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Plastic pollution poses serious threat to marine life

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KARACHI: How polluted our sea has become was indicated on Thursday when fishermen at sea around 270km south of Karachi caught a flat needlefish stuck in the handle of a plastic cup in their catch, the World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-P) reported. According to the organisation, fisherman Momin Khan took the fish on board […]


K-P bans plastic products, again

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has once again slapped a ban on the manufacture and trade of non-biodegradable plastic products by altering rules prohibiting non-biodegradable and regulating oxo-biodegradable products in the province. The rules, “Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Prohibition of Non-biodegradable plastic products and Regulation of Oxo—biodegradable Plastic Products Rules 2017,” were notified on Wednesday. Under the rules, the […]


Punjab planted most trees during ‘Green Pakistan’ campaign

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ISLAMABAD: The government has claimed to have planted over 2 million indigenous trees throughout the country under the Prime Minister’s Green Pakistan Programme (GPP) which was launched earlier this year. “Launched on February 9 at the Prime Minister’s office by the prime minister, the Green Pakistan Programme aims to reinvigorate country’s ailing forestry sector through […]


Sindh govt hires consultants for feasibility study on 1,320MW power plant

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KARACHI: The Sindh government has finally engaged an international consortium of consultants to carry out a study to lay railway lines, install the power plant and construct a jetty to transport equipment and machinery at Keti Bunder. Chief Minister (CM) Murad Ali Shah said this while presiding over a meeting on Saturday regarding the Keti […]


WWF-Pakistan stresses need to save sea turtles

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KARACHI:  Sea turtles have survived for millions of years but they now face the threat of extinction, therefore the need for their conservation cannot be emphasised more. This was stated by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – Pakistan Technical Adviser for Marine Fisheries Muhammad Moazzam Khan on the occasion of World Sea Turtle Day on Friday. […]


Astola Island declared Pakistan’s first Marine Protected Area

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For the first time in the history of Pakistan, Astola Island, located about 39 kilometres east of Pasni, Balochistan, in the Arabian Sea, has been declared the first dedicated Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the country. Covering an area of about 400 square kilometers, Astola is considered the largest island along the coast of Pakistan, […]


Global warming and its impacts in Pakistan

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The term global warming means increase in greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect is a natural process by which the earth holds some of the energy of sunrays, and utilizes it to warm it enough to sustain life on it. The human activities like burning of fossil fuels, excessive smoke discharges from factories and the depletion […]


The climate anomaly

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It was quite strange when it didn’t rain even once last December in Pakistan. In the past, December used to be full of rainfall and the situation was quite unusual for climate experts. Some of them even believe climate change to be the reason for this. Dr. Ghulam Rasul, the director general of the Pakistan […]


World Oceans Day observed

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KARACHI – With an aim to accentuate the significance of Oceans and to promote awareness amongst Pakistan Navy Personnel to protect and preserve the Oceans, Pakistan Navy celebrated World Oceans Day with enthusiasm Thursday. Every year on 8 June, under the ambit of United Nations, “World Oceans Day” is celebrated across the world to highlight […]


Ecologists urge for master plans to turn cities green

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HYDERABAD: Alien trees standing along city roads, streets, public places and parks have created many environmental problems. It is the responsibility of all stakeholder departments of Sindh to encourage plantation of indigenous trees at public places and oppose alien plants to avoid effects of greenhouse gasses. This was the core point of discussion during the […]


With climate change, urban economies need to gear up for new challenges and opportunities

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ISLAMABAD: “Climate problems and solutions are in the cities,” said businessman and author Michael Bloomberg during a panel discussion at the “Sustainable Energy For All” forum held in New York in April. He emphasised the importance of city-based initiatives to respond to the risks of climate change. The dense agglomeration of people, buildings and firms in […]


Climate change deal

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IN withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on climate change, President Donald Trump has in fact walked away from the role of global leadership that the United States has held since the end of the Second World War. Out of the 197 countries that had signed the agreement last year, 147 have already ratified it, meaning […]


Rights activists demand action against landlord occupying Sujawal lake

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KARACHI: Civil society activists and fishermen based in Sujawal district held a press conference on Thursday at the Karachi Press Club, demanding action against a landlord who, they alleged, had illegally occupied a lake in the district and barred hundreds of fishermen from earning a livelihood from the lake. The presser was jointly organised by […]


Trafficking serious threat to turtles

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KARACHI: Illegal trafficking of turtles is a persistent threat to their survival in Pakistan and this can only be halted through effective enforcement of the law, alleviation of main determinants such as poverty, and raising awareness at all levels, stated the World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-P) on World Turtle Day. The non-governmental organisation also […]