By: Shukria Kohistani
KABUL: The National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) has warned on the height of the greenhouse gasses emission in Afghanistan and said that the release of the gasses has increased to 140 percent from 1990 to 2017.
After the release of the second report about the rising greenhouse gasses in the country, Ruhul Amin, Director of the Climate Change for the NEPA said anticipated the gasses to increase by 21 percent in 2035 comparing to 2017.
The release of the report aimed at identifying the NEPA’s priorities in declining the greenhouse gasses and other issues adapting to the climate change, Amin said. “This could be one of the most important and helpful report for us to implement our next measures in the reduction of greenhouse gasses and adaptation to the climate change,” he added.
Although, Afghanistan has a very low portion in releasing the greenhouse gasses (0.07 percent), but the country is seriously affected by the climate change, he said. “The issue is a grave concern for us.” He said although Afghanistan was not an industrial country, but the temperature has risen to 8.1 degree celsius, since the European industrial revolution and this is very high level comparing other countries ofthe world regions. Officials of the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) said that Afghanistan was a member of the Paris Treaty, under which, the country is committed to the reduction of the greenhouse gasses from 2020 to 2030.
On the other, calling the growing greenhouse gasses a warning, Yasin Setiz, an environmental expert said the main solution of to the problem was that Afghanistan could advocate for its right from the world industrial countries, considering the international rights issues and make effort to claim its right from the industrial countries releasing most amount of carbon-dioxide to use them in the greenery of the environment and adaptation and fighting the climate changes.
According to the NEPA, the second report about the climate change has been provided by the Afghan climate change experts from the ministries and different administrations, under the National Environmental Protection Agency, within the study teams from the year 2017 and approved by the United Nations Climate Change Confederation with Afghanistan membership.
Lack of groundwater, winter without snowfall, lack of seasonal rainfall and changes in the year’s seasons are from the main climate changes impacts in Afghanistan.