PM sets National Task Force to tackle severe heatwave, GLOFs: Sherry

Staff Writer Islamabad: Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman said this week that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had formulated a National Task Force to stir disaster management efforts to tackle severe heatwave and GLOF events. Addressing a joint news conference flanked by Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lieutenant General Akhter Nawaz Satti […]

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NAB launched inquiry into Billion Trees Tsunami Programme: Sherry Rehman

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman this week apprised the National Assembly that National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has already launched inquiry into Billion Trees Tsunami Programme of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. During a Question Hour, she said various complaints of corruption in the Billion Tree Tsunami Programme have been received and investigation has already been […]

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Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri warns against intense heat waves

Canberra: Pakistani High Commissioner to Australia Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri this week warned against the intense heat waves. “As per @IPCC_CH more intense heat waves of longer durations & occurring at a higher frequency r projected. Impacts on agricultural output, water, energy supplies & air quality could be devastating,” he tweeted. For weeks, blistering heat has […]

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GLOFs, heat waves & droughts to get worse sans climate action: Sherry Rehman

Newswire Islamabad: Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman this week warned that Pakistan was in the grip of recurring heat waves as a result of global climate inaction and lack of commitments to pledges made to reduce greenhouse gasses. “Policies need to be prioritized and benchmarked transparently and equitably. We are clearly in […]

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“existential crisis” Heatwaves are more frequent, more intense and starting earlier: Sherry Rehman

Staff Writer Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s minister for climate, said that the country was facing an “existential crisis” as climate emergencies were being felt from the north to south of the country. Rehman warned that the heatwave was causing the glaciers in the north of the country to melt at an unprecedented rate, and that thousands […]

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The fight against climate change must include greener fossil fuels

Fuad Al-Zayer The UN’s third Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was published earlier this month with a stark warning that climate change is causing more frequent severe storms, floods, droughts, wildfires, and other extreme weather events. It said that current plans by governments around the world to address climate change are not enough to limit […]

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Protection of environment topmost agenda: Sherry Rehman

Staff Writer Islamabad: Federal Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman said this week that the protection of country’s environment was topmost priority of the government where all necessary measures would be taken to address air quality related issues. In an interview, she said that government would take number of initiatives to improve the air quality […]

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UN Environment Program praises Pakistan’s efforts to restore ecosystems

Islamabad: Pakistan’s efforts to restore ecosystems were praised this week by the United Nations Environment Program. Large-scale restoration initiatives, such as The Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Project, are central to Pakistan’s efforts to support the UN Decade and promote ecosystem restoration, SAID UNEP’s Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Dechen Tsering in a statement. […]

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Japan-funded Project for Installation of Weather Surveillance Radar at Karachi inaugurated

Newswire Islamabad: An inauguration ceremony for “the Project for Installation of Weather Surveillance Radar at Karachi”, funded by Japan, was held this week with Mr. ISOMURA Toshikazu, Consul General, Japan Consulate office Karachi, Mr. FURUTA Shigeki, Chief Representative, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Pakistan Office, H.E Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Federal Minister for Aviation and […]

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How droughts can change societies

Kerry Boyd Anderson Multiple droughts around the world today threaten significant political, social and economic impacts. Drought in Iran has forced internal migration and sparked protests. Parts of Brazil are experiencing the worst drought in decades, affecting its agricultural production and creating risks for the population, including in large cities. A historic drought in California […]

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Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo appreciates Pakistan’s first plastic road

Newswire Rome: Senior Italian diplomat Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo this week appreciated Pakistan’s first plastic road. “What an excellent environment – friendly idea. I hope there will be a number of imitations,” he tweeted. In Islamabad, one kilometer stretch of Ataturk Avenue in Islamabad has been re-carpeted with tons of plastic bottles. A multinational soft drink […]

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Green Line project: Chinese buses to start running on Karachi roads within days

Gwadar Pro Karachi: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar this week announced that the Chinese buses will start running on the roads under the Green Line project within a few days. Green Line project: Chinese buses to start running on Karachi roads within days “Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the […]

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Pakistan and China committed to a clean and green vision of CPEC: FM

China Economic Net Islamabad: Pakistan said this week that Pakistan and China were committed to a clean and green vision of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Asim Iftikhar Ahmed noted that CPEC had put Pakistan into a stage of high-quality development. “This vision is being translated into reality through projects such as […]

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UK’s Prince William says great minds should focus on saving Earth not space travel

Michael Holden London: Britain’s Prince William has taken a thinly veiled swipe at the billionaires embroiled in a space tourism race, saying the world’s greatest brains should instead be focused on solving the environmental problems facing the Earth. During a BBC interview, William appeared to criticise Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person, Elon Musk and […]

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Tree plantation ceremony to mark 70 years of Pakistan-Argentina friendship

Islamabad: To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Pakistan and Argentina, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Argentine Ambassador Leopoldo Francisco Sahores, planted 7 Friendship Trees in a Ceremony held at Argentina Park, Islamabad. On the occasion, Foreign Minister Qureshi stated that the two countries have developed a strong relationship […]

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Australian wildfires triggered massive algal blooms in Southern Ocean

Clouds of smoke and ash from wildfires that ravaged Australia in 2019 and 2020 triggered widespread algal blooms in the Southern Ocean thousands of miles downwind to the east, a new Duke University-led study by an international team of scientists finds. The peer-reviewed study, published September 15 in Nature, is the first to conclusively link […]

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Reforestation could help save coral reefs from catastrophe

Increasing reforestation efforts in coastal regions could substantially reduce the amount of sediment run-off reaching coral reefs and improve their resilience, a University of Queensland-led study has found. The study analysed more than 5,500 coastal areas from around the world and found that nearly 85 per cent of them leached sediment to coral reefs, the […]

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Top Karachi universities to get Chinese hybrid buses

Gwadar Pro Karachi: Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi said this week that Port Qasim will gift Chinese hybrid buses to the University of Karachi, Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Sindh Medical College (SMC) and NED University. Speaking to journalists here, he remarked that the government wanted to facilitate the top educational […]

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Pakistan’s leading companies contributing to 8-10% in exports make bold commitments to net zero emissions

Islamabad: A coalition for Pakistan’s private sector has been launched by the Pakistan Environment Trust, where leading companies have shown their climate stewardship to deliver net zero greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) at the corporate level – 10 companies across textile and FMCG sectors are the first to commit to this goal. The commitment to net […]

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Italy to support ‘Glaciers and Students’ project in GB: Ambassador Andreas Ferrarese

Newswire Islamabad: Italy’s Ambassador to Pakistan Andreas Ferrarese said this week that Italy will support ‘Glaciers and Students’ project in the Gilgit-Baltistan.He was speaking at Pre-COP26 Workshop at the Karakoram Int’l University (KIU) jointly organsied by EvK2CNR and KIU. The Ambassador, addressing the audience virtually, through Zoom, expressed his appreciation for organizing a workshop addressing […]

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Australian High Commissioner for commercialization of technologies to ensure food security

Newswire Faisalabad: Australian High Commissioner Dr Geoffrey Shaw said this week that commercialization of technologies was imperative to give a quantum jump to agriculture yield and making Pakistan a self-reliant country in addition to ensuring food security.He was addressing a meeting here at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF). He appreciated the technologies of UAF […]

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UNESCO and High Commission of Canada in Pakistan launch cohort4 climate conversations

Newswire Islamabad: UNESCO Islamabad in collaboration with the High Commission of Canada in Pakistan, recently concluded a series of sensitization and information sharing sessions to strengthen climate change reporting. These sessions culminated in the formulation of a Cohort4ClimateConversations forum, with the aim to strengthen climate change reporting in mainstream and digital media in Pakistan. Throughout […]

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