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Navigate the heat

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.

Hydration is key

The most important thing is to keep yourself properly hydrated throughout the day. Take fluids at regular intervals, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Carry a water bottle with you and if it is going to be a long day outdoors, use a wet towel around your head and neck to keep your body temperature normal. An alternative is to regularly splash your face with water.

What not to drink

We are as crazy about our chai as we are about cricket. If you haven’t been living under a rock, you have had your two cents on the recent coca-cola vs chai war! Despite our love equation with chai, it is advisable to cut down on your caffeine and not use it as a ‘fluid for hydration’, especially if you have to be stay outdoors in this heat. Similarly, avoid fluids with artificial ingredients in them. Opting for lemonade or juice, make sure its fresh otherwise just stick with water.

How food can help

To start off eat small meals and increase the number of meals that you take during the span of a day. This ensures that your body gets a balanced nutrition. Add fruits and vegetables to your diet and avoid greasy and junk food.

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Tofiq Pasha Mooraj – A Life Fueled with the Passion for Nature

By Fatima Arif

Tofiq Pasha Mooraj, is commonly recognized for his television shows Bagh Baani, Kitchen Garden and Go Camping with Pasha. However, there is a whole range of things that he has been involved in. If one has to sum up his forty plus years of work, it can be said that he has dedicated his life for a better and sustainable tomorrow. Despite all that he has done and continues to do, he has personally never called himself ‘an environmentalist’. Continue reading

Paperless or Not?

© Sana Ahmed / WWF-Pakistan

© Sana Ahmed / WWF-Pakistan

Paper books, once a very generic term now gauges a variety of reactions. For some people it might be a redundant word reminiscing the luxury of reading news in the old days, while for others it might be an essential part of their day. Even in this day and age books have always been and are still a familiar item. They have at one point or another played a pivotal part in every one of our lives. Whether it is a work of fiction, history of lost civilizations, an article detailing the socio-economic and political condition of a country or a biography of a famous personality, we crave it. Especially with the advancements in technology and changing times, books may have shifted in their mediums but have still not lost their appeal.

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The Right Based Approach

DSC04134It is the World Environment Day, the year is 2008 and WWF-Pakistan, a nature conservation organization is celebrating the day with different schools and Hong Kong Shanghai Bank (HSBC) at the Wetland Centre. The participants wait eagerly in the conference room for the presentation to commence; the spirits are elated ideally with an appetite for the plantation of mangroves, a plant commonly found in the coastal region of the Indus delta. Continue reading

Green Office for a Greener Future

By: Syed Muhammad Abubakar

Published on Saturday, May 10, 2014

Picture1We are all responsible for consuming natural resources in our office and home environments alike, over consumption of paper, wasteful consumption of electricity, excessive use of fuels, extensive travel and huge amounts of waste generation as if our resources are infinite. These actions are leading to the Earth’s rising temperature, melting of glaciers, forest fires and flash floods. Heading towards the deadly phenomena, climate change.

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