Azal Zahir

  • T31st October was marked in 2014 by the U.N as World Cities Day. This was done so to create awareness about global urban expansion and the aggressive need to challenge uninhibited growth. Climate change is attributed to colossal amounts of fossil fuel combustion, deforestation, agriculture, meat ...

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  • TIf heaven has an abode, it is in Gilgit Baltistan. If heaven is a desert and has a river running through it, it is Skardu. Expansive valleys carpeted with white silt, surrounded by gargantuan, barren mountains. Clear water that allows you to see through to the depths of the lake, and trees bearing ...

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  • TPerhaps it was our parents’ generation that were the last to really play ‘outside’ as children, in the fields around them or the natural landscapes of where they were residents. Like Scout, in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, where learning and curiosity was taken into the ...

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  • TEvery day the average Pakistani suffers from severe stomach aches, diarrhoea, food poisoning, heart burn, irritable bowel syndrome or acidity. Up to 125,000 children die of diarrhoea every year before their 5th birthday in the country. A lot of these health issues come from the foods we consume ...

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  • TOur feathered friends are usually the first to experience changes in the environment and have for centuries been made use of as indicators for these changes. In old tradition, observing birds and knowing them was prestigious. They were, even then, used as important indicators. In many cultures, ...

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  • TWith the world working towards an effort to limit global greenhouse gas emissions to prevent irrevocable damage from an increase in global temperatures by 2 degrees centigrade, expansion in renewable energy has become all the more crucial. However, the need for renewable energy is no longer ...

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  • TAs part of the United Nations collaborative planning on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD) a new mechanism has been initiated that involves paying cash credit to developing countries that protect forests and the carbon stored within them. ...

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  • TEvery year it seems, Lahore is experiencing prolonged summers, with a shorter and milder winter. As of now, we should have been well into the use of our shawls and sweaters, and have hushed, gentle mists suspended over the city and landscape. However, citizens remain perplexed. Summers have not ...

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  • TWe are not contributors toward air pollution but rather its victims. Most of the smog you see here is coming from India”, indubitably postulates our Punjab Environment Protection Agency (PEPA) official. The hilarity that is this statement is beyond comprehensible. The ease with which ...

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