Tech & Science Daily: Deadly Pakistan floods link to climate crisis

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Flood-affected people try to salvage belongings (Fareed Khan/AP) (AP)
Flood-affected people try to salvage belongings (Fareed Khan/AP) (AP)

Experts say the “fingerprint” of climate change is on Pakistan’s devastating floods after analysis found a link with extreme rainfall.

Large areas of Pakistan suffered record-breaking monsoons earlier this summer that caused the Indus River to burst its banks over thousands of square miles, and led to urban flash floods and landslides.

More than 1,500 people have died and 33 million people have been affected, while homes, roads, health centres and schools have been destroyed or damaged, livestock killed, cropland ruined and there have been outbreaks of disease.

Scientists working together for the World Weather Attribution research collective say intense rain has become heavier in the South Asian region as heavy industry fuels global warming.

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Making a global change

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Tech & Science Daily spoke to Gary Bencheghib co-founder of the charity, based in south Bali in Canggu, Indonesia.

Using upcycling and simple technology the team designed barriers from nets, floating booms and cages to collect waste. They’ve even had help from the Indonesian army.

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