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    Environmental Issues In Islamabad And Rawalpindi

  • Environmental issues are low down on the govt’s priority list

    No doubt, tree plantation is a very noble cause and even if half of the estimated saplings grow safely it will have a very positive impact on the overall environmental and economic conditions of the militancy-ravaged province...

    However, in the provincial metropolis, especially in the thickly-populated localities, the tree plantation and anti-encroachment drives will be of little use to bring a positive change in environmental...

  • Steps being taken to address environmental issues, says Balochistan CM

    QUETTA: The provincial government is taking steps to mitigate the impact of environmental issues and climate change, says Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani...

    Chairing a meeting of the Balo­chistan Environmental Protection Council (BEPC) on Monday, he said: “Balochistan is already facing serious environmental issues, particularly water scarcity and drought, thus we need to come up with concrete measures, besides...

  • Sindh govt to spend over Rs1bn to address environmental issues

    KARACHI: The Sindh government has set an ambitious target for 2021-22 to address the growing challenge of environmental issues, setting aside more than a billion rupees for that purpose — the highest-ever budget for the area in the province’s history — with focus on sewage treatment plants in major cities and urban foresting to cover 2,000 acres in and around cities and towns of the province...

    However, his Adviser on Law,...

  • Environmental damage in Islamabad is ‘irreversible’

    ISLAMABAD: Flagrant violation of Islamabad’s Master Plan and laws over the years has irreversibly degraded its verdant environment; a commission looking into the decay of the once green city was told on Wednesday...

    “We know the problems and the laws, but this commission cannot answer why suggestions from similar public hearings and directions from courts have never been implemented,” local PTI MNA Asad Umar told the Islamabad...

  • The high environmental cost of Islamabad's latest metro bus project

    “Is this what you call a public hearing, held in a 5 star hotel? These projects are for the betterment of the public but this is not even a public place!” accused one of the stakeholders and member of an NGO...

    I was attending a public hearing for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report that had been readied for the latest metro bus project connecting the Federal capital with the New Islamabad International Airport...

  • ‘Environmental and economic sustainability’ of CPEC assured

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has assured the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that, together with its Chinese partners, it would work to make the gigantic China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) undertaking “environmentally and economically sustainable”...

    “We know that some quarters are raising voices about the potential environmental impacts of the CPEC...

  • Pak-China corridor project yet to clear its environmental and social costs

    ISLAMABAD: Enthusiasm for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project in the official circles apart, the Pakistan Environment Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) is still reluctant to give environmental clearance to the multi-billion dollar and multi-faceted project...

    Documents seen and Pak-EPA sources Dawn talked to say that the developers of CPEC have to explain their plans to the agency to minimize the impact the execution of the...

  • Islamabad and Rawalpindi: Twin cities on red alert

    RAWALPINDI: Security in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad has been put on a ‘red alert’ as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives on a two-day official visit on Monday...

    Army, Rangers and police personnel have been deployed on the rooftops of buildings along the route of the visiting dignitary from the airport to the federal capital...

  • Despite needed appointments, environmental tribunal yet to begin functioning

    KARACHI: The Sindh Environmental Tribunal, set up to hear complaints about pollution, has yet to start functioning even though the much-delayed appointment of its chairman and members had been made over three months ago, it emerged on Tuesday...

    Since the environment has become a provincial subject after the 18th constitutional amendment, the Sindh government set up the tribunal in April 2015 under Section 25 of the Sindh...

  • Environmental problems claimed 45,000 lives in Sindh in 2009

    ISLAMABAD: A World Bank (WB) analysis estimates that 45,000 people died prematurely in 2009 in Sindh from major environmental health hazards, and its economic impact in terms of GDP was 15 per cent of Sindh’s GDP, with an annual cost of about Rs372 billion...

    The analysis is contained in a new publication ‘Sustainability and Poverty Alleviation: Confronting Environmental Threats in Sindh’...

  • Green buildings: Minimising environmental impact

    Green buildings, also known as sustainable, energy efficient and smart buildings, are built with the aim to minimise environmental impacts, emitting none or very little amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) and reaping maximum environmental, social and economic benefits...

    Generally, the direct and indirect benefits associated with green buildings include: reduced energy consumptions, increased water use efficiency, lower environmental...

  • Untreated sewage released into drains, streams causing environmental pollution

    Sewage from Rawalpindi city, including from private housing societies and residential and commercial units, is discharged into the Korang and Soan rivers without being treated, causing environmental pollution in the area...

    Islamabad also discharges 100 cusecs of sewage into Leh Nullah every day that has not been treated at a sewage treatment plant, causing additional pollution in Rawalpindi city...

  • NYC mayor unveils environmental plan on Earth Day

    Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his sweeping OneNYC plan, which includes an overhaul of the city’s recycling programme, incentives to reduce waste and tacit support for the City Council’s plan to dramatically reduce the use of plastic shopping bags...

    De Blasio is rebranding it OneNYC and widening its scope, linking it to the signature cause of his administration: combating income inequality...

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