by Faraz Ahmed
Pakistan has been recently in the news for the solar potential it has. In March this year, the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) and World Bank produced the solar map of the country. This was created by drawing data from nine solar data stations and 12 wind masts installed across the country. What it showed it that the country has better solar radiation than even Germany which is the leader in using solar energy for energy consumption. Continue reading
by Fatima Arif
Since the last couple of years, humans have been breaking the wrong kind of record; the rising temperature record! Each passing year is declared the hottest year compared to the previous one.
In Pakistan, the current week is expected to be the hottest week by far in the country with temperature raising to 42 degrees in many cities. And this is just April, the traditional summer peak months have yet to show what they have in store for us. Given the current trend, it is safe to predict that the coming months will roast us. Serves us right for still not taking climate change seriously!
It is import to take precautions against the heat as it has a direct impact on our health. Continue reading
© Sadul-Islam / WWF-Pakistan
by Sadul Islam
WWF-Pakistan survey team during its ecological assessment studies found several new species, some of these were new for Sindh, Pakistan and even for science. Striga gesnerioides is one of these species found during the natural vegetation assessment at Thatta district. The species was identified with the help of Dr Surraya Khatoon, Professor of Botany, University of Karachi. Continue reading
Have you ever wondered what the world would be like today if we didn’t believe in the smallest of things? If no one believed in the good people, there would be no kindness in the world. If Abraham Lincoln didn’t believe in abolishing slavery, America would never have had an African American as president in the White House today.
Kamil sahib has a long standing association with the old Walled City of Lahore, even before Walled City Mohalla Baazee started working in the area, for which he is most popularly known for. This chapter started when a local from the old Walled City filed a petition, stating that propertites were being demolished in the area and were being replaced by commercial plazas, damaging his private property which had been in his family since generations. Apparently the Walled City Authority was also not taking any steps against this activity, as per its mandate. As a result the court appointed a three-member committee to investigate the issue on ground and Kamil sahib was one of the members. Continue reading
Kamil Khan Mumtaz, is a practicing architect based in Lahore. He completed his academic training in the field from Architectural Association, School of Architecture London in the 1960s. After completing his academic training he worked in London for two years in the field and then took up the responsibility of an educationist and taught in West Africa before returning to Pakistan to continue his practice and simultaneously pursuing the field of academics as well. Between 1966 and 1975, he taught and then served as the head of the National College of Arts, Lahore.
Climbing plant entwining a European power plug.
It has been only a year since I started to study Environmental Sciences as a major in my undergraduate degree. The crux of my learning in this one year was short and simple – the people of this Earth are taking it for granted. One way or the other, we are almost obtuse to the fact that how negligently we are using Earth’s limited resources. But how the people of this place that we call home can make a difference in creating a world where there is no threat to the sources provided by it? Continue reading
by Zehra Shallwani
The population of Karachi has expanded exponentially over the years. Bearing in mind that rural development has been kept at negligence by governments, coupled with natural and man-made disasters, people have moved from rural to the urban set up for employment purposes. Punjab experiences the same influx, but this once fertile land has been facing water shortage after signing Indus Water Treaty with India. These are just two examples. Other larger cities of Pakistan have experienced urban migration, leading to burdening of limited resources in these city centres. Continue reading
Everyone has their eyes fixed on the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference (COP21) that will be taking place in Paris this December. This is going to be the biggest gathering of the world leaders discussing the crucial issue of climate change faced by – well, everyone on the planet. Continue reading
by Nadia Farooq
The idea of finding fossils always fascinated me as a child; it wasn’t the fossils that spoke to me as much as the idea of finding something that used to be part of the Earth. With time this fascination grew into an interest in all archeological discoveries including species and lost civilizations among other things. I would imagine how life was back then and wondered if people in the future will wonder about our present life. Somehow all this time there was always this voice in my head that these remains/fossils were living things that used to roam the Earth like many such living things today. Continue reading