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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 […]


Sindh govt set to offer land to private entities for ‘green spaces’

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KARACHI: The Sindh government has invited individuals and organisations to make ‘green spaces’ — an area of grass, trees, or other vegetation set apart for recreational or aesthetic purposes — across the province by utilising lands available with the public health and rural development department, officials said on Tuesday. “We have lands available at our […]


Pakistan’s deforestation rate world’s highest, observes LHC

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ISLAMABAD: With annual deforestation rate in Pakistan recorded as the world’s highest, the Lahore High Court has observed that such tendency will lead to increase in the spread of life-threatening diseases and ordered the Punjab government, Defence Housing Authority and various other development authorities to make a comprehensive policy for tree plantation and penalising those […]


K-P govt to spend Rs9b on plantation drive in tribal districts

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PESHAWAR: The government would spend around Rs9.065 billion on plantations related activities in erstwhile Fata to bring its vast lands under forestry cover in 10 billion trees afforstration project (10BTAP) to counter climate change’s challenges. “KP Forest Department will carry out 47 percent plantations activities in erstwhile Fata keeping in view of the availability of […]


‘Deadly’ heatwave threat looms over South Asia

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ISLAMABAD: South Asia could be hit with deadly heatwaves by the end of this century that humans wouldn’t survive in, research has found. This was revealed in findings, based on detailed computer simulations using the best available global circulation models, were published by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researcher Elfatih Eltahir in the journal “Science […]


Minister unveils plans to launch eco-friendly bike, rickshaws

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ISLAMABAD: The Minister for Science and Technology is planning to introduce environment-friendly motorcycles and rickshaws, which will run on rechargeable batteries, in the country. During a visit to the Pak­istan Council for Renewable Energy and Technologies on Saturday, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry rode a battery-operated motorcycle and a rickshaw. The electronic vehicles, […]


While govt spends billions on plantation, AIOU chops down 80 trees

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ISLAMABAD: At a time when the government is spending billions of rupees on tree plantation, the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has felled 80 trees, a step which alerted the environment wing of the Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) on Thursday. The trees felled by the university included 65 eucalyptus, five shesham and six popular. A […]


Serious efforts require making plantation drive successful: KU VC

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Karachi -The University of Karachi is known for its diversity. Its faculty members and experts are authority on their subjects and with their help the Karachi University has launched the tree plantation drive in the campus. These views were expressed by the KU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi on Sunday. He was addressing […]


Monsoon plantation campaign starts in Zhob

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LORALAI: As part of a countrywide plantation drive, Zhob division Commissioner Sohail Baloch has inaugurated the monsoon plantation campaign by planting a tree in the Loralai Family Park. Additional Commissioner Mohammad Ayub, Deputy Commissioner Kashif Nabi, Agriculture Deputy Director Noor Mohammad, District Forest Officer Shah, Agriculture Officer Muheebulla, B&R Anwar Loni, sub divisional officers, and […]


New fires rage in Brazil as outrage over Amazon grows

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PORTO VELHO: Hundreds of new fires are raging in the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil, official data showed on Saturday, amid growing international pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro to control the worst blazes in years. Multiple fires were seen across a vast area of the north-western state of Rondonia on Friday when journalists flew over […]


Drive against plastic bags won’t stop, vows minister

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ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Climate Change Zartaj Gul on Wednesday said the government would carry on its drive against plastic bags without succumbing to any pressure. “Nobody is above the law. The government has written a letter to all stakeholders for strict implementation of the ban on polythene bags,” she said at a news conference. The […]


Shafqaat hopes to turn around capital’s plastic habits in 45 days

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ISLAMABAD: Even though the district administration of the federal capital has yet to fully enforce a ban on plastics in the city, one administrator hopes to bring about a change in the habits of the city’s residents over the course of the next month and a half even as a junior climate change minister reiterated the […]


Clean Karachi drive an attempt to make city dirtier, says Ghani

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KARACHI: The Clean Karachi campaign led by Federal Minister Ali Zaidi in fact is not to clean the city, but it appears to be an attempt to make the metropolis dirtier as during the ongoing drive, the garbage and filth taken out from storm-water drains and other places is being thrown at open places, parks […]