Posts Tagged ‘ Indus River ’

Thimphu poisons river

Nov 15th, 2011 | By
Sanitation Situtation of Wangchu River in Bhutan Photo credit: Kuenselonline

Kuenselonline: The Wangchu river that runs through Thimphu city, Bhutan’s biggest and fastest growing urban centre, is more polluted as it passes through the main town and flows downstream, a report prepared by the National Environment Commission concludes. The report collected data between March last year and April this year, from monitoring sites set up

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Is Pakistan ready to face severe warming?

Nov 14th, 2011 | By

Pak Observer: The International Energy Agency (IEA) in its annual World Energy Outlook Report has warned that the world has just five years to avoid being trapped in a scenario of perilous climate change and extreme weather events. It warned that the current trends of rising fossil energy use will lead to irreversible and potentially

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India loses nearly $18 bn to disasters: UN Expert

Nov 8th, 2011 | By
Disaster Altertnet

Economic Times: India is paying a high price for its lack of disaster management practices — Rs.86,000 crore ($17.5 billion) every year to be precise, says a UN expert. “India is vulnerable, in varying degrees, to a large number of natural as well as manmade disasters,” J. Radhakrishnan, head of UNDP India’s Disaster Management wing,

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Scientists pinpoint sources of four major international rivers

Aug 24th, 2011 | By

Xinhuanet: Chinese scientists have pinpointed the sources of four major rivers that flow through China and south Asia, and measured their lengths and size of drainage basins, information that will prove to be invaluable for future environmental research. The information about the Brahmaputra, Indus, Salween and Irrawaddy rivers was a result of expeditions and satellite

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Big dam problem in Pakistan

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By

STLToday: Last week, the McClatchy newspapers reported that the Obama administration is considering providing seed money for a $12 billion hydroelectric dam on the Indus River in northernmost Pakistan. Just wait for Congress to get back from vacation. A lot of them, Republicans and Democrats alike, are going to hate this idea. It may be

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Watch all that waste!

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By

Truth Drive: Ladakh has been gradually climbing out of the devastation that struck in August last year when a cloudburst over Leh resulted in massive quantities of water pouring down from the sky on a sleeping population. What followed as was watched by the world in horror were massive mudslides destroying in its wake, homes,

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Govt moving at a snail s pace in approving draft

Aug 20th, 2011 | By

TheNews: With the country facing severe environmental hazards like floods, the federal government is moving at a snail s pace to approve the first-ever National Climate Change Policy prepared by the Ministry of Environment in April before its devolution under the 18th Amendment, sources said here on Thursday. According to sources, the draft proposals are

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Pakistan’s water crisis

Aug 16th, 2011 | By

Tribune: A water crisis is emerging which could have major implications for Pakistan’s economy and society. Effective management of this crisis first requires urgent mitigation and adaptation measures with close cooperation amongst Pakistan’s provinces of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh on the one hand and then between Pakistan and India on the other. If the necessary

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Our Waterways: Learning from Failure in Mountains!

Aug 10th, 2011 | By
Ms. Noreen Haider

Noreen Haider: Disaster are far more dependent on the processes surrounding vulnerability, including asset depletion, deforestation, soil erosion, population growth, poor planning, coping capacities of population, climate change, bad governance and corruption to state a few. The flood effectively proved once again that unless Risk Reduction strategies are incorporated in the overall planning at the

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Life among landslides

Aug 8th, 2011 | By

Chinadialogue: Rock avalanches cause destruction, but also provide benefits to people living in Asia’s mountains. Opening a three-part article, Kenneth Hewitt explores the impacts in the upper Indus valley. Large rockslides and the rock avalanches they can generate will destroy any living thing or built structure in their path. In mountain valleys, they can form

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Makings of a riparian rift

Aug 6th, 2011 | By

GulfNews: The race between India and Pakistan for control of water grows fiercer as population booms and glaciers recede. Stephen Myron Schwebel, an American jurist, recently became the first outsider in 64 years to cross the Line of Control (LoC) — the world’s most militarised de-facto border that divides Indian and Pakistani Kashmir. Schwebel’s visit

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Water shortages threaten renewed conflict between Pakistan, India

Aug 4th, 2011 | By

As population growth and climate change increase competition for water around the world, India and Pakistan may find water a growing source of conflict, analysts say. The two South Asian countries have a long history of tensions over issues as diverse as terrorist attacks and rights to Kashmir. Diplomatic initiatives have helped reduced these tensions

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A Fable of Siamese Twins

Jul 31st, 2011 | By
Ms. Noreen Haider

Noreen Haider: The rivers more than any other physical feature demonstrate how nature knows no boundaries. The rivers are the lifeline of civilizations, custodians of cultures, song, music, dance, food, dress and poetry. Rivers are like the eternal guardians of cities, of cultivation and growth, of sustenance and hope, of joys and sorrow, of ebb

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Trans-Boundary Famine

Jul 29th, 2011 | By
K N Vajpai

K N Vajpai: In one of recently held international seminar in Pakistan, experts from various institutions of the world highlighted concerns related to various developmental processes, natural resource crisis and ignorance towards local governance system in the mountainous part of Himalaya. The experts highlighted the dependence of over 1.5 billion people in South Asia region

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