|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.
|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.
|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
|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.
|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
|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.
|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
|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.
|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.
|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
|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
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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)
|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