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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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National Wetlands Policy expected soon?

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jul 28, 2013. Among its short-term objectives for 2013-14, the Climate Change Division’s forestry wing is also going to make a push for getting the National Wetlands Policy approved. According to documents obtained by The Express Tribune, a draft of the […]

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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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Construction banned in Rawal Lake catchment areas

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jul 28, 2013. The Rawal Lake monitoring committee has decided to formally forbid any future construction in Rawal Lake’s catchment areas and watershed region without prior environmental approval, Asif Shuja, the committee’s chairperson, told The Express Tribune. Shuja, who is also […]

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Mountain anti-pollution fee not effective in controlling pollution

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jul 3, 2013. Islamabad – Waste disposal is not just a problem in city streets across Pakistan. Even the country’s glaciers and mountain peaks are not safe from it. Despite a waste management fee paid by mountaineering expeditions, tons of trash […]

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Pakistan’s largest national park without a management plan due to govt inefficiency

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jun 30, 2013. Islamabad – The largest national park in Pakistan has been without a management plan ever since the park was established 20 years ago. Several attempts were made in the past to create a working document for the management […]

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Islamabad’s green belts losing to the concrete

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jul 1, 2013. Islamabad – Back in the ’70s, when Islamabad was still in its teenage years, Fauzia Minallah remembers the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to be a strict and efficient organisation. “If residents cut trees in front of their houses […]

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Scientific ventures to determine climate change impact on Pakistan’s glaciers

This article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jun 24, 2013. Islamabad – Scientific understanding of glaciers, global pollutant movement and water management in the Karakoram mountain range will be boosted after the initiation of three new scientific experiments in the region by an Italy-based international research organisation. EvK2CNR has been working in […]

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Adaptation strategies at the community level

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jun 21, 2013. Islamabad – In the Ghari Afghana village of Taxila, Maimoona Shahzadi and her fellow villagers had faced a stinking problem for as long as they could remember. The lack of proper sanitation in the village meant the nullahs […]

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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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