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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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The modern water carriers of Islamabad

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jun 3, 2013. Islamabad – Under the shade of a tattered sack cloth propped up on sticks, Fazal Ghafoor throws water from a steel glass in to a blue jerrycan that is tucked between two slightly bigger water drums. A round […]

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Floods may be good but not without proper management

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 23, 2013. Pakistan needs to improve its floodplain management, think about water conservation and focus on harnessing the power of excessive rains to solve its water crisis, according to experts at a ceremony in the federal capital on Wednesday. The […]

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In the Karakorams, weather may be playing tricks

This article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 27, 2013. Islamabad – Spread over around 10,000 square kilometres, the Central Karakoram National Park (CKNP) in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) is home to the largest glacial land mass in the world outside the polar region. Thirty-eight per cent of the park’s land mass is covered […]

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CDA to cease boating at Rawal Lake, close jetty

March 6, 2013 – Islamabad – After almost two years of risking human lives at the Rawal Lake, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has finally found some sense. CDA Parks Directorate officials said a notification was issued to the Lake View Park management on Tuesday asking it to close the boating area. Lake View Park manager […]

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Satellite remote sensing can help improve food security situation, tackle adverse effects of climate change

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 14, 2013. Islamabad – The total cultivated area in Pakistan’s Punjab province is twice the size of cultivated land in Indian Punjab, yet the yield from the neighboring state’s farms is 1.6 times that of Pakistani Punjab’s yield. Using satellite images […]

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Reduced flows hurting Indus Delta

This article was first published in The Express Tribune on Dec 25, 2012. Islamabad – Until the late 19th century, the Indus Delta boasted of a thick mangrove plantation. The forests in the delta were so lush that there were even reports of an ‘Indus Tiger’ on the prowl within its recesses. This description provided […]

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Children at risk of waterborne diseases

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Oct 22, 2012, as part of a special report on water quality in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Islamabad – Kids in the federal capital and surrounding areas might be at a greater risk of falling prey to waterborne […]

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Sehto ends hunger strike

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sept 23, 2012. Islamabad – Comrade Ghulam Rasool Sehto broke his 122-day hunger strike on Saturday after personal assurances from Senator Aitezaz Ahsan and Chairman Baitul Mal Zamurd Khan that Sehto’s demands of ending water pilferage and fixing ghost schools and […]

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Comrade Sehto’s Hunger Strike

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sept 19, 2012. Islamabad – Comrade Ghulam Rasool Sehto, president of the Sindh Hari Committee, was shifted to the Polyclinic Hospital on Sunday night after he fell unconscious at his protest camp outside the Islamabad Press Club. Sehto has been on a hunger […]

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