Tag Archives: conservation

Senator seeks SC intervention to stop metro bus project

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 11, 2014. Islamabad – Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has written to the Supreme Court to take suo moto notice of a proposal that might destroy green belts on two Islamabad avenues to make way for the planned metro bus service. […]

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Energy efficient solutions suitable but expensive for Pakistan

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Aug 15, 2013. Islamabad – With the federal and Punjab governments showing interest in renewable forms of energy to cope with the country’s power crisis, there are some who are also suggesting a new push for energy efficiency and conservation measures. […]

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“Eco-theology”: A religious approach to environment protection

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Aug 7, 2013. Islamabad – In the mid-90s, when the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Pakistan was conducting projects related to environmental rehabilitation and natural resource management in Kohistan and parts of Balochistan, the organisation faced opposition from local […]

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Twin city residents looking for solar options

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jul 21, 2013. Islamabad – On the shop front of Hussain Electronics, an old electronics shop on College Road in Rawalpindi, a handwritten notice is taped to a 2.5-by-5 feet solar panel. In Urdu, the notice explains to prospective buyers the […]

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Environment watchdog struggling to enforce plastic bag ban in capital

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jun 9, 2013. Islamabad – Almost two and a half months after a ban on non degradable plastic bags was officially made effective in the federal capital, the spirit to adopt environment friendly alternatives to the plastic bags remains buoyant but […]

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2012 not a great year for environment: HRCP report

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 14, 2013. Islamabad – The performance of “green benches” set up by different courts across the country in 2012 to hear cases related to environment has so far been very poor. These green benches were constituted to expedite environmental cases […]

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Environment tribunal issues warrant against company owner

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 12, 2013. Islamabad – The Punjab Environmental Tribunal on Thursday issued bailable arrest warrants to the owner of one Rawalpindi company and deferred judgment on another company that has adopted precautionary measures since environmental action against it. The three-member tribunal, […]

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Stone crushers forced to adopt dust suppression system

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 8, 2013. Islamabad – A government environmental watchdog’s efforts to curb air quality degradation due to stone crushing at the Margalla Hills are bearing some fruit. At least one of the stone crushers that operate in Taxila has installed a […]

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Stone crushing in the Margalla Hills

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 10, 2013. Islamabad – The Margalla Hills are no stranger to the destructive touch of machines. For over 30 years, stone crushers have eaten away at the Hills, quarrying, drilling, blasting and crushing rocks into fine gravel that goes into […]

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Ban on regular plastic bags in Islamabad

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on April 1, 2013. Islamabad – This is not an April Fools joke. From April 1, 2013, the sale, purchase and use of polythene plastic bags will be completely banned in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). The Ministry of Law and Justice has […]

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