Content related to environment in Pakistan

Poor land management, outdated irrigation system cause floods

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Large number of dams is the  answer

Tanvir Siddiqi

Islamabad: Global warming with consequential climate change might be one explanation for Pakistan’s devastating floods, but scientists believe poor land management and outdated irrigation systems are also to blame for the devastation caused by the worst floods in the country’s history.

Flooding has battered Pakistan since the onset of heavy monsoon rains a month ago, affecting almost the entire country from north to south.

More than 1,600 people have died and more than 6 million are homeless, according to the U.N. The total population affected is at least 17 million.Read More »Poor land management, outdated irrigation system cause floods

Lahore being labeled most polluted city across country

* Industrial units stuck in residential areas causing land, air pollution
* Factories also causing difficulties for city planners to provide basic facilities
* Many rubber, steel industries discharging untreated effluent into River Ravi

By Afnan Khan

LAHORE: The cultural metropolis is being labeled the country’s most polluted city, as huge industrial units stuck in the middle of densely-populated areas are constantly adding to environmental degradation. Read More »Lahore being labeled most polluted city across country

New thinking on public parks

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Ahmad Rafay Alam

The Supreme Court and the High Courts have always been the protectors of parks and green spaces. Recently, the Supreme Court had a wholesale shopping market in Karachi agree to relocate after finding that the land it occupied was originally meant for public space. The Supreme Court is also hearing cases regarding commercial activities in a park in Islamabad.Read More »New thinking on public parks

Saidpur Village-a popular recreational spot for tourists

saidpurvillageISLAMABAD: Preserving centuries-old Saidpur Village located in the foothills of Margalla is no doubt a remarkable effort to help revive the dying arts of the region and promote inter-civilisation harmony.

The place which has the footprints of various civilizations, including Gandhara, Greek, Buddhist, Mughal, Ashoka and the colonial periods, is now serving as a popular recreational spot for both local and foreign visitors as various restaurants, picnic spots, art gallery and cafes have been setup to entertain the visitors.Read More »Saidpur Village-a popular recreational spot for tourists

Earth needs ‘users guide’ to protect it from people

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* Expert claims human activities pushing world into danger zone

OSLO: A new users’ guide is needed to help protect the Earth from dangerous changes such as global warming and extinctions of animals and plants caused by humans, scientists said on Thursday.

A group of 28 experts suggested nine key areas, such as freshwater use, chemical pollutants or changes in land use, where governments could define limits to ensure a “safe operating space for humanity”. “Today we are clearly driving development in the world blindfolded,” Johan Rockstrom, leader of the study and director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, said. “We are not considering the risks that there are deep holes we can drive into,” he said. The call, for setting “planetary boundaries”, was published in Thursday’s edition of the journal Nature. Read More »Earth needs ‘users guide’ to protect it from people

Industrialisation, mounting pollution threaten Lahore

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By Ali Raza

LAHORE: Rapidly increasing industrialization and commercialisation has turned the provincial metropolis — once known as the City of Gardens — into one of the most polluted cities in the country.

Even residential localities are not safe from increasing trends of commercialization and industrialization because many industrial zones, which were established some years ago outside the city, are now situated right in middle of the City.Read More »Industrialisation, mounting pollution threaten Lahore

ISLAMABAD: CDA to further beautify, expand Saidpur Model Village

ISLAMABAD: CDA to further beautify, expand Saidpur Model Village

Capital Development Authority (CDA) will further expand and beautify Saidpur Model Village to enrich its attraction for foreign tourists, said CDA Chairman Imtiaz Inayat Elahi during his visit to the Village.

The village reflects real cultural heritage of our rural society, said Elahi, adding, the natural stream flowing through Saidpur shall be cleaned and steps shall be taken to save it from pollution.Read More »ISLAMABAD: CDA to further beautify, expand Saidpur Model Village

Islamabad the cleanest city

islamabadAccording to a recent Gilani Research Foundation survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, almost equal percentage of respondents claimed to like Lahore and Islamabad (33 per cent each), while Karachi is liked by 18 per cent of the respondents.

Islamabad is the cleanest city according to the majority (65 per cent). A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the country were asked which city of Pakistan do you like the most? Read More »Islamabad the cleanest city

Ice study has good and bad news for planet

A study of Greenland’s icesheet has revealed that a vast store of planet-warming methane appears to be more stable than thought, easing fears of a rapid rise in temperatures, a scientist has said.

Methane is about 25 times more powerful at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide (CO2) and vast amounts of the compound are trapped in permafrost in the far northern hemisphere or in seabed deposits called clathrates.

Scientists have feared climate change could trigger a huge release of methane from the clathrate reservoir, sending global warming spiralling out of control. Read More »Ice study has good and bad news for planet