Anticipating Climate Catastrophe: The Impacts of Diminished Snowfall in Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir

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  • Syed Haider Ali MPhil Scholar, Department of Politics and International Relations, Lahore Leads University, Pakistan Author

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.61506/01.00232

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Climate change, threat, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, challenges, efforts, Hunza Basin, Glacial Lake Outburst Floods, comprehensive approaches, sustainable future

Abstract

Climate change poses a significant threat to regions like Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), where vulnerabilities are pronounced. Decreased snowfall alters water supplies and agriculture, exacerbating climate-related challenges. Integrated strategies, drawing on research, policy, and community efforts, are crucial for addressing these impacts effectively. Scientists agree on human-induced global warming, impacting precipitation patterns, temperatures, and glaciers in GB and AJ&K. Such changes affect water availability, agriculture, and increase the frequency of severe weather events, endangering local livelihoods. Of particular concern is the accelerated melting of glaciers in the Hunza Basin, heightening the risk of Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs) and posing a threat to downstream communities. Addressing climate change requires comprehensive approaches. This includes infrastructure resilience, community preparedness, sustainable agriculture, and improved early warning systems. Collaboration across sectors, investment in climate science, and empowering local communities are essential. Urgent action, at local, national, and global levels, is vital to mitigate climate change impacts and secure a sustainable future for all vulnerable regions like GB and AJ&K.

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2024-03-25

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Ali, S. H. . (2024). Anticipating Climate Catastrophe: The Impacts of Diminished Snowfall in Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Bulletin of Business and Economics (BBE), 13(1). https://doi.org/10.61506/01.00232

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