Environment

Mantle of Climate Leadership Passed on to China

Mantle of Climate Leadership Passed on to China

A sight peculiar to rural China is endless rows of low-rise buildings which are often accompanied by solar water heaters. It is estimated that around 3000 companies produce such devices in millions to meet the demands of roughly 30 million Chinese households. The sales of these solar powered water heaters […]

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Persistent continual of the dense fog blanketing Punjab has revealed high readings of pollution in the air (Source : SamaaTV)

Time to Judge Our Energy Sector

In the post Paris conference era where the international community is expected to take collective action for cutting their emission levels, Pakistan is on its way to increase share of coal into its energy mix.  The country is building four 660MW coal power plant units with Chinese assistance. Two units […]

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Human Rights in the Wake of Climate Change

Human Rights in the Wake of Climate Change

The phenomenon of human rights, its protection and its violation is one of the most vulnerable subjects prone to get affected by a number of factors. Be it a state of war or conflict between or within the states or bad governance on the part of any state, if it […]

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An Overview of the Paris Agreement

An Overview of the Paris Agreement

Briefs, Environment, International, Research Brief September 10, 2016 at 9:30 am 0 comments

The Paris Agreement aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the ability of states to adopt environment-friendly policies and machinery by making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate resilient development by 2020. Uptill now, 25 states, including China and the USA, have […]

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Floods in Pakistan: Wrath of Nature or Man-Made Calamity?

Floods in Pakistan: Wrath of Nature or Man-Made Calamity?

Domestic, Environment September 14, 2015 at 11:52 pm 2 comments

It was the third consecutive day that an old lady had taken refuge on the rooftop of her house, in a village of Muzaffargarh, along with her daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. Their house nearly being submerged in flood water and livestock drowned, they had to flee to the rooftop to […]

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Indian scavengers look for coins and other valuable items from among the offerings of devotees in the Ganges at Varanasi on April 5, 2009.   More than 400 million people live along the Ganges River. An estimated 2,000,000 persons ritually bathe daily in the river, which is considered holy by Hindus. In the Hindu religion it is said to flow from the lotus feet of Vishnu (for Vaisnava devotees) or the hair of Shiva (for Saivites). While the Ganges may be considered holy, there are some problems associated with the ecology. It is filled with chemical wastes, sewage and even the remains of human and animal corpses which carry major health risks by either direct bathing in the water (e.g.: Bilharziasis infection), or by drinking (the Fecal-oral route).   AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH

Freshwater Pollution: Sources, Impacts and Mitigation

Environment, International August 10, 2015 at 11:57 pm 0 comments

In the history of mankind, natural water resources have almost always been the mainspring of civilization. Being an indispensible resource, human civilizations engineered methods to harvest, store and utilize water. In addition, water bodies have served as reservoirs to dump waste material, mainly owing to the concept that flowing water […]

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Drinking Water Challenge

Drinking Water Challenge

Domestic, Domestic, Environment, Human Rights July 12, 2015 at 9:07 pm 0 comments

Water – the tri-atomic molecule, not only constitutes the medium of the origin of life but also of its sustenance. Although evidences reveal the presence of water on some extraterrestrial objects as well but by far Earth is the only planet known to possess stable surface reservoirs of liquid water […]

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Karachi Heat Wave: A Test Case for Disaster Management

Karachi Heat Wave: A Test Case for Disaster Management

Domestic, Domestic, Environment, Human Rights July 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm 0 comments

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, the southern parts of Pakistan were struck by the deadliest heat wave in many decades. Karachi has been in the epicenter of the heat wave and experienced its highest recorded temperature of 450C since 1979. Central and west districts of Karachi were the most severely […]

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Climate Change  Challenge, Vulnerablity & Mitigation

Climate Change Challenge, Vulnerablity & Mitigation

Environment, International May 7, 2015 at 8:56 pm 0 comments

For the last two decades, we have been witnessing changes in our weather and the occurrence of some unusual weather phenomena such as an early arrival of springtime, hotter summer and erratic precipitation and snowfall. These weather anomalies are the indicators of climate change. Before proceeding further, the distinction between […]

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The Asian Houbara Bustard

The Asian Houbara Bustard

Domestic March 8, 2015 at 11:01 pm 0 comments

“Game of the Rich”: The Dwindling Houbara Bustard Resources of Pakistan Asian houbara bustard (Chlamydotis macqueenii ) is a member of the avian family Otididae commonly known as bustards. Distribution The Asian houbara bustard extends from Egypt east of the Nile to Mongolia and China (1,2) inhabiting Afghanistan, Bahrain, China, Egypt, […]

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