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Pak-EPA launches digital environmental atlas

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ISLAMABAD: In a first, the apex environmental watchdog on Monday launched a Digital Environmental Atlas for the federal capital. The atlas provides cartographic data including maps and documentation about Islamabad’s natural resources in the context of its land and environment. Moreover, it covers physiography, land use, vegetation analysis, hydrological analysis, climate change, geological hazards and […]


‘Near threatened’ Pallas’s cat spotted in Kurram tribal region

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GILGIT: About the size of a domestic cat with grey long dense fur, Pallas’s cat — which has been classified as near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since 2002 — has recently been spotted in Chitral and Kurram Agency areas as well after trapping cameras had first captured it in […]


UN, WHO to collaborate on environmental health risks

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Islamabad: UN Environment and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have signed up for a new collaboration to accelerate action to curb environmental health risks that cause an estimated 12.6 million deaths a year. Only two days ago in Nairobi, the heads of both UN agencies signed an agreement to step up joint actions to combat […]


Perils Of Climate Change

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The accelerated human activity ignited by rapid industrialization and capitalism will have calamitous effects on the global environment and human life. Those who dismiss climate change for the deterioration of environment need to look at a recent study published by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. While the report notifies every other country to take […]


Call to improve outdated water, sanitation system

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KARACHI – Only 5 per cent water is used for drinking and 5 per cent for other living things while 90 per cent is used for agriculture sector. Water share for domestic use especially in Karachi could be improved by reducing water wastages in agriculture sector. This was the crux of a seminar on the […]


The drinking water challenge

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Among other important issues, Pakistan needs a crusade against water crisis; and within water crisis, the case of contaminated drinking water is no less. The lack of access to safe drinking water is fast becoming a countrywide phenomenon. While per capita water availability is decreasing enormously in Pakistan, water quality too in most of the […]


53,000 children die of diarrhoea caused by contaminated water every year

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ISLAMABAD: Barely 15 days old, Kinza whimpers at an Islamabad hospital where she is suffering from diarrhoea and a blood infection, a tiny victim among thousands afflicted by the country’s severely polluted and decreasing water supplies. Cloaked in a colourful blanket, Kinza moves in slow motion, like a small doll. Her mother, Sartaj, does not […]


Indus River Canyon declared second Marine Protected Area of Pakistan

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The country’s second Marine Protected Area (MPA) has come into being after the Ministry of Climate Change declared the Indus River Canyon, Pakistan’s exclusive economic zone in the Arabian Sea, as one through a notification. The Indus River Canyon MPA comprising 27,607 square kilometres is the second such area in Pakistan after Astola Island, which […]


‘Water scarcity a human issue’

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Federal Minister for Water Resources Syed Javed Ali Shah has questioned the handing over of 100 percent water of three rivers under the Indus Water Treaty, adding that water scarcity is a human issue in South Punjab. “Handing over Sutlej, Bias and Ravi rivers to India was a cruel act on the part of past […]


Legal, institutional, policy frameworks: Pakistan should get ready using bottom up approach about climate change: minister

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LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Environment, Begum Zakia Shahnawaz said on Wednesday that it is the high time for Pakistan to get fully prepared on the legal, institutional and policy frameworks regarding climate change using a bottom-up approach at district and provincial levels. She was speaking at “Grow Festival” organised by the Oxfam in Pakistan and […]


The cure to climate change Listen

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As a non-traditional security threat, climate change has continued to produce daunting challenges for Pakistan. The pressing issue of global warming poses a direct threat to the country’s future economic stability and security. The devastating floods of 2010 and 2011 and the extreme heatwave of 2015 have indicated that the state should brace itself for […]


Spell of winter rain gives agriculture, livestock sectors a boost

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LAHORE: The first on going countrywide winter rain spell has given boost to the agriculture and livestock sectors as the 40 percent water deficit Rabbi crops, including staple food wheat, grams, oil seeds, vegetables, citrus fruit orchards and fodder for livestock urgently needed second watering after sowing specially in the rain fed areas at a […]


Climate migration

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A drastic change of the climate was one of the causes for a wave of German emigration to the United States in the 19th century. The grandfather of Donald Trump, originally from Germany, was one of the emigrants to also make the crossing of the Atlantic in this period. Climate scientists have long warned that […]


Islamabad ‘concerned over climate-altering emissions’

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan has said Pakistan “will continue to support global efforts and contribute towards protecting human health and environment by completely phasing out the use of ozone-layer-depleting substances (ODSs) and replacing them with more effective and environmentally-safer alternatives in line with the Montreal Protocol”. “Pakistan is at the forefront […]