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Pakistan, Population, and the Flooding

September 16, 2010 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Bob Walker for this blog posting on the Population Institute website.
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The recent flooding in Pakistan that has killed an estimated 1500 people and left more than a million people homeless has nothing to do with population. Or does it?

The flooding, of course, has been caused by torrential rains, but deforestation is often a major contributor to flooding in the developing world. Such is almost certainly the case with respect to the North West Frontier (recently renamed Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa) Province, which is one of the most densely populated and fastest growing regions in Pakistan. Deforestation is a critical problem in many parts of Pakistan, but particularly in the NWFP, where subsistence farmers are heavily dependent upon trees for fuel and lumber. A 2006 report on deforestation in Pakistan found that.

For full article, visit:
http://blog.populationinstitute.org/2010/08/02/pakistan-population-and-the-flooding/


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