Why There’s a Need to Step up the Worry in Pakistan

Jun 19th, 2014 | By

Stepping outside the hotel on my first day in Mexico for the recent World Summit of Legislators in Mexico City, I noticed rows of rental bicycles parked in a designated area. Lots of bikers could be seen along the Paseo de la Reforma, casually picking up bicycles to borrow and then park at another public cycle stand

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Flaws in Climate Change Policy

Jun 18th, 2014 | By

Pakistan is considered one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. Global Climate Risk Index 2014 indicated that Pakistan is included in the list of top 3 countries which were affected most in 2012 due to climate change. In order to manage the issue of climate change, government of Pakistan formulated National Climate Change the Policy (NCCP) in 2012

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Varsities Join in to Promote Rational Use and Conservation of Water

Jun 10th, 2014 | By

Global research indicates that Pakistan has become a hotspot for climate change and there is an imperative need for serious measures to address this threat. This warning was issued by experts at the launch of a think tank and the ‘Universities’ Network on Water’ focused on the rational use of water on Saturday. The event,

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Once Upon a Time in Hajamro Creek

Jun 9th, 2014 | By

There was a time when people living in Hajamro Creek used to rely on farming and other marginal enterprises including poultry farming, betel leaf, bananas, and coconuts orchards and grow melons in the area. They used to earn good money by exporting bananas and red rice to other countries. It was a port city in

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Concern Voiced Over Depletion of Mangrove Forests

Jun 8th, 2014 | By

World Environment Day is the opportunity for everyone to realise not only the responsibility to care for the earth and to become agents of change but also to raise a call for solidarity with the global earth climate change and sea level. Professor Dr Tariq Masood Ali Khan, Director Institute of Environmental Studies, University of

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Changing Crops With Changing Climate: Can Pakistan Learn From Nepal?

Jun 6th, 2014 | By

Dawn: With no irrigation canal near her village, she says, she would just sit back after the sowing and wait for the rains. In a good year she earned as much as 15,000 Nepali rupees (PKR 15,834). That year, Draupadi turned her paddy into a banana plantation. “Climate induced her to change,” says Atiq Rahman, executive

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Risk of Becoming Food, Water Insecure if Environmental Damage Continues

Jun 3rd, 2014 | By

Tribune: This was stated in the Pakistan Economic Survey 2013-14 released by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Monday. According to some environmental experts, the actual cost may be as high as Rs450 billion. Besides monetary costs, there are serious consequences of climate change and environmental degradation for people.  According to the economic survey, climate change has

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Pakistan’s Coal Rush: A Bubble Waiting to Burst

Jun 1st, 2014 | By

Thomson Reuters: Mukhtar Ali is one of the many Pakistanis who are furious at politicians and authorities for failing to provide citizens with a regular supply of electricity during the smouldering summer months. Life for the 42-year-old shopkeeper in Karachi, Pakistan’s financial hub, becomes especially unbearable when his business suffers due to load-shedding (rolling power cuts),

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Climate Change: ‘Media Needs to Step Up to Teach People About Environment Issues’

May 27th, 2014 | By

Tribune: Speaking at a three-day training course on the ‘Basics of Climate Change for Coastal Areas of Pakistan’ organised by NGO LEAD Pakistan at Pearl Continental Hotel on Monday, former federal minister Javed Jabbar said the media has played a vital role in raising awareness on climate change and environment related issues but it needs to

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Flash Floods From Glacial Lakes Worry Experts

May 26th, 2014 | By

Dawn: Meteorologists have been rushed to investigate two glacial lakes that burst out in Gilgit-Baltistan region recently, causing flash floods and disrupting traffic on Karakoram Highway (KKH). Deputy Commissioner Hunza Usman Ali told Dawn that a lake formed atop the roughly 20 kilometre-long Hussaini glacier in Gojal Valley burst its banks at three or four points

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Climate Change Makes Karachi Feel Under the Weather

May 25th, 2014 | By

The Express Tribune: “We have to protect the mangroves,” he said. “Movement of water at downstream Kotri is also concerning as about a million acres of land has been eroded in Badin and Thatta. The erosion has even affected Tando Muhammad Khan and soon it will hit Hyderabad if we don’t take appropriate measures.” Speaking at

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Coastal Areas Bearing the Brunt of Changing Weather Patterns

May 23rd, 2014 | By

Rising temperatures and level of seawater were directing affecting weather patterns in coastal areas of the country and this was why extreme natural disasters such as wind storms and tropical cyclones had become more frequent and dangerous over the years. This was expressed by leading climate change researchers, policy makers and disaster response experts who

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Climate Change in Pakistan: Innovation in the Absence of Government Support

May 22nd, 2014 | By
A farmer uses a donkey to transport newly harvested wheat grains at a field in Attcak, in Punjab

The Guardian: “There is nothing left here. We don’t have electricity, we don’t have gas, we have an acute shortage of water, so what is left for us?” This is how a woman in Lahore, Pakistan, expressed her frustration to researchers for Climate Asia, the largest study in Asia on people’s perceptions of changes in climate. Pakistan stood

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Environment & Next Green Revolution

May 18th, 2014 | By

PAKISTAN will have to cater for its population growth to meet the challenges of food security in the light of the serious environmental changes that are coming through. Sind has never had hailstorms and the kinds of rains that it has had. Pakistan may well need and evergreen revolution. The future of agriculture will depend on innovative policies

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Pakistan’s First Solar Project Is One Of The World’s Largest

May 14th, 2014 | By

Last week Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated Pakistan’s first solar power park, which will start generating 100 megawatts of energy by the end of the year and a total of 1,000 megawatts by 2016. The Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park project has 400,000 solar panels, with a total cost of around $131 million. When complete the plant will

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Education Policy: ‘Consider Climate Change and Urban Development’

May 13th, 2014 | By

The Express Tribune: The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) in collaboration with the UNICEF and the School Education Department (SED) recommended home-based education as an alternative schooling, greater utilisation of available infrastructure and resources to cater to more students, and formulation of an education calendar by districts instead of provincial government. These recommendations were part

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Faced with Erratic Weather, Pakistan Farmers go Organic

May 9th, 2014 | By

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Pakistani growers are turning to organic farming as a way to adapt to climate change, boost food security for their families and increase their income. Durez Khan, 45, a farmer in the Chakwal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province, has been cultivating organic wheat for the last eight years to cope with

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Help Mother Earth Combat Climate Change

May 6th, 2014 | By

Climate change is a rapidly growing phenomenon which is mainly affecting developing countries, global cooperation and serious brainstorming necessary for its mitigation, said speakers of a seminar at International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) on Monday. The seminar titled “Climate Change and Politics” was organised by Department of Environmental Sciences. The activity was part of first

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Climate Change and Pakistan

May 3rd, 2014 | By

Tribune: The recently released report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of experts formed by the United Nations, makes for some scary reading. The report concludes that the devastating effects of climate change are already visible. According to the report, polar ice caps are melting, water supplies around the world are shrinking,

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Failure to meet deadline: Pakistan may lose $3.8 Million World Bank Fund

Apr 27th, 2014 | By

Pakistan has missed the deadline to sign a formal agreement with World Bank (WB) for 3.8 million dollars Readiness Fund of Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) due to bureaucratic hurdles. The FCPF is the World Bank-administered facility that has been set up to compensate developing countries for reductions in carbon dioxide emissions achieved by preserving

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Pakistan’s Farmers Counter Climate Change With Beekeeping

Apr 24th, 2014 | By

Battered by erratic weather patterns with decreasing and delayed rainfall, thousands of farmers in Pakistan’s northeast Potohar plateau are moving to beekeeping as an alternative source of livelihood that is less vulnerable to climate change. A single flood, no or deficient rain in one cropping season, or lack of water in the river system due to delayed

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Mitigating Climate Change

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By

Climate change is affecting Pakistan. The Global Climate Risk Index (CRI) for 2014, developed by the Germanwatch Institute (GI), ranked Pakistan number three after Haiti and the Philippines for countries most affected by climate change. Pakistan, however, contributes very little to greenhouse gas emissions, ranking 135th in the world on a per capita basis, despite

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Headless Departments Unable to Look at Adverse Environmental Impacts

Apr 18th, 2014 | By

At a time when the Metro Bus Project worth Rs44.21 billion is moving ahead on fast-track basis, all relevant departments and parliamentary committees which are supposed to keep strict vigil over adverse environmental impacts of the development projects are either no more functional or being run without their bosses. Sources pointed out that the post

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Changing Earth: ‘We Need Climate Change Projects’

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

Tribune: “Several neighbours of Pakistan are working on projects to mitigate climate change and receiving aid from international donors. Pakistan, however, has not been investing in climate change projects,” Farhan Anwar, an expert on strategic planning, said on Sunday. He was speaking on the concluding day of a two-day workshop on Understanding Sustainable Cities orgnaised

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Provinces Refuse to Share Powers With Climate Change Division

Apr 13th, 2014 | By

All the four provinces have refused to share their powers with the Climate Change Division and are insisting on formulating their own strategies to deal with the challenge of climate change in their respective areas. Two legislation bills, Climate Change and Bio-safety Act, formulated by the Climate Change Division in December last year hit a

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Pakistan Vulnerable to Climate Change, Natural Disasters

Apr 10th, 2014 | By

Dawn: This information was shared during the two-day Climate Change Adaptation Conference held here on Wednesday, says a press release. The conference was organised by the Focus Humanitarian Assistance programme in collaboration with Karakoram International University (KIU) to discuss the impact of global warming and ways to decrease risks at community and institutional levels. According to

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Pakistan Has Only 30 Days of Water Reserves – Researchers

Apr 9th, 2014 | By

 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Inadequate planning is exposing Pakistan to water-related threats from climate change and putting the country’s agriculture, industry and hydropower at risk, water experts say. Speaking at a water summit in Pakistan recently, they said the country desperately needs more reservoirs to increase its water storage capacity, and they called for conservation

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Climate Change Division to Review EIA Report

Apr 8th, 2014 | By

The News International: Climate Change Division would review Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report of multi-billion Metro Bus Service before initiation of the construction work for Islamabad section. An official of the Climate Change Division said some quarters have been constantly leveling allegations that scores of young and old trees, especially pine trees, may be uprooted to

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Climate Change Dwindles Women’s Livelihood in Sindh

Apr 7th, 2014 | By

Climate change is shrinking women’s livelihood resources and affecting their health in rural Sindh. Due to climate change implications, sowing of cotton crop and forest cover have decreased to a larger level in Sindh province, causing heavy loss to the income of women who used to generate it from picking up cotton crop and selling

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Commercialisation of 30 GM Cotton, Corn/Maize Varieties Against Rules

Mar 31st, 2014 | By

Dawn: The approved varieties of Bt (or genetically modified) cotton seeds contain such low levels of poison that not only do not kill pests that destroy crop production but also build resistance in worms, impacting biodiversity and human health. It may be noted that Pakistan does not have bio-safety laws, independent laboratories and trained staff to

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Engagement Plan: Pakistan, EU Agree to Boost Cooperation

Mar 28th, 2014 | By

Associated Press of Pakistan: Pakistan and European Union on Wednesday agreed to further broaden and deepen co-operation under the Engagement Plan. This could include a strengthened dialogue in areas such as energy, climate change, research and higher education. It was decided during the second round of Pak-EU Strategic Dialogue held at Brussels on Wednesday. The second

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Climate Change and Indus Delta

Mar 27th, 2014 | By

Climate change is becoming threat to the country. Also, increasing population and decreasing resources may pose threat to our future generations. Pakistan is likely to be one of the victims of climate change. In addition, being a predominantly agricultural country, climate change is estimated to decrease crops\’ yields in Pakistan not only as a result

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Speakers Underline Protection of Forests in Sindh

Mar 24th, 2014 | By

Forests are primary source of livelihoods for thousands of local communities and currently they were diminishing due to multiple threats. This was stated by speakers on occasion of World Forest Day observed by WWF-Pakistan under its Building Capacity on Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Areas of Pakistan (CCAP) project at Baghan town near Keti Bunder,

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Environmental Protection: ‘Policies to be Modified in Light of Climate Change’

Mar 23rd, 2014 | By

The Express Tribune: Addressing a gathering held by the K-P Environment Department at the Pakistan Forest Institute on Friday to mark the International Day of Forests, Arbab said, “The provincial government is working on several important projects to revive and sustain forests. It is our aim to bring more area of the province under forest cover.”

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Climate Change Respects no Frontiers

Mar 20th, 2014 | By

Hindustan Times: The health of glaciers as an index of climate change, water storage and regulation has been a matter of concern in discussions on the changing hydrology of the Indus. An Indus Basin study group was benefited by a visit to Quito, Ecuador, to learn from the experience of the Andean glacier monitoring study,

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Rs 47.3 Billion Being Spent on Sanitation, Water Programmes

Mar 19th, 2014 | By

Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting regarding participation of Pakistan in Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) high level meeting to be held on 11th Aprilin Washington DC. Secretary Climate Change Raja Hasan Abbas briefed the minister on enhanced commitments of the provincial governments in water and sanitation sectors. He

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Pakistan Water Summit

Mar 18th, 2014 | By

The Frontier Post: “The ruins of Harappa, a vibrant urban centre during the days of the Indus Valley Civilization, lies in a world that seems to have forgotten lessons from history. Archaeological research shows the city was devastated as result of climate change- water supply dwindled till the city became unsustainable.” This was stated by DRR

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Thar to Get Warmer, Water Scarcity to Worsen

Mar 17th, 2014 | By

Dawn: The already existing water scarcity in Thar will exacerbate in the next three decades as the desert is going to become hotter and rainfalls are unlikely to improve remarkably, says a recent study. Titled Climate Change Scenario in Pakistan: A Case Study of Thar, Sindh, the research is part of a series of documents and

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Coping With Climate Change: Pakistanis Taking Individual Actions

Mar 13th, 2014 | By

The Tribune: Pakistanis are second only to the Chinese among seven Asian countries that have taken ample action at community and individual levels to respond to climate change, according to a new comprehensive study on climate change perceptions and responses in Asia. In Pakistan’s case, according to the study, these community and individual efforts to combat

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Dozens of Pakistani Children Die in Drought-stricken Region

Mar 12th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – Dozens of children have died of malnutrition and other causes in Pakistan’s southern region this year, prompting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to travel to the drought-stricken area to allocate $10 million in emergency aid. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said 18 children under the age of five

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NA Likely to Pass Law on Copy Right of New Crop Varieties

Mar 11th, 2014 | By

The Nation: Senate Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research (NFS&R) Chairman Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah has said that National Assembly might pass a law regarding copy rights of new crop varieties. While addressing National Seminar on “Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture and Livestock; Challenges and Opportunities” he said, “There is not any Copyright

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Senate Sub-Committee to Launch the First Ever Media Manual on Environment

Mar 10th, 2014 | By

The Nation: Pakistan’s first-ever media manual for journalists covering environmental issues and climate change will be launched by Senate Sub-Committee on Environment on Monday at 11:00am at Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS), Islamabad. This was announced by the convener of the committee Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed while discussing the role of the media in promoting the

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Climate Change to Take Toll on Indus Delta Region

Mar 7th, 2014 | By

Oman Tribune: The Indus Delta is the most vulnerable area to the challenges of climate change as it may face increased requirements of irrigation water due to higher vaporisation at elevated temperatures in the face of limited availability of water. The data prepared by Research and Development Division of Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) showed that the

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Minister Stresses Formulating National Rangeland Policy

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

Daily Times: Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan Federal Minister for Ministry of National Food Security and Research on Wednesday said there is an immediate need to formulate a unified rangeland policy both at national and provincial level for effective management of rangeland resources of Pakistan. The minister said that rangeland resources of the country were depleting due

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Environmental Degradation in Pakistan

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By

Daily Times: Due to the limited resources at its disposal, government efforts alone are not sufficient enough to address challenges resulting from climate change. A much larger participation and support from other stakeholders is needed to effectively respond to climate issues Environmental concerns need to be the linchpin of all development considerations on various levels. Major environmental

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Climate Change: Experts for National Migration Policy

Feb 28th, 2014 | By

The Express Tribune: Pakistan urgently requires a national migration policy to pre-empt and mitigate any significant migration trends caused by changes in climate, according to climate experts. They were speaking on Wednesday at the launch of a study conducted by LEAD Pakistan, an environmental and development NGO, said a press release A large number of

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Senate Body on Environmental Degradation Meet on Feb 24

Feb 23rd, 2014 | By

Associated Press of Pakistan: A meeting of the Sub-Committee of the Functional Committee on Human Rights, headed by its convener Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, will be held on Monday, February 24. The agenda before the Sub-Committee would be climate change: action plan for Pakistan (Ministry of Climate Change), ‘clean and green’ Islamabad campaign, particularly the

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Pakistan’s Keyal Khwar Hydro Project Receives €100m EIB Loan

Feb 19th, 2014 | By

The Government of Pakistan has been awarded a €100m long-term loan by the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the construction of the Keyal Khwar hydropower project. To be constructed by the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), the project calls for the construction of a 128MW run-of-river hydropower plant with a small 1.5ha reservoir for

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Responsibility and Progress: Making Eco-Friendly Development Realisable

Feb 18th, 2014 | By

Tribune: An increased level of development in line with the prevalent neo-liberal practices comes at the cost of a healthy environment. Although this truism has found manifestation in various forms around the world, an environment-friendly mode of development is conceivable. To familiarise this notion, a report on ‘Work Programme for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in

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Green Growth Initiative – From Vision to Implementation

Feb 17th, 2014 | By

The Nation: The global growth model is clearly on an unsustainable pathway. An exponentially expanding population, extravagant consumption patterns, rising greenhouse gases triggering catastrophic climate changes, dwindling biodiversity reserves, rapid and unregulated urbanization – these are just some of the environmentally alarming trends delivered by the existing model for economic growth. Thus, it is no surprise

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From Attabad to Miacher

Feb 16th, 2014 | By

Pakistan Today: Ominous portents of the impending climatic changes in Pakistan find place in media for a few days but are soon forgotten, overtaken by dramatic events with immediate consequence. It is forgotten that in January 2010 massive landslides resulted in the creation of Attabad Lake amidst extraordinary human suffering. What followed subsequently was sheer disaster,

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Climate Change ‘Pakistan Suffered $15 Billion Loss Due to Floods in Three Years’

Feb 12th, 2014 | By

Pakistan has suffered an accumulative loss of $15 billion due to floods in recent three years while 22.8 percent area and 49.6 percent population of the country is at risk of climate change impact. Director General, Pak Environmental Protection Agency, Asif Shuja Khan, revealed this on Tuesday while briefing members of Senate Sub-committee of the

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A Not So Good Side of Water

Feb 9th, 2014 | By

Due to irregular rain patterns, and lack of fresh drinking water, there has been increase in diseases among children from across the country. This was pointed out by Pakistan Paediatric Association President Prof Iqbal Memon while talking to APP. Prof Iqbal Memon said, use of contaminated water causes outbreaks of water-borne diseases, especially in the

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Climate Change

Feb 7th, 2014 | By

You know when a social issue has ballooned to dangerous levels when box standard macroeconomists start talking about it. Otherwise, why would people, who generally argue about real effective exchange rate, inflation-adjusted terms of trade and what not in their dreams, suddenly start talking about something like climate? Anyhow, its good that they do talk

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Pakistan Has Only a Month’s Worth of Water Left

Feb 5th, 2014 | By

In a shocking report, it has emerged that Pakistan is left with “one month of water supply” on hand. According to a 2013 report from the Asian Development Bank, 80 percent of Pakistan’s agriculture relies on irrigation from the overstressed water system. Pakistan’s average temperature is likely to increase around 3 degrees Celsius within the

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Climate Change Mitigation: Government Sets Out 10 Initiatives

Feb 4th, 2014 | By

The Express Tribune: A report titled “Work Programme for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Pakistan: Priority Actions” was launched on Monday at the Planning Commission to implement the projects in partnership with LEAD Pakistan. The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) is funding the initiatives to help the government cope with climate change issues, thus

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Rising Threat to Crops From Climate

Feb 3rd, 2014 | By

Dawn: Farmers in Sindh are suffering the worst effects of climate change on their banana, tomato, seasonal vegetable and fruit crops in the wake of an unexpected wave of extreme cold. Growers say the cold spell has destroyed 70 per cent of banana orchards and 80 per cent of vegetable and fruit farms in six districts

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Pakistan Urges UN’s Body to Cooperate With SAARC for Boosting Development

Jan 29th, 2014 | By

Pakistan has urged the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to work closely with regional organizations, including South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), as the UN body helps shape the post-2015 development agenda that will step up efforts to achieve a world of prosperity, equity, freedom and peace. “This year is an important year, a

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Heat Stress, Not Flooding, Drives Most Climate Migrants – Study

Jan 28th, 2014 | By

Climate Wire: The images of Pakistan’s 2010 devastating flood still haunt. Women up to their necks in the waters of the swollen Indus River, carrying children to safety. Men wading through the brown currents with bags of rice on their heads and young ones on their backs. The numbers, too, were staggering. Triggered by unusually

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Climate Change: Food Security Should be Top Priority for Pakistan

Jan 27th, 2014 | By

The Dawn: Experts from various disciplines gathered at the Climate Change Conference in Karachi stressed a dire need for research on the issue in Pakistan as it ranked amongst countries highly vulnerable to the phenomena. The conference, organised by Habib University, highlighted the urgent need to incorporate climate change adaptation into the national climate policy. The

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