Wildlife survival at risk by rising anthropogenic activities

STAFF REPORT ISB: World Wildlife Conservation Day has recently celebrated at the Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PNH) in Islamabad.

Prof. Dr. Qasim Jan, former VC QAU and Advisor COMSTECH, was the chief guest on this occasion.

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The event was jointly organised by Ministry of Science and Technology, Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), PMNH, US Embassy Islamabad, and Snow Leopard Foundation (SLF).

Dr. Qasim said that due to anthropogenic activities, wildlife populations have diminishing dramatically in Pakistan for the last over four decades, as natural habitats are continuously being fragmented and degraded.

It is feared that Pakistan is experiencing the worlds second highest rate of deforestation and the country is losing its rangelands, forests, freshwaters and marine ecosystems at an alarming rate, he maintained.

On the occasion, Akhter Javed, DG PMNH, read message of PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Khalil Ibupoto. Dr. Ibupoto said, “In spite of uncountable services provided by wildlife to mankind, surprisingly it is the man itself who is responsible for destroying wildlife and its natural habitats.

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Climate change caused Indus Valley civilisation collapse

STAFF REPORT ISB: A study has confirmed that the Bronze Age Indus Valley Civilization which in its heyday spanned across present day India and Pakistan declined due to climate change.

Renowned scientists from the University of Cambridge have found evidence from Meghalaya, Oman and the Arabian Sea to provide strongly demonstrating that an abrupt weakening of the summer monsoon affected northwest India as many as 4,100 years ago.

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The resulting drought coincided with the beginning of the decline of the metropolis-building Indus Civilization suggesting that climate change could be why many of its major cities were abandoned.

The multidisciplinary project hopes to provide new understanding of the relationships between humans and their environment and also involves researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Oxford.

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