ISLAMABAD - Highlighting numerous opportunities, Pakistani and German experts on climate change underlined the need for greater cooperation and concerted efforts to deal with the worsening challenge of climate change and its negative effects on human being and environment. Barbara Unmig, President, Heinrich Bll Foundation, Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI, and former ambassador and member of the Task Force on Climate Change, Ministry of Environment, Shafqat Kakakhel said it during SDPI special lecture on Climate Change: Opportunities for Cooperation Between Pakistan and Germany organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here. Barbara Unmig said that a transformation in the energy supply systems was taking place and there was a need for low-carbon economy and renewable era in Pakistan and globally. She identified exchange visits particularly in the research, solid waste management projects, cleaner sources of energy such as wind and solar energy initiatives were some of the potentials for cooperation between the two countries. She said that happening of climate change was apparent in the form of floods, droughts, severe storms, and hurricanes across the globe as well as in Pakistan while the country or this region was not primarily responsible for omissions severely affecting the climate. She lamented that many scientists still dont recognise the climate change happening as a challenge. She said that global warming was taking place at 0.8 to 2 degrees in different parts of the world. She also raised concerns over the under-estimated linkage between agriculture and climate change such as changing agriculture patterns clearly manifest this relationship. On the other hand, agriculture itself was causing climate change due to Co2 omissions, she added. She was of the view that the climate change was a greatest challenges that the world faces today due to human actions involving change of life style and use of fossils fuels for economy but cautioned that the, business as usual is no option. If current pace of development continues in north, the global average degree raise would be 3-4 degrees, it is up to north to reduce to the emissions of carbon to help the world become low-carbon society, she underlined. She said that Germany was pioneer in renewable energy initiatives involving wind projects and somewhat solar energy. Nuclear energy is no option at all due to safety, economic and proliferation perspectives, she maintained adding same money can be utilised for solar and air energy. Dr Abid Suleri was of the view that the beauty of North-South dialogues like this was to highlight a real and positive image of Pakistan to west contrary to the negative image propagated by western media. Such occasions provide us the opportunities of talking, listening and understanding to each other, he reiterated. He appreciated German publics tremendous support for the disasters affected people in Pakistan during recent calamities.