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Climate change can pose serious food, water risks for Pakistan

This article was first published in The Express Tribune on Dec 2, 2013. Islamabad – Pakistan needs to gear up to avoid the negative impact of climate change on crop production, water availability and food security. This was stated by Dr Mohsin Iqbal, head of the agriculture and coordination section at the Global Change Impact […]

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Comment: Let’s focus on climate change

This article was first published in The Express Tribune on Nov 27, 2013. The narrative to prevent environmental degradation has almost always been weak in Pakistan. On the streets, it gets annihilated in the face of poverty, social injustice and lack of basic facilities, and not without merit. It is difficult to expect anything significant […]

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Pakistan worst hit by extreme weather events after Haiti, Philippines: Germanwatch report

  An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Nov 14, 2013. Islamabad – Pakistan was one of the three countries most affected by extreme weather events in 2012, according to the latest climate vulnerability report by Germanwatch, an organisation that works on climate change and development issues. The […]

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COP 19: Pakistan should focus on tech transfer, funds

An edited version of this article was first published on Nov 8, 2013. Islamabad – Pakistan’s delegation to an upcoming international government-level conference on climate change should focus on benefitting from technology transfer and funding mechanisms, which might come under discussion at the conference, according to Dr Qamaruz Zaman Chaudhry. Chaudhry, a senior climate change […]

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Flood management: Pak can look to Chinese model for help

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Oct 21, 2013. Islamabad – China sought help from continental Europe to manage its floods problem. Pakistan does not have to look farther than the People’s Republic. In 1998, China’s 6,300-kilometre-long Yangtze River suffered what could be termed the Chinese equivalent […]

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Experts had forewarned of Balochistan quake

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sep 30, 2013. Islamabad – In the second week of January 2006, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) wrote a letter to the Balochistan government warning about the seismic threat to the province. In the letter, written in 20026, the former director-general […]

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Pakistani experts endorse IPCC climate change report

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sep 29, 2013. Islamabad – Pakistani experts have supported the announcement by world’s leading climate scientists that global warming is “unequivocal” and humans are “extremely likely” to blame for it. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations body […]

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World Ozone Layer Day 2013

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sep 16, 2013. Islamabad – Efforts are underway in Pakistan to reduce the production and consumption of substances that deplete the Earth’s ozone layer by 10 per cent over the next couple of years, according to officials at the Climate Change […]

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More research need to identify behaviour of Karakoram glaciers

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sep 11, 2013. Islamabad – The glaciers in Karakoram ranges are more stable than the ones worldwide but more data and research are needed to understand their complex behaviour. These views were expressed by local and foreign experts at a scientific […]

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Comment: Where does the floodwater go?

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Aug 20, 2013. I love clouds. The way these wispy masses of liquid droplets take form, their types, the manner in which they reflect and scatter light to colour themselves and the careless abandon with which their infinite profiles defy geometrical […]

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