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Pakistan’s shrinking forests

FOREST cover in Pakistan, particularly in Sindh, is shrinking at an alarming rate. In 1947, Sindh had at least 80 forests right from Kashmore to Karachi, spread over an area of 500 square miles on both sides of River Indus. Presently, 90 per cent of forests are either under unauthorised possession or leased to local […]

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Clean And Green: CDA launches plan to upgrade parks

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ISLAMABAD: The Jubilee Park in Sector F-7 is one of the better public parks in the federal capital. It does not have broken benches, there is a paved track in the park and trash is not strewn on the park’s boundary. Ironically, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has chosen it to launch a new programme […]

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Sindh forest dept, UK firm sign pact

KARACHI: Sindh Forest Department has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Merlins Wood Limited (UK) here on Tuesday, which will raise and arrange funds worth $8-10 million from various sponsors for the project, REDD +, aimed at developing forest areas. According to an official handout, the MoU was signed by Chief Conservator of Forests […]

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‘Growing toxicity of heavy metalsposing serious health risks’

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Experts call for greater awareness, new laws and stricter implementation of policies and standards Karachi: Heavy metals in the environment such as lead or arsenic as well as the improper disposal of hospital waste is leading to a growing number of health-related complications in Pakistan. This was stated by environmentalists and experts at a seminar […]

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Medical waste: Violators to be dealt with with an iron hand

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By Our Correspondent Many hospitals and clinics are disposing of their hazardous waste in violation of the Waste Management Rules, 2005, Environment Secretary Muhammad Anwar Rasheed said on Monday. He was presiding over a meeting at the commissioner’s office. Expressing his dissatisfaction with the disposal of hospital waster and lack of incinerators, Rasheed said that […]

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Encroachment, deforestation eat up Chhor forest land

UMERKOT: Encroachment and deforestation over the years has reduced the Chhor reserve forest, which used to cover an area of 3,000 acres, to a mere fraction of its original size. Declared as a protected site by the British government in 1927, the forest contained five of the seven arid-zone plants in the red list released […]

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Gul Bahao plans to set up environment museum

KARACHI: Gul Bahao, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) plans to set up an environmental museum in the metropolis. This was stated by the head of the Gul Bahao, Ms. Nargis Latif, while addressing the students of the FAST University at Karachi campus where its Head Dr Manzoor Anwer Khalidi introduced her to the students. Nargis disclosed […]

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After April’s contamination, Keenjhar lake and canal monitoring to finally begin next week

KB feeder canal and small streams of seasonal water drains coursing through countryside and mountainous terrain before emptying in Keenjhar Lake. The canal travels approximately a 100 kilommetres from Kotri barrage to the lake. Additionally, the water travels almost an equal distance through pipes to the Dhabeji pumping station which supplies water to Karachi. HYDERABAD: […]

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Threat to health of citizens : ‘Poisonous effluent being discharged in Keenjhar Lake’

KARACHI: Despite repeated reminders from Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB), the contaminated industrial water and residential sewerage of Hyderabad and Kotri continues coming from Kotri and Nooriabad and entering Keenjhar Lake through KB Feeder. The contamination entering KB Feeder is not only endangering human lives but the marine life and environment as well. In […]

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Roots school organises ‘Environment Expo 2013’

Students create projects that portray environmental issues Prizes given to students dressed in recycled material clothes Diplomats and government officials attend expo ISLAMABAD: The Roots School System DHA1 Flagship Campus, Islamabad in collaboration with Roots School System Harley Street Region, Civil Lines Region and Roots Ivy International Schools organised ‘Roots Environment Expo 2013’ at the […]

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Another long march, but with hopes to save the environment

KARACHI: Hoping to get the government realise the environmental impact of building new dams and barrages, members of the the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) would embark on a 13-day “long march” to Islamabad on March 2. They hope to descend on the capital on March 14, in time to mark the International Day of Action […]

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Model village in Darya Khan Flood victims decry ‘nepotism’

BHAKKAR: Flood victims have protested against the alleged nepotism during the allotment of houses and shops in the model village established in Darya Khan. They told The News that the Punjab government had spent millions of rupees on a model village established in Basti Katt located in Angra Daggar Union Council, Darya Khan. They alleged […]

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Rainwater inundates Peshawar slum areas

By: Nader Buneri PESHAWAR: Like other parts of the country heavy downpour baldy affected the routine life of the masses in Khyber Pakhtunkwha particularly Peshawar as water inundated slum areas and blocked vehicular traffic in the provincial metropolis. Due to overflowing of canals, water has entered areas like Zaryab Colony, Afghan Colony, Supply Road, Dilazak […]

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No-one held accountable for flood destruction: Supreme Court

ISLAMABAD: While hearing a contempt of court petition pertaining to the Flood Commission’s report on Monday, a three-member Supreme Court bench directed the federal government and all provincial chief secretaries to ensure the implementation of every recommendation mentioned in the report. The bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sh […]

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