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  • Watering the maritime desert

    “Karachi has been recognised as a maritime desert,” explains Rafiul Haq, an ecologist by profession and founder member of Coastal Restoration Alliance for Biodiversity (CARB)...

    In a city of about 20 million, the endless use of air conditioners, excessive travelling and even eating meat more than we need, is all adding up to a bigger carbon footprint...

  • Solar cars begin race across Australian desert

    SYDNEY: The World Solar Challenge began on Sunday with 42 solar cars crossing Australia’s tropical north to its southern shores, a gruelling 3,000 km race through the outback...

    The race from the northern city of Darwin to the southern city of Adelaide is expected to take a week for most cars, with speeds of 90-100 kmh (55-62 mph) powered only by the sun...

  • Women march through desert for Israeli-Palestinian peace

    JORDAN RIVER: Thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women trekked through a biblical desert landscape on Sunday, converging on the shores of the Jordan River in a march for peace...

    The women, many of them dressed in white, descended through the arid hills leading to the river, where they erected a “peace tent” named for Hagar and Sarah, scriptural mothers of Ishmael and Isaac, the half-brother patriarchs of Muslims and Jews...

  • Parched Jordan starts growing vegetables in desert

    AQABA: Jordan, a water-poor country that is 90-per cent desert, on Thursday launched a project to turn its sand dunes into farming land to produce food using sun and sea water...

    King Abdullah II and Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon attended a ceremony to mark the official opening of the “Sahara Forest Project” near the southern port city of Aqaba...

  • Morocco tourists make tracks on 007’s ‘desert express’

    BOUARFA: Edouard Kunz knows timekeeping is important but the former Swiss watch precision mechanic admits that James Bond’s Oriental Desert Express in remote eastern Morocco never runs on schedule...

    The train, made famous in the 2015 Bond movie Spectre, trundles tourists between the town of Oujda and the former mining city of Bouarfa along a 350-kilometre-long stretch of desert...

  • Little springs in the desert

    KARACHI: Zubair Ali, Adil Ali and Mohammad Haseeb are three friends living in the same apartment building behind Cantonment Railway Station...

    This Muharram they decided to set up a sabeel on the footpath outside their building’s main gate...

  • Oman counts on Chinese billions to build desert boomtown

    DUQM: In the remote desert along Oman’s southern coast, construction machines hired by a Chinese consortium are levelling an expanse of pale orange sand — a first step towards billions of dollars of investment...

    Over the past year the Chinese have become key to Oman’s effort to transform Duqm, a fishing village 550 km (345 miles) south of Muscat, into an industrial centre that will help the country diversify its economy beyond oil...

  • In desert of Oman, a gateway to life on Mars

    DHOFAR: In sunglasses and jumpsuits, a crew of European test astronauts is laying the groundwork for a Mars simulation in the barren expanse of the Omani desert, a terrestrial mission intended to pave the way to the red planet...

    The “analogue astronauts” of the Austrian Space Forum — a volunteer-based collective — have arrived in Oman to begin preparations for a four-week simulation mission due to begin next year...

  • Rangers DG visits desert check posts

    LAHORE: Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) Director General Maj-Gen Umer Farooq Burki on Thursday visited frontline check posts of Desert Rangers, Bahawalpur...

    According to a news release issued by Rangers’ spokesman, the director general was visiting the Desert Rangers headquarters for the third time...

  • Desert rose

    As a result of strong winds and cattle movement from the dunes down to fields, sand is occupying and encroaching on cultivable land...

    Is there any tree, shrub or herb which can be grown on sand dunes to block the wind and prevent erosion...

  • 18 migrants found dead in Niger’s desert

    GENEVA: The bodies of 18 west African migrants hoping to reach Europe have been found in the Sahara desert near Arlit in Niger, the International Organisation for Migration said on Sunday...

    The discovery of the group, who died of dehydration, offers a rare glimpse of what migration experts say is a hidden tragedy in the Sahara...

  • Qatar builds dairy industry in desert to ensure self-sufficiency in milk

    UMM HAWAYA: Deep in the Qatari desert, a herd of cows stands in a vast shed, cooled by fans and jets of mist — each animal a key player in a plan to defy a trade boycott and make the kingdom self-sufficient in milk by next year...

    The black and white Holstein cattle are among the first members of a 14,000-strong herd that farming company Baladna is expecting to build up in coming months, its chief executive John Dore told Reuters in...

  • Romance of Sindhudesh fast fading away as workers desert nationalism

    BADIN: The romance of separatism and creation of ‘Sindhudesh’, an ideal state envisioned by father of Sindhi nationalism G...

    Many think the ongoing crackdown by law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) against the activists of different factions of Jeay Sindh Mahaz, which was founded by Syed in 1972 to create an ‘independent homeland’ for Sindhis, is wracking their nerves and forcing them to quit nationalism...

  • LANDSCAPES: A MIRACLE IN THE DESERT

    Thar is the only fertile desert in the world so recent rains in the area, after a continuous low spell of rainfall since 2011, are a momentous occasion...

    Many farmers are busy growing crops in the desert, herders have returned to Thar and the transformation of the desert from its arid landscape to lush greenness is a sight to behold...

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