Senator Mushahid Hussain Proposes Environment Action Plan for Islamabad

Jan 25th, 2014 | By

Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Chairman of the Senate sub-Committee on Environmental Degradation of Islamabad convened the first ever Public Hearing in the history of parliament on environment at Parliament House today. The Public Hearing was very well attended by the representatives of the government including the Cabinet Division, Climate Change Division, CDA and the Environmental

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Pakistan Turns to Solar Energy As Power Shortfall Widens

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – After months of sleepless nights and uncomfortable days in sweltering heat, Hussain Raza has found relief. But it’s not just the cooler winter weather that is making Raza happier. It is, somewhat ironically, the sun. The 35-year-old banker and his family have bought a solar-powered electricity supply that kicks in during

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Need Stressed to Address Effects of Climate Change

Jan 21st, 2014 | By

The inaugural session of the conference on ‘Asian Monsoon and Climate Change’ was held at a private hotel on Monday. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid was the chief guest on the occasion, who also delivered the inaugural address. Speaking on the occasion, Zahid Hamid emphasised on the importance of climate change being

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Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture Crops

Jan 19th, 2014 | By

According to media reports, the State Bank of Pakistan in its Annual Report for 2013 on the state of economy has stated that the climate change is a major threat to agriculture production and risk to food security in Pakistan. The expected increase in the level of temperature may lower production of wheat by 1.5-2.5

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Sea Erosion Threat Puts Coastal Communities at Risk

Jan 16th, 2014 | By

Daily Times: A consultative workshop to discuss findings and debate a national assessment report on ‘Coastal Erosion in Pakistan’ on Wednesday highlighted various concerns including manmade development and climate change effects, leading to sea erosion  on alarming proportions. To cope with the situation, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Mangroves for the Future (MFF) has

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PMD Links Severe Winter to Climate Change, Predicts Less Rainfall in Winter

Jan 13th, 2014 | By

Pak Tribune: With the start of winter this year, parts of country were engulfed by a severe cold wave breaking decades old records in many places, showing impacts of climate change. A detailed study on the change of weather patterns issued by Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Friday states that apart from cold and heavy snowfall

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Pakistan Moves to Introduce Flood-Tolerant Rice Varieties

Jan 12th, 2014 | By

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For the first time in years, Pakistani farmer Zulfiqar Ali cannot afford to sow winter wheat. Damage to his standing rice crop from heavy monsoon rains has left him penniless. “My rice crop on 18 hectares was flattened by lashing rains in July,” said Ali, standing next to his paddy field

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More Than Half of Pakistanis are Food Insecure

Jan 6th, 2014 | By

The Express Tribune: Food insecurity affects 60 per cent of Pakistan’s population, University of Agriculture Vice Chancellor Iqrar Ahmad Khan said on Saturday. Khan urged agricultural scientists to help increase food production to feed the rapidly growing population. The world’s population would reach nine billion by the year 2050, a threat to food insecurity, he added.

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Impacts of climate change on Pakistan

Jan 4th, 2014 | By

Pakistan is facing numerous socio-economic challenges including poverty, terrorism, water scarcity among many others, however, the most complex challenge likely to impact our current and future generations is climate change. The signs are already visible on our society, most prominent of which is the extreme flooding during recent years. According to the Oxfam International, in

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Threat of Water Wars is Real, Says Climate Change Scientist

Dec 29th, 2013 | By

The News: In an interview with The News on Friday, Dr Qamar uz Zaman Chaudhry, senior adviser on Climate Change Programme and deputy regional director, Asia, LEAD Pakistan, identified threats to the country due to climate change and global warming. He agreed that “water wars” were real, and said food security was directly linked to climate

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Pakistan Says New Nuke Power Plants Covered by Safeguards

Dec 27th, 2013 | By

Economic Times: Dispelling concerns about the safety of its upcoming largest civil nuclear project being implemented with Chinese help, Pakistan said it is safe and fully covered under IAEA safeguards. “Pakistan-China nuclear cooperation is exclusively for peaceful purposes and is fully covered under International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards,” Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam told a weekly news briefing. Three leading Pakistani physicists have raised questions

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Grow Money With Living Trees

Dec 24th, 2013 | By

Huffington Post: Growing money over trees is now possible. Pakistan just made it to the list of countries who will earn money from the World Bank’s Readiness Fund for preserving their forests. After a tough competition at Geneva, Switzerland, Pakistan successfully defended its case of Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP) and secured $3.8 million from the

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Pakistan, India Need to Cooperate in Energy: Ahsan

Dec 22nd, 2013 | By

The Nation: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Prof Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday said that Pakistan and India need to cooperate in different sectors particular energy. He said this while chairing the third day of the 29th Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists (PSDE). Commenting on the energy and

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Pakistan And Weather Disasters

Dec 19th, 2013 | By

The Express Tribune: Pakistan faces a range of threatening climate change impacts: sea water intrusion into the Indus Delta, valley glaciers melting in high mountain areas, the water scarcity/food security challenge and flooding caused by changing monsoon patterns. Things are getting so bad that for the past couple of years, Pakistan has been topping the list of the

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Flood-Resilient Streams Protect Mountain Farms, Villagers in North Pakistan

Dec 17th, 2013 | By

Thomson Reuters Foundation – Flood-prone streams that until recently threatened the lives, incomes and properties of mountain communities in Pakistan’s Hunza-Nagar valley are now much less dangerous, and are even helping boost harvests, after work enabling them to better withstand weather extremes. The natural water channels have been reinforced and widened to allow more glacial

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Forests Preservation: Pakistan Upbeat About World Bank funding

Dec 16th, 2013 | By

Business Recorder: As Pakistan pleads its case at Geneva for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD) funds, forest owners, government officials and experts on environment appeared hopeful to preserve forests. The REDD is about getting dollars for the carbon saved in forests by not cutting trees. The tons of carbon

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Climate Change: Experts Review Adaptation Plans For Keti Bunder, Kharo Chan

Dec 13th, 2013 | By

Tribune: To help coastal communities adapt to the impact of climate change, the World Wildlife Fund-Pakistan (WWF-P) has prepared two union-council-level adaptation plans. To review these plans for the coastal communities of Keti Bunder and Kharo Chan of district Thatta, a three-day regional workshop is being held at the Avari Hotel from December 10 to December

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Experts Urge Climate Change Alleviation

Dec 12th, 2013 | By

Daily Times: Pakistan’s coastal communities are vulnerable to climate change and its impacts; these include changes in temperature and precipitation regimes, sea level rise, erratic and frequent extreme weather events, coastal habitat loss, shift in crop patterns, depletion of marine life and water scarcity, among others. WWF-Pakistan under its Climate Change Adaptation Project (CCAP) in collaboration

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FAO Cuts Rice Forecast

Dec 8th, 2013 | By

The Dawn: Erratic climate change events have hit the rice production in Pakistan this year, and to take account of damages, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in its end-of-the-season report has downgraded its production forecast for the country by 600,000 tonnes to 8.7 million tonnes (5.8m tonnes, milled basis). However, the revised figure nevertheless

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Islamabad Climate Vulnerability Study in Final Phase

Dec 6th, 2013 | By

Daily Times Pakistan: The Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptive Assessment (CCV&AA) for Islamabad and the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) for making Islamabad a model climate resilient city would be ready by the end of this month. The Climate Change and Vulnerability Adaptation Assessment (CC& VAA) initiative has been planned in line with the National Climate Change

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Disaster-Prone Villages In South Pakistan Trained in Early Warning

Dec 4th, 2013 | By

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Thanks to training in how to keep safe from storms, fisherman Muhammad Siddique and his colleagues in southern Pakistan’s Thatta district now know when they should stay on dry land. “The early warning teams update us daily on the sea’s condition, and we avoid going fishing if it is rough and dangerous,” said

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Climate Change: Severe Food, Water Shortage On The Horizon

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By

The Express Tribune: Pakistan needs to gear up to avoid the negative impact of climate change on crop production, water availability and food security. This was stated by Dr Mohsin Iqbal, head of the agriculture and coordination section at the Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC), who added that recent projections have confirmed that wheat

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Pakistan Province Awaits New Environment Laws

Dec 2nd, 2013 | By

Sci Dev Net: Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province which borders Afghanistan is seeing a rise in environmental pollution but lacks the infrastructure and proper legal mechanisms to deal with it. The country’s environment protection agency (EPA), set up in 1997 to oversee environment-related projects, has only 73 employees in the province and they are mostly deployed in Peshawar

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Climate Changes Increasing Workload on Women

Nov 30th, 2013 | By

Tribune: The impact of climate change is mostly discussed in terms of global warming, agriculture and health but on Thursday, a seminar organised by Shirkat Gah looked into how the women in Pakistan have been affected by the climatic change in Sindh’s coastal belt. “The lack of fresh water has severely affected the people, especially women,”

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Assessment of Climate Vulnerability : Report for Capital by December

Nov 24th, 2013 | By

Daily Times: The Climate Change and Vulnerability Adaptation Assessment for Capital residents will be finalised by the end of December to make Islamabad a model resilient city against emerging climatic challenges. Officials at Climate Change Division informed APP that the initiative has been launched as part of the government efforts to equip Pakistani cities with facilities

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Climate Change: Chitral Needs Special Attentions

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By

Ground Report: Chitral , the northern mountain district of Pakistan, experienced the worst flooding during the previous few years. Seeing the environmental disasters environmental specialists have been warning that the frequency of floods, droughts, storms, avalanche will go up due to climate change. The large number of flash floods across the district last summer appears to be proving their point. So how should

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Pakistan Severely Hit by Climate Change

Nov 19th, 2013 | By

Dawn: The Global Climate Risk Index 2014 has ranked Pakistan among the three most affected countries worldwide for three consecutive years by climate-related catastrophes. The Germanwatch climate risk index shows that the most severe weather-related catastrophes occurred in Haiti, the Philippines and Pakistan. The ninth annual index was released at the onset of the Climate

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Billions Needed to Reverse Damage From CO2 Emissions

Nov 18th, 2013 | By

Annual rate of deforestation in Pakistan ranges from 4-6 percent, while carbon dioxide emissions are increasing annually at the rate of 8-10 percent which is an alarming trend. The annual cost of restoring environment degraded as a result of this is up to US$ 5.2 billion. Ministry of Science and Technology will support the programmes and projects

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Climate Change Setting New Farming Patterns

Nov 16th, 2013 | By

As a corollary, the country’s status as an agro-based economy has become extremely vulnerable to unpredictable changes in weather and their consequences. These changes include hotter summers, early cold spell, irregular monsoons, unexpected or untimely rainfall and growing frequency and intensity of floods. Since 2010, monsoon rains and floods have been more ferocious than before,

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Flood Prone Pakistan Struggles for Influence at UN Climate Talks

Nov 14th, 2013 | By

Plagued by weak preparations, poor negotiating skills and inadequate political support for its delegation at the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, Pakistan will struggle to press its case for much-needed support to deal with the impacts of climate change, experts say. Although Pakistan has suffered climate-related losses and damage worth over $15 billion in the

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Erratic Weather Threatens Livelihoods In Pakistan

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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SciDevNet: In recent years, climatic stresses, particularly droughts and floods, have devastated yields and caused crops to fail for many farmers across Pakistan. Erratic rainfall — particularly in rain-fed areas like Taxila, 20 miles northwest of the capital, Islamabad — has further exacerbated farmers’ problems and led to a slump in yields. With four dry winters in

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Agreement Inked For Stimulating Biodiversity Friendly Products

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
A man clears a water channel at a cauliflower field on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan, on October 14, 2011. REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed

Pak Observer: IUCN Pakistan and the Climate Change Division, Government of Pakistan signed an Agreement in Islamabad during the GEF Global Environmental Facility Steering Committee meeting. Representatives from all provinces and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) were also present at the ceremony. Under this agreement, activities will focus on stimulating market demand for biodiversity friendly

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Pakistan Close To Being ‘Water Scarce’ Country, Says Asian Bank

Jul 5th, 2013 | By
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The News: Pakistan is on the verge of being classified as a “water scarce” country, the Asian Development Bank has warned in a report. Pakistan, which has failed to construct any major water reservoir for the last over 40 years besides facing Indian aggression on the water front, is said to have the storage capacity

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Pakistan’s Dangerous Negligence Of Climate Change

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
From Balochistan to Sindh, Fishermen complained about the depleting fish resources in coastal areas. Photo by Reuters

Dawn: Pakistan is no stranger to being plagued by multiple crises. News headlines are usually dominated by issues like terrorism, extremism and power shortage but an even more alarming danger could affect the future of Pakistan if it is not tackled on a priority basis. The dangerous threat we all know as climate change has

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Pakistan: Pull A Solution To Pollution

Jun 6th, 2013 | By
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The Nations: The nation is observing another World Environment Day on Wednesday (today), but the authorities in the polluted country are taking least interest in tackling the situation. Like the previous year, events such as seminars and walks are on the cards at public and private level as a standard ritual that somehow skirts the

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Impact Of Climate Change On Sindh’s Date Production

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
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Dailytimes: Sindh’s environment has been ideal for date cultivation with perfect soil and warm climate. But things are changing now. At time when dates are ready to be plucked, dried, processed and sold, Upper Sindh has witnessed radical and catastrophic climate change recently, within a month. As the fruit starts dropping compelling the growers to

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A Case Of Mediocre Mangoes

May 30th, 2013 | By

Dawn: Climate changes have continuously taken their toll on Pakistan over the last few years – whether it’s an increase in flooding or a change in weather patterns. As a result, mango lovers are still waiting for the arrival of this year’s full-fledged mango crop in the market, which has been delayed because of changes

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Call To Protect Natural Resources To Sustain Life On Earth

May 23rd, 2013 | By

Online International NN: Federal Secretary of the Ministry of Climate Change, Syed Muhammad Ali Gardezi has said that providing and sustaining water for the needs of the surging population people has become a daunting challenge of the present time and achieving sustainable development in both the developed and developing countries and Pakistan is not exception

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Visible Effects Of Ongoing Change

May 13th, 2013 | By
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The Nations: This is the fourth year in a row that the once famous apple crop of the Murree area has been decimated by what can only be called ‘Hairdryer winds’ – just when the blossom fades and fruit is trying to set during the last half of April: these persistent, hot, dry winds –

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Priority CCD Actions For Pakistan

May 2nd, 2013 | By
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CDKN: Pakistan is one of the lowest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the world: it accounts for just 0.8% of total global emissions, and ranks 135th in terms of per capita emissions.  Unfortunately, Pakistan is also one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world.  Over the past 20 years, 141 extreme events

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Conserve Glaciers For Water Supply, Say Experts

May 1st, 2013 | By
Glaciers in the mountains towering above Bagrote valley in northern Pakistan can cause dangerous flash floods when they melt. ALERTNET/Rina Saeed Khan

Daily Times: Speakers at the launch of the policy brief on water management in the Central Karakorum National Park (CKNP) emphasised the need for collaborative and synchronised efforts to research the impact of climatic changes in the highlands. They said only the integrated and collaborative approach would help conserve the large glaciers for smooth and

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Strategic Changes: ‘Pakistan Has Complex Issues Due To Climate Change’

Apr 26th, 2013 | By

Tribune: “We have suggested building several upstream water reservoirs in Pakistan to prevent floods. We are also examining reforestation as it slows down the process of floods and subsequent droughts,” Marius Keller, an adaptation consultant with the International Institute of Sustainable Development, said speaking to Lahore University of Management Sciences students on Monday. Keller presented

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Pakistan Farmers Grapple With Climate Change

Apr 25th, 2013 | By
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Aljazeera: Government attempts a new insurance scheme to protect farmers from floods and other worsening weather problems. After five consecutive dry winters, Abdul Qadeer was jubilant at the prospect of a plentiful harvest of wheat after December rains soaked his farmland. But the 39-year-old farmer’s hopes were destroyed last month by torrential spring rains and

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Pakistan Revamps Climate Change Research Centre

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
Staff members of the Pakistan Meteorological Department plant a weather monitoring station at Passu Glacier, south of Passu village on the Karakoram Highway in Gilgit-Baltistan province. Photo: PMD

Alertnet: Pakistan’s government has boosted the funding of a state institution that researches the impacts of climate change, and granted it autonomy, in an effort to increase the quality of its recommendations on climate resilience for government policy and programmes. The Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC) will focus on research aimed at helping sectors

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Biodegradable Bags Guarantee A Greener Future For Islamabad

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
Shopkeepers, manufacturers could face charges for defying new regulation.

Tribune: Since February, the Pakistan-Environment Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) has been negotiating with the business community and plastic bag manufacturers to shift to an eco-friendly alternative for plastic bags. The agency’s efforts began when the Ministry of Law and Justice notified the Prohibition of Non degradable Plastic Bags (Manufacture, Sale, Use) Regulation 2013 earlier this year.

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Climate Change: One More Problem For Pakistan

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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Climate Central: The Indus river, originating on the Tibetan Plateau and flowing for nearly 2,000 miles through the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir and finally down to the province of Sindh and out into the Arabian Sea, is key to life in Pakistan. The majority of Pakistan’s 190 million people are involved in agriculture:

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Pakistan Revamps Climate Study Centre

Mar 25th, 2013 | By
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Scidev.Net: With extra funding and empowering legislation Pakistan’s autonomous Global Climate Change Impact Centre (GCCIC) is set to take on a regional and international role in climate research. Legislation passed this month (6 March) is expected to transform the GCCIC into a centre capable of providing data for decision making and formulating policy in areas

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Pakistan-Italy Join Hands To Identify Adaptive Measures

Mar 19th, 2013 | By
Pakistani flood affected villagers carry relief supplies through floodwaters in Ghozo village, Sindh province on September 24, 2010. Torrential rain began falling in northern Pakistan in July and the floods have since moved slowly south, wiping out villages and farmland, and affecting an area roughly the size of England. The UN estimates that there are currently 1.2 million people in 6,300 camps and settlements across Pakistan with more than 80 percent of them in Sindh. Some 21 million people have been affected by floods that have ravaged Pakistan, according to UN figures, including 12 million who need emergency food aid. AFP PHOTO/RIZWAN TABASSUM (Photo credit - RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)

Tribune: Pakistan’s only dedicated climate change research centre is going to partner with Italian experts to identify climate change adaptation measures. The Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC), which recently became an autonomous body by act of parliament, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ev-K2-CNR, an Italian research organisation that has worked in Pakistan’s

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Understanding Resilience

Mar 12th, 2013 | By
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IRIN: No one working in the aid community in recent years could have avoided the buzzword “resilience” – but what does the term mean practically, and how has it helped shape action on the ground? In fact, there is no standard definition of the term, points out a draft paper by the UN Development Programme

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Environmental Issues: For Compilation Of Reliable Data, New System On The Cards

Mar 5th, 2013 | By
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The Tribune: The state of compilation of environmental data in Pakistan remained extremely poor, but with the introduction of the $2.1 million National Environment Information Management System (NEIMS), things might improve. The NEIM, a collaborative project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the climate change ministry, with the support from the Netherlands government,

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Pakistan’s Climate Change Policy

Mar 1st, 2013 | By

Tribune: A report commissioned by the government in conjunction with the World Wildlife Fund found last year that Pakistan was among the 10 countries likely to be most badly hit by global climate change. Pakistan is in a region where temperature increases are higher, which will affect precipitation and vegetation. Already we have seen the

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Climate Change Poses Threats To Agrarian Countries

Feb 25th, 2013 | By

Thenews: Global climate change is posing serious threats to agrarian countries despite the facts that majority of them are not the major contributor in global warming. However, they are facing decline in agricultural productivity and water resources.  Speakers, during presentations in a seminar to the Agricultural Journalists Association (AJA), said the climate change cannot be

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Climate change: ‘More Efforts Needed For Provision Of Clean Drinking Water’

Feb 18th, 2013 | By

Tribune: Speakers at a seminar held on Thursday called for tangible steps to fight climate change and provide potable water to as many as 1.2 billion people who, they said, lacked access to clean drinking water. The event was organised at the Government College University Faisalabad (GCUF) by its Department of Applied Chemistry and the

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Impact of Climate Change On Biodiversity Of Gilgit Baltistan

Feb 13th, 2013 | By

Heavengb: Climate is not a stationary phenomenon, it varies from time to time. It is a product of weather which always experiences variations over space and time (Rasul, 2012). Climate change is resulting from a growing concentration of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) and uses of fossil fuels and other anthropogenic activities has become a major worldwide

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Awareness Key To Coping With Climate Change: Speakers

Feb 4th, 2013 | By

The Tribune: Research, awareness campaigns and the integration of disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies in planning and development are essential to help Pakistan cope with future climate change challenges. These were the recommendations of a recently conducted survey by Save the Children to assess the impacts of climate change on children and their families in

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Pakistan, UN Seek To Cut Risk Of Glacial Lake Floods (GLOF)

Jan 29th, 2013 | By
Glaciers in the mountains towering above Bagrote valley in northern Pakistan can cause dangerous flash floods when they melt. ALERTNET/Rina Saeed Khan

Alertnet: Abdul Jabbar was in his house in the Bindu Gol valley of Pakistan’s northern Chitral district when a glacial lake burst through the ridge holding it back high above. “We felt the ground shaking and heard the roar of the water, and we ran out of our homes,” he said. The 2010 flood destroyed

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Climate Change In Pakistan Turning Extreme

Jan 24th, 2013 | By
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SciDevnet: Data presented at a seminar on climate change in Pakistan highlighted trends where this South Asian country, which stretches from high, snow-capped mountains to a deltaic coast, could be in for a sharp rise in average temperatures and extremely erratic weather. The seminar, held last month (29 December), analysed data in a new report

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Disaster-Prone Kashmir Trains Communities To Respond

Jan 18th, 2013 | By
Shops damaged by floodwaters and mudslides in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, September 2012. ALERTNET/Roshan Din Shad

Alertnet: Muhammad Mushtaq moved his family and several neighbours to safety last September when their homes in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, were flooded by an overflowing stream during heavy monsoon rains. Mushtaq, who lives in a three-room tin-roofed house perched on a steep river bank at risk of landslides and floods, put into

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Climate Change And Disasters In Pakistan

Jan 14th, 2013 | By
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Climate change is an emerging threat for our planet. It has manifested in disasters of impulsive frequency and intensity in different parts of the world. Pakistan is facing large number of impacts resulting from climate change. The floods of 2010 and cyclones of 1997 and 2007 are harsh reminders of the fact that we are

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Pakistan Pushes Ahead On Climate Policy But Action Still Lags

Jan 7th, 2013 | By
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AlertNet: Pakistan faces a range of threatening climate change impacts: changing monsoon patterns, melting glaciers, seasonal flooding, rising sea levels, desertification and increasing water scarcity. How bad are things? For the past two years, Pakistan has topped the list of the Global Climate Risk Index produced by Germanwatch, a non-governmental organisation that works on global

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