Start discussing environmental issues with someone who is not part of the subject and the discussion is usually going to end with the statement that we have far worse issues to deal with and giving priority to environmental issues is the problem of the first world. This is far from the truth. In fact climate change is a human rights issue and it is time that we own it. According to German Watch Climate Risk Index 2015, Pakistan is the 6th most affected county by climate change.
Monitor lizards derive their names from the word ‘monitor’ as they tend to stand on their hind legs and scout the area for any predators, thus it should not be a surprising element to the sighting of a monitor lizard standing on its hind legs. However, it does give rise to curiosity and makes the moment rare enough to be spotted on the exact same time to be able to locate and position to take a clear shot from a camera. The occasion is bound to be filled with adrenaline rush and amazement making it a wildlife moment for me, and to able to document it in my wildlife diaries is a rare moment. Continue reading
It 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
WWF’s Living Planet Report, released every two years, presents science-based analysis on the health of our planet and our impact on it. Continue reading
Published on 14 December 2014
Pakistan is blessed with a coastline which stretches for 1050km and is home to a number of rare reptiles such as the Olive Ridley, hawksbill, leatherback and green turtles. Of these, all but the green turtle are rarely reported from the area. The green turtle arrives annually on the beaches of Sandspit, Karachi to lay its eggs. These turtles, a gift of nature, not only protect marine life by feeding on harmful algae but also restore the environment’s balance. Continue reading
By: Syed Muhammad Abubakar
Published on Saturday, May 10, 2014
We 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.
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. Continue reading
Published in Young Nation on 28 December 2013
Bears; a beautiful creation of Allah Almighty are a gift of nature. No doubt their gigantic size may frighten many and this might be a prime cause of human-bear conflict but their delicate heart must be seen before threatening them. They never threat humans; in fact humans through their ruthless activities killed them. Moreover, encroachments on their habitats and poaching by hunters have led to a considerable decrease in their population all over the world. Continue reading
Published in The Express Tribune, May 19th, 2014.
Flamingoes are beautiful birds that are also associated with the mythological bird, phoenix. Their thin, long legs, elongated curvy neck and pink plumage are fascinating. It is astounding how they wade through water with their beaks submerged. This curved beak sieves water to collect tiny pieces of food such as algae, which is also their very beauty secret. The ‘carotenoids’ in algae adorn them with the pink plumage. Interestingly, flamingoes are born grey and gradually become pink because of the food. If we eat more watermelons and carrots, we will also show the natural blush! Ladies, we should take inspiration from the wildlife.
Syed Muhammd Abubakar
Published in Young Nation, The Nation on May 17 2014
Tourism being the world’s largest business is sustaining life of millions on Earth. Pakistan hosts rich biodiversity and landscapes which attracts tourists from across the world to discover the beautiful Himalayas and explore rivers and seas. Continue reading