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    The main reason Pakistan "drowns" is rampant deforestation. Yes, climate change will bring about more intense storms, but let us not forget the real cause of the flooding. Humans have destroyed the ecosystems which have, for millennia, absorbed the rain waters. Same thing with Haiti and many of their problems.

    So while we must confront climate change and create awareness around 350 ppm, we absolutely must remember that the the problem is over exploitation of natural resources. Chief among those are forest systems. We need to remember this because just saying the changing the climate=more intense flooding ignores the root of the problem.

    Cutting down trees which, historically, have been able to absorb the storm waters causes immense flooding. Climate change will exacerbate the problem but is not the root cause.

    Just my 2 cents.

    "There's no need for any points of view, he simply existed, that's all." -Professor Woland

    by FinchJ on Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 06:41:41 PM PST

    •  But remember (1+ / 0-)
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      deforestation also removes a way to remove carbon from the atmosphere, so it also contributes to the global warming that causes more rainfall.

      I agree that the deforestation is a factor in many  floods, but do you have info on that area of Pakistan? Is it a formerly forested area? I don't know enough about that particular area.

      •  Point taken. (0+ / 0-)

        Here is a linkto a news article on the subject.

        Trees felled by so-called illegal loggers - an infamous "timber mafia" that has representatives in the Pakistan Parliament in Islamabad and connections right to the top of government and the military - are stacked in the innumerable nullahs [steep narrow valleys], gorges and ravines leading into the main rivers. From there they are fed into the legal trade, earning the mafia billions of dollars yearly. "Other than landslides, soil erosion and the occasional homes and crops being swept away, it [the forest denudation] was not considered a disaster and hence didn't make the headlines," wrote Ayesha Tammy Haq, a columnist with the Pakistan daily Express Tribune newspaper.

        "There's no need for any points of view, he simply existed, that's all." -Professor Woland

        by FinchJ on Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 08:31:18 PM PST

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