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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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Mountain biodiversity: Sustaining lives through generations

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Biodiversity in the mountains is a major source of sustenance for local communities By Janita Gurung and Neha Bisht More than a hundred and fifty years ago, the British naturalist explorer, Joseph Dalton Hooker, traversed the eastern Himalayas in and around the shadows of Mount Kangchenjunga, from Sikkim to eastern Nepal. He marveled at the rich diversity of plants and ...

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This viral GIF will force you to think about climate change

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With researchers trying different means to create awareness about climate change, one scientist has found an ingenious way to communicate the seriousness of the issue using a startling animation which has gone viral since it first made an appearance on social media on Tuesday. Ed Hawkins, professor at the University of Reading in the UK, has created a GIF using data ...

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Changing climate: 10 years after An Inconvenient Truth

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By Thomas Sumner More than 25 years before the star-studded Los Angeles premiere of An Inconvenient Truth, glaciologist Lonnie Thompson was about as far away from the red carpet as possible. It was 1978, and high in the rugged Andes, Thompson and fellow scientists were witnessing the first glimpses of a pending worldwide disaster. Rising temperatures were melting ancient titans ...

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Save the falling trees

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By Syed Muhammad Abubakar Forests play an important role in providing freshwater and livelihoods to local communities as well as sustaining wildlife. They are the green blanket that protects the environment and provides a habitat for different species of plants and animals. Pakistan has a forest cover of 2.5 % and due to ineffective policies and mismanagement, the forests of ...

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Hotter, drier, wetter: How to face the future?

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By Dr Arun B Shrestha Climate change is not just a future scenario for scientific discourse. It is already happening and will continue to happen as more heat-trapping greenhouse gases (GHG) and short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) accumulate in the atmosphere. There is strong evidence that the Earth is already 1°C hotter than at the start of the 20th Century. The ...

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