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Wardens directed to focus on positive traffic culture

Regional Police Officer (RPO) Nasir Khan Durrani on Tuesday directed the traffic wardens to focus on promoting positive traffic culture.

Pakistan turns to China to modernise railways

Pakistan and China have agreed to cooperate for modernization of Pakistan Railways network, DawnNews quoted Railways Minister Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour as saying.

Quetta Clean Air Coordination Committee

21 July 2009, IUCN Balochistan Programme Office - Quetta

500 CNG buses project ‘ready to kick off’

All the homework with regard to plying 500 CNG buses in the city has been completed, Sindh Local Government (LG) Minister Agha Siraj Durani informed the Sindh Assembly recently. By By Imtiaz Ali

Air of big cities unhealthy

The air quality of the federal capital and two provincial capitals i.e. Lahore and Karachi is unhealthy for the citizens, revealed Economic Survey of Pakistan (ESP) here Thursday. By By Ali Raza

Karachi badly needs cycling, pedestrian tracks

To concept of nonmotorized transport, mainly based on cycling and walking, is gaining popularity in the whole world. Recently, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has decided to construct some 580 kilometers of cycling and walking tracks on various Dubai roads in a bid to encourage people cover short distances without using private cars.

Editorial: Climate change

When Dr R.K. Pachauri speaks it would be folly not to listen.

All uplift plans to factor the issue: Prime Minister

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani Tuesday said the government realises the serious implications of climate change on environment and the economy. By Asim Yasin & Muhammad Qasim

Combating climate change priority: PM

The government realises the serious implications of climate change on the economy and environment and combating climate change was its one of top priorities, said Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday.

Climate change effects to hit Pakistan hard: IPCC chief

Pakistan is among the countries which will be hit hardest by effects of climate change even though it contributes only a fraction to global warming. By Jamal Shahid

Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities for South Asia

13-14 January 2009, Islamabad Pakistan

Development: New growth strategies

While trying to make energy use more efficient and more cost effective, it is vital that the issue of equitable access not be ignored. There is no significant trade-off between climate change mitigation and energy access for the poorest

Public transportation continues to deteriorate

The winter has arrived but still there are buses plying with broken windows and missing wind shields.

Climate Change and Air Pollution Linkages

A four-day training course titled “Addressing Climate Change through Better Air Quality Management’” has been organized by Pak EPA in collaboration with Pakistan Clean Air Network, IUCN Pakistan and Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities Centre. The course will be underway from October 20-23, 2008.

Rapid Mass Transit System: Firms to conduct feasibility study in first week of Oct

The consultancies hired by Capital Development Authority (CDA) for conducting feasibility study on the twin cities Rapid Mass Transit System (RMTS) will start work in the first week of next month. By Fazal Sher

Enrique Penalosa and the civilised city

Enrique Penalosa, the former mayor of the Colombian capital of Bogota, will be visiting Pakistan under the auspices of the Clinton Climate Initiative this week. He will be addressing gatherings of senior government officials, policymakers and civil society in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. By Ahmad Rafay Alam

A different vision for Urban Development and Mobility

Dr. Enrique Peñalosa, former mayor of Bogota, a world-renowned urban strategist visiting Islamabad to deliver distinguished lecture

Urban transport still most neglected sector in Karachi

The largest city of Pakistan is the most neglected mega-city in the world, in terms of urban public transport systems and the basic reason for this is the government’s apathetic attitude towards the revival and expansion of the surface rail-based urban transport public system, the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR).

Open manholes threat to pedestrians

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is turning a blind eye to dozens of lidless manholes posing threat to residents that may lead to fatal incident.

Noise levels driving Lahoris crazy

Noise pollution in the city is on the rise with most residents complaining that the noise is becoming a public nuisance. By Abdul Manan

Oil: cutting demand is the way out

In underlining the concerns of the developing countries over high oil prices and roundly berating speculators for pushing them up, India's Finance Minister P Chidambaram made right noises at the Global Energy Dialogue in Jeddah on June 22. By Virendra Parekh (India Monitor)

An electrifying transport solution

Besides poverty and squalor, what all South Asian cities have in common is a highly congested, heavily polluted, chaotic and unsafe transportation system. Poor urban transport is lowering the quality of life in at least three ways, besides contributing massively to climate change—the gravest threat humanity faces today. By Praful Bidwai

Facing urban congestion

Traffic congestion is a universal constant. What isn’t, on the other hand, is the many ways traffic congestion and transport problems are perceived and tackled. By Ahmad Rafay Alam

Transport Asia 2009 Exhibition

28-30 March 2009, Karachi, Pakistan

ADB and CDGK to start bus rapid transit system

A new concept in urban transport systems is in the offing as the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has allocated US$ 223 million for the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), to be launched in collaboration with the City District Government Karachi (CDGK). The BRTS would facilitate the transportation of at least 20,000 passengers on a persons-per-hour-per-direction basis. By Irfan Aligi

Mass Transit System only solution to transport problems

City Nazim, Syed Mustafa Kamal, has said that the Mass Transit System (MTS) was the only permanent solution of the transport problems in the city on which initial work will begin this year while a bus rapid system will also be worked out from April with the cooperation of the Asian Development Bank.

Technical Advisory Panel on Climate Change launched

Climate Change poses serious security threats for Pakistan

CDA shortlists three firms for Rapid Mass Transit project

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has short-listed three international consultant firms for a feasibility study of Rapid Mass Transit System (RMTS) between Rawalpindi and Islamabad, a senior official of CDA Planning Wing told Daily Times.

Seminar on Aerosol & Environmental Impacts at Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry

13 December 2007, Lahore, Pakistan

Pollution and Long-Term Environmental Degradation: Impediments to Pakistan’s Growth

A few weeks ago I organized an academic panel discussion on global climate change and the impact on Pakistan. The speakers were leaders in the field of climate change and sustainable development, and provided a crisp account of the short and long term threats that developing countries such as Pakistan faced in the wake of rapidly increasing air and noise pollution as well as long term weather & climate related ecological changes. By Bilal Zuberi

Pakistan: Strategic Country Environmental Assessment (SCEA)

World Bank / Ministry of Environment-National Stakeholder Conference Document

Greening our cities

With growing urbanisation rates, Pakistan will have to contend with the challenge faced by our cities immediately. By Saleem H. Ali

Traffic mess cannot be cleared overnight, says Nazim

The city government cannot solve traffic problems alone; it requires the participation of the concerned agencies and the public as well. "The chaotic situation we see today is the result of mismanagement and negligence of six decades, therefore, this mess cannot be cleared overnight," said City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal.

Surviving the ban

Nadeem Khan, owner of a two-stroke three-wheeler, is worried these days. He is not sure if he will be able to replace his rickshaw with a new four-stroke CNG-fitted one when the ban on two-stroke comes into force by December this year.

Rickshaws go green

Rabail Qadeer Baig explores the possibilities of turning auto-rickshaws from noisy pollution machines to eco-friendly modes of transport

Air pollution causes more than 22,000 deaths annually

Air pollution causes the death of more than 22,000 adults and 700 children in Pakistan every year in addition to a loss of Rs 365 billion to the country’s economy annually, says a report.

Pakistan tops in Asia with 1,450 CNG stations

Pakistan has become the first in Asia and third in world after Argentina and Brazil in terms of housing over 1,450 CNG stations while 1,000 more are under construction and the sector has attracted investment of Rs60 billion creating 60,000 jobs across the county, reveals the Economic Survey launched here on Friday.

CNG buses to hit roads this month

City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal has said that new CNG buses will start plying by this month under the project to induct 8,000 environment-friendly buses in Karachi.

Address climate change urgently

If the government and concerned departments do not take solid steps to combat global warming by adopting environment-friendly polices, the winters will become shorter and it is likely that future tropical cyclones will become more intense, the IUCN (The World Conservation Union) warned.

Smoke in Air

More than 80 percent of air pollutants in Lahore are generated by diesel buses, two-stroke rickshaws and broken roads, Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Deputy Director Naseemur Rehman Shah told Daily Times on Sunday. By Mansab Dogar

Environment tribunal not satisfied with EPA work

The Environmental Protection Tribunal (EPT) is not satisfied with the performance of the Environment Protection Agency on the issue of discharge of hazardous effluent from major industrial units, according to sources

Govt plan sanction against polluters

Like elsewhere in the world, the World Environment Day was observed in the city with a pledge to do away with all those practices harming our environment.

Industries urged to fund global warming research

Due to the ever-increasing global warming, the South Asian region is experiencing on average 1 to 2 degrees centigrade rise in temperature with much reduced rainfall. By Khawar Ghumman

Indigenous pollution control devices

The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) has urged academia to work on indigenous manufacturing of pollution control devices, efficient in working and competitive in prices to encourage industries for its installation.

Air pollution levels in Pakistan high

Pakistan’s air pollution levels on the rise (by S Raza Hassan)

Development Partners Coordination Meeting for Clean Air

15 September 2006, Islamabad, Pakistan

6% GDP loss from environmental degradation in Pakistan: minister

Pakistani Minister of State for Environment Malik Amin Aslam said on Wednesday that almost 6 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP) is being lost due to environmental degradation.

National Workshop on Urban Air Quality and Integrated Traffic Management

Press release

National Workshop on Urban Air Quality Management and Integrated Traffic Management

13-14 September 2006, Karachi, Pakistan

Human Activities and Climate Change

Speech delivered by Mohammad Aqib of PCAN during the technical session of Earth Day summit organized by "Korangi Association of Trade & Industry (KATI)" on 22 April 2006, Karachi.

PCAN Presentation at the National Forum for Environment and Health

Mohammad Aqib, Coordinator for the Pakistan Clean Air Network (PCAN) gave a presentation on CAI-Asia and PCAN at the National Forum on Environment and Health.

Government of Karachi establishes the 'Clean Air Coordination Committee'

by Ahmad Saeed, IUCN Pakistan

Lahore - Action Plan for Controlling Vehicular Pollution

Seminar organized by the City District Government of Lahore. Over 100 participants attended including the transport unions, two-stroke rickshaw manufacturers, and representatives from WHO and IUCN. (11 February 2005)

Prenatal Exposure to Wood Fuel Smoke and Low Birth Weight (2008)

Environmental Health Perspectives Volume 116, Number 4, April 2008

Role of the Pakistan Environmental Law Association in Strengthening the Environmental Laws in Pakistan

Brief introduction about Pakistan Environmental Law Association (“PELA”) and a summary of its First Annual Seminar held in 2004 by Jawad Hassan, LL.M. Hassan & Hassan (Advocates)

Pakistan Clean Air Network (PCAN) E-Newsletter

Compiled by Mohammad Aqib, PCAN

Environmental health: Lead exposure and its impacts on children

Lead can damage brain and nervous system and lead exposure can cause learning disabilities, intellectual retardation, hearing loss, speech, language, difficulty in concentrating and staying focused and propensity to violence and other serious health effects in children (Dr. Mahmood A. Khwaja)

SUPARCO Request for Proposals for Impact Assessment of Air Pollution and Fog/Haze/Smog on Agriculture

Air Quality Management (AQM) Training Course in Pakistan

Addressing climate change through better AQM. By Muhammad Aqib Uddin, Country Network Coordinator, Pakistan Clean Air Network

Establishing Quetta Clean Air Coordination Committee

Institutionalizing Air Quality Management (AQM), by streamlining the activities of relevant stakeholders to improve air quality in Quetta District. By Muhammad Aqib Uddin, Country Network Coordinator, Pakistan Clean Air Network

Increasing air pollution causing respiratory diseases in Pakistan

Air pollution is a broad term that refers to any chemical, physical (particulate matter), or biological agent that modifies the natural characteristics of the atmosphere — a complex, dynamic, natural gaseous system that is essential to support life on planet Earth. By Dr Athar Khan and Prof Saraphine Salik

City presents gloomy picture on World Environment Day

Karachiites are celebrating world environment day with the rest of the world against the backdrop of chopping down of different trees in large numbers, which is increasing the pollution level in the city. By Qadeer Tanoli

Events in 2008
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Transport Asia 2009 Exhibition28-30 March 2009, Karachi, Pakistan

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