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Gojal: 6th Basic mountaineering, 2nd Naitonal Ice climbing championship concludes in Shimshal

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SHIMSHAL: A weeklong basic mountaineering camp organized by Pakistan Youth Outreach in collaboration with Karakorum Expedition, came to its end. This year marked successful conclusion of 6th Basic Mountaineering and 2nd National Ice Climbing championship at Malangudi Glacier Shimshal. For the past six years, Pakistan Youth Outreach has been organizing outdoor sports related events for youth. The outdoor mountaineering training ...

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Mountaineering for a cause: Local mountaineers resolve to save glaciers

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Press Release A group of 10 mountaineers and researcher from Shimshal embarked on a mission to save the glaciers from depleting. This was announced during a meeting with media in National Press Club Islamabad. Pakistan is home to worlds largest ice glaciers out of the polar region. Spread over an area of 16933 square kilometer, there are over 5000 glaciers ...

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Moving south for the winter: The rich move out as the poor freeze in Gilgit-Baltistan

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The wagon door slams into place. The last of the bags have been loaded onto the car and businessman Safdar Khan’s family is ready for the long journey south, out of Gilgit. But they are not heading out for a vacation. Despite the fact that it is 2016, people living in the mountainous region of Gilgit-Baltistan still ...

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On the verge of extinction: Warmer temperatures threaten snow leopards

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: As climate change pushes average temperatures up, snow leopards in the northern areas are facing an existential crisis – there are far fewer places left for them to live. Coupled with fast spreading human population, the cats are under dual treat from the environment and human beings. “The cat is precious and its survival is in the ...

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Representatives of mountainous cities come together to tackle rising air pollution

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Press Release Policy makers, experts, and practitioners from Asia and Latin America met to discuss the challenges and available tools for managing air quality in mountainous cities at a session held on the side lines of the 17th IUAPPA World Clean Air Congress and 9th CAA Better Air Quality Conference in Busan, Korea. The conference is taking place from 29 August to 2 September 2016. ...

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Snow leopard forced to live in captivity in Gilgit-Baltistan

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: A majestic beast has been stripped of its right to live in the wild and has been forced to live in a cage in Gilgit-Baltistan for nearly four years. “King of mountains,” as the snow leopard is called, usually lives at an altitude of 12,000 to 18,000 feet and walks around an area of around 250 kilometres. ...

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Men amongst mountains with Baqir Mehdi

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BAQIR MEHDI, A TALENTED PHOTOGRAPHER, GRADUATED FROM NCA IN FILM AND TV, WITH A DISTINCTION FOR HIS THESIS DOCUMENTARY ‘ME, CHABBAR AND ABBU CHACHU’. HE DOCUMENTS HIS TRAVEL THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS OF THE VALLEY OF MISGAR, TELLING US ABOUT THE CONVERSATIONS OF MEN AMONGST THE MOUNTAINS AND THE HOSPITALITY OF THE NATIVES. “Im more of a documentary photographer and I ...

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Pakistan’s last 200 snow leopards — and one man’s unrelenting efforts to save them

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RINA SAEED KHAN The first time I saw the magnificent snow leopard was on film. BBC’s Planet Earth series aired some incredibly beautiful footage of a snow leopard stalking its prey in the wild. On the craggy cliffs of Chitral, the animal leaped over the rocks in search of a Markhor. Never before had the elusive leopard been caught hunting ...

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World Environment Day 2016: Sustaining our Wildlife

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By Rajan Kotru In a world where consumerism and materialism are increasing, the celebration of World Environment Day is a time to reflect on whether our collective behaviour needs to be modified to address challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss. This day should be used to remind us that there is only one living world, but that our ...

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WWF, ICIMOD organise journalists’ workshop on climate change in Gilgit

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GILGIT (Staff Report) – WWF-Pakistan, in collaboration with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), conducted a two-day awareness and capacity building workshop aiming to sensitise and train local journalists on issues related to climate change. The purpose of the workshop was to effectively communicate the need for enabling policies and strategies for adaptation. Participants of the event included local ...

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