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Tribunal wants SBCA to stop approving high-rise projects without Sepa nod

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KARACHI: The Sindh environmental protection tribunal has directed the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency to communicate to the Sindh Building Control Authority that no high-rise construction project be approved without obtaining the agency’s approval for the projects’ initial environmental examination and environmental impact assessment in terms of Section 17(1) of the Sindh Environmental Protection Act, 2014. […]

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LEAD Pakistan to chalk out climate change policy for KP

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Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Pakistan is chalking out a climate change adaptation and mitigation policy for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. “The policy document which is in final stage would provide a blue print for both adaptation and mitigation actions for climate resilient development of KP,” said Hasan Akhtar Rizvi, Chief Knowledge Officer LEAD Pakistan. […]

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Environmentalists oppose deforestation

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LAHORE – Environmentalists have shown concern over issuance of an ordinance empowering the Punjab government to use reserved forest lands for purposes other than afforestation. Through an amendment in Forest Act 1927 which has been made by an Ordinance, the provincial government has been authorised to declare reserved forest lands for ‘national projects of strategic […]

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Environmental safeguards urged for coal-based power plants

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QUETTA: Partially endorsing the stance of a former speaker of the Balochistan Assembly on proposed coal-based power plants in Gadani area, the ministry of climate change has asked the Balochistan High Court (BHC) that effective safeguards should be ensured for protection of environment. In a petition filed before the BHC, former speaker Aslam Bhootani had […]

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Environment protection: EPA directed to enforce pollution charge rules

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LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) directed the Punjab Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday to enforce pollution charge rules by forming an inquiry committee in collaboration with the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industries (LCCI). Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah was hearing a petition by Muhammad Naeem questioning the vires of Environmental Impact Assessment and […]

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Environmental monitoring: Facility dormant due to funds shortage

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Climate Change has sought Rs18.8 million for revival of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s central monitoring facility. EPA Central Laboratory for Environmental Analysis and Networking, which was established with the financial assistance of the government of Japan, has been non-functional since 2010 due to shortage of funds and dearth of technical staff. […]

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Pollution in Murree: Hill station polluting capital’s water

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Climate Change admitted before the Supreme Court that new housing colonies along the Murree Expressway are polluting water reservoirs, rendering the contents unfit for human consumption. Deputy Attorney General Sohail Mahmood submitted a report on behalf of the ministry and informed the bench that untreated sewage and other waste from Murree […]

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Climate Awards 2015 help raise environmental awareness

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KARACHI: “The world [environment] I have seen, my children have not seen. Over the years, I saw birds disappearing and trees being cut,” said Sindh Assembly’s lawmaker Mehtab Akbar Rashdi Speaking at the Climate Awards 2015, the Sindh Environment Protection Agency (EPA) director-general, Rashdi, highlighted how the environmental issues are not given priority by either […]

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Stopgap measures: Pakistan fighting climate change with ad-hocism

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ISLAMABAD: At a time when nations have agreed to set a new path to low carbon emissions and climate resilient futures for their countries, Pakistan’s seriousness in tackling climate change can be gauged from the fact that many environment-related departments have been without permanent heads for years. Some crucial climate tasks of the Ministry of […]

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Awareness walk on environment

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LAHORE: Virtual University of Pakistan organised a walk to observe environmental protection, aimed at creating awareness to protect the environment and to promote an environment to live a better life. Students and faculty members participated in walk, holding placards inscribed with different slogans about environmental protection issues. The participants urged for launching awareness campaigns at […]

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Scientists team up for climate change research

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ISLAMABAD: Scientists from developing countries gathered in Islamabad on Wednesday to deliberate on matters relating to climate change and called for fostering extensive international cooperation among the countries of the South for meeting common global challenges pertaining to this phenomenon. These consensus views were expressed during the third meeting of COMSATS’ International Thematic Research Group […]

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Eco-Jihad: Planting Trees For Paradise

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ISLAMABAD: In the mid-90s, when the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Pakistan was conducting projects related to environmental rehabilitation and natural resource management in Kohistan and parts of Balochistan, the organisation faced opposition from local communities. “The society in those areas was very religious and sceptical of our work, so we tried to […]

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