least 1,100. In southeast Pakistan, the city of Nawabshah hit 49.5 degrees Celsius (120.2°F) on May 1. The Global Climate Risk Index puts Pakistan as the eighth most vulnerable country because of disasters caused by climate change, yet the country is responsible for less than 1 percent (0.7%)  of the global carbon emissions. The health, ecosystem, economic, and infrastructure fallout is estimated to cost $10 billion. We discuss the details, climate science, the money, and what can be done to reduce future damage. Ultimately we answer the question “Will Pakistan’s flood stop?”

 

Show notes and references available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xlf7NaWg-YTHpUpYCZUGa-5kJAXZfgv3tYQT7_wFRo8/edit?usp=sharing 

Donate and help: Akhuwat Foundation, Alkhidmat Foundation. The Citizens Foundation, Balochistan Youth Action Committee

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