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Biting cold weather and dense fog disrupts life in Pakistan

Biting cold weather and dense fog disrupts life

Severe cold and dense fog blankets Islamabad, Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Sahiwal and other plain areas ISLAMABAD – Dense fog disrupted life in several cities, including Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Multan, and Muzzafargarh and other parts of the country. Due to severe cold and dense fog blanket over the province especially in Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Sahiwal and other plain areas, people’s normal ... Read More »

US East Coast struggles to return to normal after epic blizzard kills 25

A woman walks along a street in Philadelphia that is lined on both sides by vehicles encrusted in thick layers of snow Saturday after a blizzard, with hurricane-force winds, brought much of the US East Coast to a standstill, dumping as much as three feet of snow, and stranding tens of thousands of travelers. (AP)

Killer US storm: 25 dead, 12,000 flights axed, 40 inches of snow New York/Washington — Deadly storm Jonas killed at least 25 people and caused untold carnage, blanketing America in 40 inches of snow and leaving hundreds of thousands stranded without power. The blizzard that has paralyzed much of the US East Coast intensified on Saturday, bringing Washington to a standstill ... Read More »

Heavy air pollution closes schools in Tehran

Heavy air pollution closes schools in Tehran

Air pollution in the Iranian capital, Tehran, has reached an alarming level Tehran (IRAN) – Schools across Tehran closed on Sunday and Monday and residents have been warned to stay at home as thick smog of pollution hangs in the air, officials said on Saturday. Esfandyar Chaharband said the decision has been made due to the severe air pollution and ... Read More »

World leaders sign Paris Climate Agreement to end fossil fuels

French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius (C), President-designate of COP21 and Christiana Figueres (L), Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, hold hands as they react during the final plenary session at the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 12, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Agreement will be legally binding and aims to keep global warming ‘well below’ 2 degrees PARIS (France) –  Some two hundred leading nations unanimously embraced a plan that will leave most of the world’s fossil fuels unburned. It is the first time world leaders have adopted a global pact to fight climate change by reducing emissions. Countries will have to publish greenhouse ... Read More »

Youth explore climate change issues through Arts

Student taking selfies with their artworks on Climate Change at at 5th Pakistan Mountain Festival in Islamabad

5th Pakistan Mountain Festival begins in Islamabad Islamabad – An exhibition of as many as 135 oil-on-canvas paintings by the youth from local colleges and universities explore climate change through the arts to create a platform for education and dialogue. The exhibition opened on Tuesday December 8 at the Ibex Club, Lake View Park. A large number of students, environmentalists, art lovers and ... Read More »

Community resilience significant to cope with climate change impact

Fields in the Shigar Valley, Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan. Photo: Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Experts at Climate Change Adaptation seminar urge Government to introduce Climate Smart solutions and facilitate vulnerable communities in disaster risk reduction and adaptation ISLAMABAD – Recurrent floods caused by increased rainfall or GLOF (glacial lake outburst flood) in the Upper Indus Basin (Northern Pakistan) have severely impacted lives and infrastructure of vulnerable communities in recent years. The urgent situation calls for swift ... Read More »

Google-FAO partnership to make remote sensing data efficient and accessible

Google-FAO partnership to make remote sensing data efficient and accessible

Partnership enhances ability to assess changing forest and to estimate greenhouse gas emissions PARIS (France) – Google Maps and FAO have agreed to work closely together to make geospatial tracking and mapping products more accessible, providing a high-technology assist to countries tackling climate change and much greater capacity to experts developing forest and land-use policies. Digital technology tapping into satellite ... Read More »

Music and sports help children recover from Nepal quake

Student and teacher at a school in Nepali village. Photo by Susan Hale Thomas

Nepal’s approach to dealing with children that have suffered through great trauma can set an example for other countries. “Playing games and singing songs bring smiles back on the faces of terrified children who were otherwise too scared to come to school.” By Sana Jamal (for Crisis Response Journal) KATHMANDU, (Nepal) – The crumbled buildings and big cracks in the walls ... Read More »

Beijing hits highest air pollution alert of 2015

Beijing hits highest air pollution alert of 2015

Beijing’s residents have been advised to stay indoors after air pollution in the Chinese capital reached hazardous levels. BEIJING (China) – Last night, Beijing’s pollution level was taken up a notch to “orange,” from the original “yellow” classification by the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, according to Travel China. This is the second-highest air pollution warning level, with “red” coming next. Air pollution ... Read More »

World leaders due in Paris for COP21 Climate Change Summit

World leaders due in Paris for COP21 Climate Change Summit

PARIS (France) – Around 150 world leaders are expected to descend on Paris for the U.N. climate change summit that starts Monday in the French capital with the aim of reaching a landmark global deal on limiting greenhouse gas emissions. The leaders of the United States, China and India — the world’s top three carbon-emitting countries — are among those scheduled to ... Read More »

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