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Afghanistan to face growing emission of greenhouse gases

Afghanistan’s National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA) has warned that the Asian country will face growing emission of greenhouse gases in the next few years if measures are bot taken.

Ashraf Ghani
Dr Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan. Photo credit: AFP PHOTO/Wakil Kohsar

Afghanistan emitted up to 140 per cent more greenhouse gases from 1990 to 2017 and the emission was feared to increase by 21 per cent by 2037, the agency said in its report released.

The report aims to help modify NEPA’s priorities in helping the country to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.

“This could be one of the most important and helpful reports for us to implement our next measures in the reduction of greenhouse gases and adaptation to the climate change,’’ the agency said.

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The agency said that climate change was a grave concern for the country.

In 2015, the agency began the work of developing low emission development strategy intended to help Afghanistan promote social and economic development while keeping greenhouse gas emissions at low levels.

According to the report, Afghanistan has witnessed over recent years rise in temperatures at higher levels compared to other countries, in addition to lack of groundwater and less snowfall and rainfall which it has blamed on climate change.

Afghanistan, a member of the Paris Agreement on climate change, was committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions from 2020 to 2030, the report noted.

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