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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 »

Study on delta ecosystem in Indus River launched

Study on delta ecosystem in Indus River launched

Environmental flows are designed to maintain at least some natural flow variability along river’s length ISLAMABAD (Pakistan) – A latest study has highlighted that main threats to the Indus Delta include reduced freshwater flow, construction of dams and various canals, encroachments, clearing mangroves for agriculture, habitat destruction and pollution. The report titled ‘Indus River: Review of Environmental Flows to Maintain ... Read More »

More than 600,000 people killed due to weather disasters in last 2 decades

Around 90 percent of disasters in the last 20 years have been caused by 6,457 floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events

Weather-related disasters have become more frequent over the last 20 years, claiming more than 600,000 lives, a new UN report claimed on Monday, urging nations to take serious action on climate change. Around 90 percent of disasters in the last 20 years have been caused by 6,457 floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events — and these weather-spawned disasters are ... Read More »

Antarctica may be gaining Ice but Global Warming isn’t over

Antarctica may be gaining but Global Warming isn't over

A new study by NASA published in the Journal of Glaciology says that an increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began 10,000 years ago is currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers. The study by a team led by NASA researcher Jay Zwally produces a surprising and controversial new estimate of large mass gains in ... Read More »

China, France agree on climate compliance checks

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China and France have agreed to include compliance checks in the international climate change agreement that will be negotiated in Paris in December. French President Francois Hollande who is in China to secure China’s commitment to the COP21 conference called it a “historic” step forward. The Paris conference will be attended by at least 80 world leaders including China’s President ... Read More »

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