By Darryl D’Monte*
COPENHAGEN, Dec 18 (IPS/TerraViva) – People living in the Himalayan region are increasingly confronted by rising temperatures and glaciers melting at an unprecedented rate, threatening their very survival. This much the world already knows.
Yet, experts say, there is still no accurate and reliable data on the Himalayan glaciers and many aspects of its ecosystem, which should facilitate determining mitigation measures addressing current and future impacts of climate change on the Himalayas. Continue reading
Shame on all of them-YLH
CLIMATE CHANGE: “Canada Is the Dinosaur”
Source: Inter Press Service
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Stephen Leahy* – IPS/TerraViva
COPENHAGEN, Dec 17 (IPS) – Canada bears a large share of responsibility for any failure to make a breakthrough in reducing greenhouse gas emissions here in Copenhagen, say participants and civil society activists. Canada is the only country to ignore its international obligations under the previous Kyoto climate treaty. It has blocked all attempts to get a new treaty to significantly cut carbon emissions, the activists and delegates from other countries charge. Continue reading
The destruction of Lahore’s environment is a trend that needs to be reversed, says Raza Rumi:
Moaning about Lahore’s most elitist enclave, GOR-I, is a contentious undertaking. On the one hand, it was, until recently, the best of what the British left us – lovingly adorned with diverse species of trees, home to glorious specimens of ecologically-friendly architecture and an old-world-charm unparalleled for its simplicity and elegance. On the other hand, it was also a symbol of the extractive, Punjab-centric colonial state of the nineteenth century, lorded over by the agents of the Indian civil service. Continue reading
By Ahmad Rafay Alam
The Lahore Development Authority placed advertisements in national dailies this week of its intention to widen the Canal Bank Road. The decision is another example of how people with good intentions but no relevant experience can lead a city down a path to disaster.
Lahore hit headlines last week, but for altogether the wrong reasons. It is now the most polluted city in the country. The emissions from industry and automobiles have rendered its air un-breathable. It has no waste-treatment plant, so all the raw sewage it produces is happily tossed into the River Ravi. And in the next twenty years, expect its population and size to double.
Now here is something else to be proud about our Republic. We’ve set the all time record for tree planting in the world. My appeal to everyone reading this is to plant atleast 10 trees this year. Remember we have a very bad de-forestation problem in Pakistan and must work on all fronts to leave a Pakistan that is worth having for our children and our children’s children. From the BBC:
A team of volunteers in Pakistan has set a new world record by planting more than half a million trees in one day.
Guinness World Records confirmed that 541,176 trees had been planted in the southern province of Sindh on 15 July.
Some 300 volunteers, working in groups, planted mangrove saplings in the 750 acres of the Indus river delta region. Continue reading
Lahore Bachao Press Conference tomorrow 17 July 2009 at 5pm at the Lahore Press Club
The Lahore Bachao Tehreek will be holding a press conference at the Lahore Press Club at 5pm tomorrow Friday 17 July 2009. LBT will be issuing a press statement against the LDA’s proposed commercialization of 58 roads in Lahore. It will also address the recent news that the Chief Minister of Punjab has directed that the Canal Bank Road widening project be re-examined. Continue reading