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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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GLOFs and flash floods: People of Gojal Valley live under constant fear

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The effects of climate change have started to take a huge toll on the livelihood and quality of life of the people of the mountain areas of Pakistan. Since the last 6 years, Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs) and flash floods have been posing a serious threat to a number of villages in Gojal Valley (Upper Hunza), damaging agricultural lands, infrastructure, homes and triggering food insecurity ...

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Innovative approaches must to strengthen Pakistan against natural disasters

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By Ahsan Jamil Globally, millions of structural and non-structural losses are incurred due to natural disasters triggered by variety of reasons and competent authorities of respective countries are compelled to spend a huge proportion of their economy in lieu of disaster reduction activities to minimize the threshold of impacts of those disasters whether those are in form of earthquakes, tropical ...

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The winter of discontent

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SARA FARID This winter has found the residents of Chitral unsettled, after the unlucky vale was ravaged by not one but two natural calamities in 2015; floods and earthquakes. The damage could have been far worse; the villagers of Charun Oveer mostly build houses out of mud and stone so they are easy to rebuild. But most villagers say they’ve ...

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How the residents of Shimshal are setting a shining example for Pakistan

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NOOR PAMIRI When I arrived in Hunza’s Shimshal Valley, I was surprised and delighted to see happy locals dressed in colourful and modern winter attire. What was more amazing were the concrete reinforced houses and satellite dish antennas everywhere. It signalled a makeover that I found difficult to associate with this remote region of Pakistan. But, what left me absolutely ...

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