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‘Poor urban planning endangering ecology,environment of megacities’

Expansion of cities without urban planning has resulted in devastating impacts on ecology and environment, observed vice chancellor of the University of Karachi (KU) Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser, on Wednesday. He was addressing the inaugural session of the South Asian region’s first two-day long conference on urban ecology, organised by …

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Challenges ahead

The catastrophic climate change is no longer a subject for argument, at least on a mainstream level within the science community. Yet, as temperatures continue to rise, American efforts to combat global warming, sadly seem to decline. President Elect, Donald Trump is more concerned by the economic cost of combating …

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Climate Change poses real threat: NDMA chairman

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Maj-Gen Asghar Nawaz has said that climate change posed a real threat; hence it was need of the hour to further strengthen coordination mechanism amongst all stakeholders to ensure better preparedness. He made these remarks while presiding over a National Post Monsoon 2016 Review …

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Salvage our forests

As part of the United Nations collaborative planning on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD) a new mechanism has been initiated that involves paying cash credit to developing countries that protect forests and the carbon stored within them. Pakistan can earn between $400 million up …

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Saving Thar from the wrath of greedy corporations

Not a week went by last year when a case of infant mortality was not reported in the papers. Last year alone, 476 infants died due to malnutrition and outbreak of deadly diseases in Thar. Death, drought and coal mining is all that you hear about Thar now, a region …

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Current weather system to have positive impact on crops

The recent dry spell followed by rains forecast from Tuesday (yesterday) onwards will have some positive impact on all major Rabi crops, including wheat and gram already negatively affected by prolonged dry spell in the country. “Currently wheat crop in the country is at the booting stage and requires a …

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Pakistan bore full brunt of El Niño

In 2016, Pakistan failed to prepare itself to deal with extreme weather events mainly because of shortage of funds and lack of interest on part of the government. Despite knowing the country’s vulnerability to climate change, the federal government has not yet released Rs19 billion to the Pakistan Meteorological Department …

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Climate change

Climate change has affected the country’s weather patterns. This year recorded the extreme hot weather. Heatwaves caused a large number of death in the current year. Toxic smog blanketed several parts of Punjab in October. The smog is one of the prime reasons of skin-related and respiratory diseases. However, serious …

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Environment department failed to perform its duties in 2016

Another year has ended with the failure of Punjab Government’s Environment Protection Department (EPD) as it remained reluctant to deal with environmental issues prevailing in the province. It remained mired in internal politics and nepotism, particularly in EPD’s regulatory Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) throughout the year. Following the steps of …

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