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Pakistan to plant 10 billion trees to fight climate change

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Last month, former cricket star Imran Khan won a gruelling campaign to become the new Prime Minister of Pakistan.

And now, his new government are looking to fight the effects of climate change by planting 10 billion trees within a five year period.

Pakistan are set to turn the fight against climate change up a notch, announce plans to plant 10 billion trees in five years.

According to the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Pakistan is the world’s seventh most vulnerable country to climate change, although they only contribute 0.2 percent of global emissions.

Not only would the new trees release more oxygen into the atmosphere, but they can also protect the country’s fast-eroding landscape by reducing the risk of floods from melting glaciers in its mountainous north.

Already, the effects of climate change have cost the nation $6 billion to $14 billion in relief aid and economic recovery.

It is now imperative to tackle climate change and reverse environmental degradation as Pakistan’s situation will only worsen as the economy grows,” the government say.

You may be thinking that 10 billion trees in five years is impossible, but Pakistan currently hold the world record for most trees planted in 24 hours with 847,275.

That’s pretty bloody impressive.

Via NBC.

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August 7, 2018

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