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Earth to warm more quickly, new climate models show

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PARIS: Greenhouse gases thrust into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels are warming Earth’s surface more quickly than previously understood, according to new climate models set to replace those used in current UN projections, scientists said Tuesday. By 2100, average temperatures could rise 6.5 to 7.0 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels if carbon emissions continue […]


Govt urged to ban ozone-depleting gases in country

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KARACHI: Speakers at a conference held to mark the World Ozone Day at a local hotel on Monday emphasized the need for environmental awareness and collaboration among all stakeholders to stop the use of gasses causing harm to the ozone layer. They also urged the government to place a ban on ozone-depleting gases. Organised by […]


As Centre’s drive fails, Sindh govt takes up ‘Herculean task’ of lifting garbage

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After the failure of the local governments and the federal government-backed cleanliness campaign to lift garbage from the city, the Sindh government has announced that it will clear Karachi of municipal waste to a great extent in one month period. The announcement to this effect was made by Sindh Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Hussain […]


Trash talk: As politicians spew filth, Karachi buries deeper under garbage

KARACHI: The cleanliness situation in Karachi has worsened after the onslaught of the monsoon season, but instead of taking charge and doing something about it, the issue has become a bone of contention between the Sindh government and the Centre. Meanwhile, ‘na maloom afraad’ (unidentified persons) have made life a living hell for the residents […]


Sindh to set up special police force to protect environment

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KARACHI: The Sindh Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has proposed the formation of a separate police force for the implementation of environmental protection laws in the province. Sepa has sent the recommendations for the formation of the environmental police force to the chief minister. The force will be formed after approval from the cabinet. According to […]


Environment-friendly bags distributed at 30 kiosks in capital

Islamabad: Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) is going to set up 30 kiosks in different shopping malls and markets across the federal capital to distribute environment friendly bags as alternate to plastic bags. Talking to, MoCC Senior Joint Secretary Hammad Shamimi said the decision had been made after much hue and cry created against the […]


Sindh govt-KMC row hampers fumigation drive in Karachi

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KARACHI: As Karachi continues to suffer the miseries left by recent rains, the Sindh government and the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) seem unwilling to bail citizens out of this impasse on one pretext or other. With swarms of mosquitos and flies growing all over the city in the aftermath the monsoon rains, the Karachi Metropolitan […]


Medical waste being dumped around Abbasi Shaheed Hospital in Karachi

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KARACHI: The scale of government apathy towards what health experts described as a ‘volatile source of infection’ could be gauged from the heaps of unattended medical waste lying in and outside one of city’s largest public sector hospitals. A visit to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) on Wednesday showed that there were three garbage dumps, […]


Sindh asks federal agencies to help dispose of their waste in Karachi

Sindh Environment and Law Adviser Barrister Murtaza Wahab has demanded that the federal land-owning agencies in Karachi, including the cantonment boards, DHA, KPT and Pakistan Railways, should engage the Sindh government in properly disposing of the municipal waste generated in their respective territories at the two main landfill sites of the city. He raised this […]


COPHC to plant one million trees in Gwadar

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ISLAMABAD: China Overseas Port Holding Company (COPHC) will plant one million trees in Gwadar as part of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s environmental campaign that envisions the planting of 10 Billion saplings across the country. These views were expressed by the COPHC Chairman Zhang Baozhong in a meeting with Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change […]


Comprehensive plan being made for cleanliness in Karachi: adviser

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A new cleanliness plan for Karachi is being developed by the Sindh government which will eventually make the city a beautiful and livable place. This was said on Wednesday by Barrister Murtaza Wahab, the spokesperson for the Sindh government and adviser to the chief minister on law, environment and coastal development. He said the cleanliness […]


Hospital waste continues to wash ashore on Clifton beach

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Hazardous medical waste, including used syringes and test tubes containing blood and other body secretions, continued to wash ashore on the Clifton beach on Wednesday. When students from different educational institutions reached the beach during the day and tried to collect the hazardous waste, they were warned by medical experts and media persons against cleaning […]


Unsafe collection, disposal of medical waste put lives at risk

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KARACHI: Barring a few tertiary care hospitals in the city, no healthcare facility in Karachi has a proper mechanism to safely collect and dispose of its medical waste. The highly hazardous refuse is either sold by healthcare facilities, unsafely dumped within the neighbourhoods or taken to the decades-old government incinerators lacking independent monitoring, medical experts […]


A filthy Karachi may have to face an environmental emergency: Nasir

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Sindh’s local government minister has said that all the relevant stakeholders should take measures on a war footing to clear the municipal waste in Karachi, otherwise the situation indicates that the city is heading straight towards an environmental emergency. Addressing a news conference on Tuesday, LG Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah expressed his resolve that […]