Climate change evaporating water resources


STAFF REPORT ISB: Climate change poses a greater security threat than terrorism because it can affect temperatures, the environment, the economy and the future policies of the country. Moreover, 70 to 80 per cent of Pakistan’s water from glaciers, but in the next 30 to 40 years, there, may be no more water in the Indus River because the glaciers will have all melted.
"Pakistan is 135th among carbon emitting countries and contributed only 0.8 per cent to global carbon emissions.

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Best tapping the energy resources




With the advent of winter especially progressive and prosperous nations have their own agendas; shopping for the new season, resetting their home interiors, warm clothing, and so on and so forth. On the other hand, in Pakistan, the agenda is the one and the same, prepare for the misery that lies forth the whole three or four months. Television campaigns will start conveying the message to warm yourselves up with warm clothes, dry fruits, rubbing your hands together, constant rocking and

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MDT, FAST to create a hybrid pool of resources




STAFF REPORT ISB: Media Development Trust and FAST – National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, have signed an MoU to develop initiatives for development, empowerment and mainstreaming research in Pakistan.
The MoU was signed at the School of Management at FAST. Adil Amin Kazi, Head of Department, School of Management, FAST, and Amir Jahangir President Media Development Trust signed the document.
On this occasion President Media Development Trust (MDT) and CEO Mishal

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Tapping renewable energy resources needed


STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan has enormous resources of renewable and non-renewable energy sources. One of the largest coal fields in Pakistan has reserves of more than 175 billion tons exceeding those in some major oil generating countries.

Pakistan has a great potential for wind energy yet power generation using wind energy is still in the initial stages. About 100,000MW of energy can be generated using solar sources and 41,000-45,000MW through hydel power generation. Despite all these

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Plant-based natural dye resources of KPK


NATURAL DYES are derived from natural resources such as plants, insects, animals and minerals. These colours are exhibited by naturally occurring organic and inorganic molecules commonly called as pigments and their mixtures are due to the absorption of light in the visible region of 400-800 nm. From ancient times, natural dyes have been used as dying agents for wool, cotton, food, hair, nails, etc. However, with the advent of synthetic dyes the use of natural dyes was limited. This was

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Local resources optimal use to strengthen South-South cooperation


STAFF REPORT ISLAMABAD: A strong resolve prevailed during a recently held COMSTATS seminar to strengthen South-South cooperation ties among the developing countries and optimally utilize the mechanism of South-South cooperation, which has emerged as an important part of the global development agenda. Strategies, in this regard, need to be re-assessed and future goals updated, in addition to work out practicable solutions adaptive towards indigenous requirements as well as making focused

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WWF, IFRO join h and s for marine resources conservation


STAFF REPORT IBD: World Wide Fund for Nature – Pakistan (WWF – Pakistan) and Iranian Fisheries Research Organisation (IFRO) have signed an agreement to jointly extend technical and institutional support for development and conservation of marine resources in eco-region of North Arabian Sea.

"Agreement with the IFRO is aimed at managing marine resources efficiently and adopting standard practices," said an official of the Fund adding the IFRO is the lead agency for marine

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Netherl and s to boost coop in alternate energy resources

STAFF REPORT IBD: Netherlands has the technology and expertise to cooperate with Pakistan in solar, wind, coal and bio-mass energy to mitigate its energy woes."Netherlands has access to limited arable land, but due to advanced technology and best practices, it was the second largest exporter of agricultural products in the world," said Robert Dresen, First Secretary/Head Economic Affairs of Netherlands Embassy, while speaking  at the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry.He said

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Exploring resources way to stem energy crisis

STAFF REPORT IBD: Speakers at a seminar were on the same page that the persistent energy crisis in Pakistan can be overcome with adopting well crafted policy of exploring all available options of renewable energy sources.They said this at a national seminar recently arranged by the Renewable and Alternative Energy Association of Pakistan (REAP) and the Department of Mechanical Engineering (DME) of HITEC University.Purpose of the event was to create awareness and awakening of the potential of &

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Prof Dr Akram Shaikh: Man behind the task to digitize information resources at PASTIC

By Team Technology TimesProf Dr M Akram Shaikh is the Director General of PASTIC National Centre, Pakistan Science Foundation. He did his MS in Software Engineering in 2000 from University of Huddersfield (UK), and PhD in 2008 on HEC scholarship from Tsinghua University Beijing, China. Dr Akram is also a member of HEC National Curriculum Committee, PEC Accreditation Committee and Board of Studies Committees of various universities. In a detailed interview with Technology Times he shared his

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Depleting fish resources and malnutrition


ACCORDING TO reports, Pakistan ranks 50th among the nations whose marine fish resources are most vulnerable due to climate change and ocean acidification as a result of reduced sea water PH and rise in temperature (climatic change) induced by industrial growth and pollution.

This threat is directly related to high CO2 emissions in the environment and unless steps are taken to control it, the people will soon find fish and seafood unable to meet their nutritional requirements.

This

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Water resources in Pak evaporating speedily

STAFF REPORT IBD: With the country slowly slipping down the scarcity benchmark, it will be facing a severe water crisis in coming years, which will also harm the agriculture sector.According to available statistics, the water availability, which stood at 5,300 cubic metres per person per year in 1950, dropped to almost 1,000 cubic metres in 2011, touching the globally set water scarcity level.Experts fear that water availability will further go down in coming years due to massive wastage and

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Climate change impacts on water resources management

WATER IS the primary medium through which climate change impacts ecosystem and people. Managing water resources to ensure a secure supply to growing populations is already a major challenge in many areas of the Asia/Pacific region. Glaciers melt in the Himalayas is projected to increase flooding, and rock avalanches and to affect water resources within the next two to three decades.Freshwater availability in Central, South, East and South-East Asia, particularly in large river basin, is

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Water resources allocation may down next fiscal year

STAFF REPORT IBD: Funds for developing the all-important water resources have shrunk to about 13 per cent of total development budget for 2012-13 and this comes at a time when the country is going to enter the ranks of water-scarce countries with a significant gap between demand and supply.According to statistics, over the past five years, allocation for water resources has remained between 16 per cent and 20 per cent of the development budget, but for upcoming fiscal year 2012-13 the allocation

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Pakistan fish, shrimp resources on the decline

STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan is fast losing the fish resources as several species of fishes and shrimps have started disappearing especially along the country’s coasts, reveal fresh surveys conducted to assess the resources the country used to possess several year back."Pakistan’s fish stocks are depleting at a rate of 15 per cent a year. Local fishermen, and not the deep-sea fishing trawlers, are responsible for devastating fishery resources as they used nets of small mesh size, taking

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Conference highlights vitality of alternate energy resources

STAFF REPORT LHR: The alternate energy sources in Pakistan need to be utilized in order to meet the demand of the country. Pakistan is amongst the countries that divert the maximum amount of water for irrigation but has the minimum water productivity and researchers need to make their contribution in optimal use of water resources.This was the crux of the speeches delivered at a two-day international conference organized by the Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Engineering, UET, Lahore, in

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Speakers project wheat genetic resources

STAFF REPORT HYB: Speakers at a series of lecture highlighted the importance of wheat breeding, originof wheat as well as production of synthetic wheat and its dispersal.The speakers said at a lecture organized by the Institute of Plant Sciences University of Sindh on "Wheat Genetic Resources and Integrated Science", which was presided over by Dean Faculty of Natural Sciences Dr. Muhammad Tahir Rajput.Noted wheat scientist from National Agriculture Research Council (NARC) Islamabad Dr

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