12:06 - 10-11-2022
The Minister of Environment, Jassem Al-Falahi, warned, on Tuesday, that the continuation of the causes and factors of pollution in the country portends a catastrophe in the foreseeable and long-term, noting that Iraq lost 10 billion dinars due to climate changes.
Al-Falahi said in an interview, "Iraq is one of the countries most affected by climate change," noting that "the United Nations report classified Iraq as one of five countries affected (GEO-6) on the issue of climate change."
Al-Falahi added, "For eight years and since our participation (the Paris Agreement on Climate Change) in 2015, climate change has become one of the most important challenges that Iraq will face," explaining that "this was evident through the unprecedented rise in temperatures, in addition to the high rates of desertification. Land degradation due to drought and high rates of dust and sand storms.
The Minister of Environment described the size of the losses incurred by Iraq as a result of climate change as "enormous", whether in its economic or health aspect, indicating that the emergency wards were filled with dust and sand storms.
On the economic level, “due to climate change in the dust storms part, we lose about 10 billion dinars per day due to unprecedented overcrowding in emergency wards and the provision of treatments for patients with respiratory system, asthma and allergies, and there are economic losses at the level of land and air transport and the export of oil resources, in addition to the increase in the pace of Attacks by terrorist gangs during dust storms.
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