Posts Tagged ‘ Pakistan ’

Connecting Dots: Communicating Climate Science In Himalayas

Oct 12th, 2012 | By

Mountain Voice: In the series of Mountain Voice project the Climate Himalaya team interviewed Dr. David J Molden, Director General of International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD, Nepal) and discussed about the climate related issues in Himalayan region and about scientific communications and policy making processes. Climate Himalaya: Barring exceptions, it is business as

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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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Pakistan: Devolution of environment ministry not to affect MDG targets

Nov 12th, 2011 | By
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The News: The federal government would help provinces achieve Millennium Development Goals’ targets by bringing one million hector of new land under tree cover by 2015, a senior official said here on Thursday. He said devolution of the environment ministry would not affect the targets set by the federal government and introduction of National Forest

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Plantation of trees only solution to Asian floods

Nov 12th, 2011 | By

Business Recorder: The humanitarian emergency caused by the few last months’ devastating floods in Asia is a warning that the situation could get worse, The people affected by this crisis have lost everything, and their difficulties are only just beginning. Two countries Pakistan and Thailand have been badly hit by the disaster. Hundreds of thousands

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Himalayan Nations: Need to build Resilience to Climate Change Impact

Nov 10th, 2011 | By

WWF: Himalayan nations must move rapidly to commit to efforts that build resilience to the impacts of climate change and generate resources for adaptation, capacity building and technology transfer. The Himalayan glaciers are the water towers of Asia, and the source of many of the world’s great rivers: The Yangtze, the Ganges, the Indus and

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Pakistan now more vulnerable to climate change

Oct 11th, 2011 | By

Maha Mussadaq , The Express Tribune : ISLAMABAD:  In the list of countries most vulnerable to disasters due to climate change, Pakistan’s ranking has been downgraded to 16 in 2010-2011 from its previous position at 29 a year earlier, according to the Climate Change Vulnerability Index by Maple Croft, an organisation which maps over 100

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Zardari Seeks Int’l Help In Disaster Management

Oct 10th, 2011 | By
Husband of slain Pakistani opposition leader Bhutto gestures during a condolence meeting in Naudero

Daily Times: President says devastation caused by climatic changes is a wake-up call to search permanent solutions to natural disasters ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari, on Friday, called upon the international community, especially the countries advanced in disaster management, to assist Pakistan in capacity building so that it could meet eventualities caused by natural calamities

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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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Flash flood guidance system provided

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By

DAWN: The United States has provided a ‘Flash Flood Guidance System’ to Pakistan to help improve protection of life and property against the natural calamity. The Flash Flood Guidance System for Pakistan has been developed by Hydrologic Research Center of the United States through joint collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), US National Weather

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Pakistan’s mango orchards disappearing as weather shifts

Aug 20th, 2011 | By

Alertnet: Increasingly harsh and unpredictable weather is hurting mango production in southern Pakistan, driving farmers to cut down trees in favour of higher-earning crops like cotton, sugar cane and wheat. But the crop switch is reducing the region’s tree cover, leading to higher carbon emissions and hotter living conditions for many farmers, as well as

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Rising inflation causing food insecurity in Pakistan

Aug 17th, 2011 | By

TheNews: Rising inflation, especially of food, which is in double-digit for the last several years, is causing severe food insecurity in Pakistan, as millions of Pakistanis have limited access to food due to its high prices and the United Nations have time and again pinpointed this threat to the county, sources said on Monday. Although

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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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Answering a call to lead in Pakistan

Aug 11th, 2011 | By

Boston: Since leaving Pakistan nearly two decades ago to study engineering at MIT, Adil Najam has taught at some of Boston’s best universities, served on the international climate council that won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, and made a comfortable suburban life with his wife and three children in Boxborough. But this past weekend, Najam

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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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Huge Risks Remain for 2010 Flood Victims in Pakistan

Aug 8th, 2011 | By

NewsLine:The destructive torrential floods that ravaged Pakistan almost a year ago caused the deaths of 2,000 people and displaced an estimated 20 million. The dire situation prompted international aid organisations, such as the UN and Oxfam, to intervene. Slowly but surely as the immediacy and shock of the floods faded, press coverage on the victims

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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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Energy crisis-A serious security threat?

Aug 5th, 2011 | By

The NEWS: Pakistan’s energy sector crisis is posing challenges to the country’s national security now. Around six to eight hours of daily loadshedding in the urban areas and a twelve to eighteen hours in rural areas, coupled with unemployment also caused by energy shortage in the industrial sector, has led to significant vulnerabilities that are

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Institutional Arrangements for Climate Change in Pakistan

Aug 5th, 2011 | By

SDPI: As a country particularly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change, Pakistan cannot afford to ignore the threat it poses to its economy and socio-political stability. To date, despite overwhelming evidence of this threat, Pakistan’s response has been poor. Put simply, the issue of climate change is not captured in the country’s overall

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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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