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Global warming

Global warming is not just a theory or something we read about in books, it’s a reality – a threat. With the recent events of hurricanes Harvey and Irma causing havoc in its wake, it is about time we must do something about climate change that has been threatening the …

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Dying forests

IT was a fitting opening for a distressing piece of writing: death on a large scale, but not of the sort that Pakistan has come to associate with the unfortunate land of Balochistan. The report, published in this newspaper on Tuesday, chronicles how the Pinus halepensis species, otherwise known as …

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Pakistan vulnerable to desertification

Increasing desertification is turning vast swatches of fertile land into parched areas and poses a risk to the global environmental sustainability. It is also creating socio-economic instability in many countries of the world. This was stated by the Climate Change Minister Senator Mushahidullah Khan at the 13th session of the …

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FAO to help fight forest degradation

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations will help the Ministry of Climate Change and provincial forest departments improve environment, increase resilience to deforestation and forest degradation and improve livelihoods in Pakistan through ‘chilgoza’ (pine) over the next five years. The help will come through a project titled …

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German envoy lauds use of clean energy in Pakistani industries

German Ambassador to Pakistan, Martin Kobler has said that besides terrorism, poverty and other issues there is also positive narrative about Pakistan which need to be highlighted in the western world, especially in Europe. At the inauguration of the first ever 1 megawatt (MW) solar power plant of Service Industries …

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Climate policy gets cabinet’s nod

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet on Wednesday approved climate resilient development policy to mitigate negative effects of climate change on water, food and energy reservoirs. Briefing media persons after the provincial cabinet meeting, KP Information Minister Shah Farman said that the cabinet emphasised media projection of the policy and creating awareness among …

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Punjab CM grants 3000 acres of forest for anti-terrorism centers

Rising threat of deforestation

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif approved decision to build anti-terrorism centers and to conglomerates for search of oil by granting 3000 acres of land to law enforcement agencies. Punjab government would also grant land adjacent to the Central Jail Rawalpindi to the Ministry of Defence. In district Khanewal, land was …

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Money matters and climate action

Containing the average global temperature to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels will be difficult if things remain as they currently stand, even with the Paris Agreement in effect. Global average temperatures will still go up to about three degrees above pre-industrial levels, even if all signatory countries adhere to their …

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Perils of deforestation

There are umpteen benefits of trees, and the trees, that we see today, are the product of the seeds that someone planted couple of years ago. Trees play an important role in moderating the climate of any country. Scarcity of trees poses great threat to climate of any country. And …

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Ministry, NGOs to join hands for climate action

The Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) is planning to enter into an agreement with a coalition of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) named Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change (CSCCC) soon.  Apparently the purpose of this memorandum of understanding (MOU) is to cooperate on sustainable climate actions, ecosystem protection, community wellbeing, natural …

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