Kamran A. Khawar oversees Product Development and Operations at VinoVue, a technology company that he co-founded in 2011. In his spare time, Kamran A. Khawar is an avid traveler and has learned about the many concerns around the world.
Like rays of burning sunlight concentrated through a magnifying glass, almost all the world’s environmental problems come into sharp focus in the Maldives. The 1,000km-long archipelago is the extreme test case.
The lowest lying country in the world is not even built on sand, but on the planet’s most endangered ecosystem, coral reefs, the smashed fragments of which comprise every stunning white beach. And not only is the tide of sea level lapping at the shallow islands, but sea temperatures are rising as is the acidity of the ocean: both kill the corals.
The news from the world’s climate scientists will be that the threat of global warming is worse and more imminent than in their prior analysis. But what is being done?
With the new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the threat to the Maldives will be clearer than ever. The solutions are also clear, both globally and locally, and the investments required are perfectly sound.
But if the extreme case of the Maldives is not being dealt with, and it is not, can the will and the ways really be found to tackle the global problem? The IPCC report will sound the alarm louder than ever, but will it be heard?