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Cattle Smmgling:PHC asks officicial to Consult Prime Minister

Earlier, a summary was prepared after KPK Chief Secretary, Ghulam Dastagir, told the Peshawar High Court (PHC) that it was important to ensure that there is no shortage in the province before export of cattle and More>>>

Trouble downstream: Indus Delta ecology harmed by reduced flows

The description provided by Tahir Qureshi, a senior adviser at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), seems too good to be true. On Sindh’s coast, mangroves considered the first line of s More>>>

Water quality lab inaugurated

Different cities so far have 21 water quality testing laboratories. These labs have state of the art equipment and are functional in Lahore, Bahawalpur, Tandojam, Quetta, Peshawar, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Sahiwal and Multan. Some laboratories are also present in Sargodha, Mianwali, D.G. Khan, Nawab Shah, Karachi, Hyderabad, Abbottabad, Muzaffarabad, Dera Ismail Khan, Badin and Lora Lai. Spokesperson of PCRWR Lubna Naheed, said six research and demonstration farms have also been established to conduct  research on various aspects of water resources. It includes More>>>

Falcons seized by customs released

Sindh Wildlife Department released 36 falcons, taken into custody by the    Custom authorities when these were being illegally taken out of the country. Custom men had seized the falcons at Jiwani on just before they were to be smuggled out through the More>>>
World Food Programme (WFP) and Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) are using a specialized analysis technique called ‘Small Area Estimates’ to map poverty More>>>

Wildlife fast losing habitats in ‘Green City’

WThe wildlife in the ‘green city’ is losing its habitat due to growing human     activities and intrusion into their habitats in thick vegetative cover of Margalla Hills. The trekkers, who have firsthand knowledge about wildlife in More>>>

DNA lab in KP remains a pipe dream

 The government of Khyber-Pushtunkhwa planned to set up the DNA laboratory in Peshawar in 2001 after the war against terrorism began, but the plan couldn’t be executed due to unavailability of funding. More>>>

No action against officials over controversial sheep import

The national Ministry of Food Security and Research, under which the Karachi office of the Quarantine Department runs, has so far conducted two inquiries into controversial import More>>>

Move to revive fertilizer industry

After spending over 1.2 billion U.S. dollars on importing over 2.2 million tons of urea, between January 2011 and June 2012, and also offering over 60 billion Pak rupees of subsidy on imported urea, Ministry of More>>>

Bengal Tiger Dies at Zoo

This was the sixth death in Karachi Zoo over the past few months, as only    recently the zoo had witnessed the deaths of a female leopard, a male Chacma baboon, a red deer, a Shetland pony and a nilgai, one after the other, sources More>>>

Hamal lake regulator on verge of collapse

The adviser visited the site after getting a letter from the Project Director of the Right Bank Outfall Drain (RBOD-I) in which the official expressed fear the regulator would collapse at any moment because of increasing More>>>


General masses are direct victims of climate change

Speakers at a seminar on ‘Climate Change: Impacts on Livelihood, Marine and Coastal Resources’ said that local populace is direct victim of climate change and the state has failed to provide required More>>>

Energy crisis hits cotton production

Chairman All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), Ahsan Bashir, said that there is unlimited demand for Pakistani yarn in the global market, but the industry has failed to fulfill demand due to 25 percent capacity closure on account of energy crisis and high mark up. Besides, he added, the surviving units are operating below capacity due to insufficient power and energy supplies.  “Some vested interests have spread false news of a lowered cotton production this year, which has increased raw cotton prices above global prices,” he regretted. This, he added, has forced the More>>>
For the first time in national history, radio collar is being used in Pakistan to monitor movement and activities of common leopard. The World Wide Wildlife-Pakistan (WWF-P) officials told the Dawn that under the More>>>

Climate Change Ministry to Miss Global Event

Officials in the Ministry of Climate Change, in Islamabad, confirmed that the eight to ten member delegation made up of government officials was not allowed to present Pakistan’s case on environmental issues More>>>

Used wind turbines: answer to Sindh’s energy woes?

In compliance with the President’s Directive, the Federal Government is planning to buy second-hand wind turbines from European companies to meet Sindh’s energy needs.  The water and power ministry More>>>

Environment 2012: a year in review

Under the 18th Amendment, the subject of environment and natural ecology, which was under the Concurrent List of the Constitution, was devolved to the provinces. The Concurrent List was abolished and now the word More>>>

Poultry and Dairy Animal Training and Research Center starts at Patoki  

According to the documents available with the Business Recorder, dairy is a promising sector supplying quality food to the human population, earning foreign exchange More>>>

Report on Steps to Control Discharge of Polluted Water

Lahore High Court (LHC) Green Bench member Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah on Friday directed the Ravi River Commission to make public an interim report suggesting measures to control the discharge of polluted More>>>

When Vultures Die, Rabies and Anthrax are Born

The rotting animal carcasses also pollute ground water, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) experts pointed out at a meeting with IUCN member organisation’s national committee. IUCN Asia’s More>>>

Rare Turtle Seen along Sindh Coast

Marine scientists associated with the World Wildlife Fund-Pakistan have observed rare Olive Ridley turtles, the endangered specie of turtles believed to have become extinct several years back, on Pakistani shores recently WWFF-Pakistan officials said on Friday that they have recorded presence of a viable population of Olive Ridley turtle in Pakistan after seven years. “Two species of marine turtles - Green turtle and Olive Ridley turtle - used to abound our side of the Arabian Sea and frequently visiting some of the selected sandy beaches along the coast of Pakistan. Female Olive Ridley turtles are frequent More>>>

Confiscated Birds being Released into Wild Bahraini National Fails to prove Falcons’ Identity

A Bahraini national, Salim Eid Rafees Thani, along with the vice consul general of Bahrain visited the airport on Wednesday as the hearing of the case was fixed for the day by the Customs authorities on a request of the former. However, they could not present any additional evidence or documents to prove the passenger’s claims regarding the falcons. Responding to Dawn      queries, Customs Assistant Collector at the Jinnah Terminal of the Karachi    

Spotted and Killed: Missing Leopard Gunned down in alakand

The leopard was captured after it killed two teenagers in Thandiyani area of Abbottabad district and brought to the park last year in November. A leopard that went missing from More>>>

Captured leopardess gives birth to twin cubs

An official at the pheasantry told Dawn on Tuesday that the mother and her cubs were in good health. He said a team of the wildlife department headed by Range Officer, Balakot Shafiqur Rehman had captured the leopardess from Hangrai area in Kaghan valley. “The leopardess that suffered a back injury while jumping a prey in the thick forest was taken to the pheasantry where it underwent a successful surgical procedure. On Sunday night, it gave birth to twin cubs,” he said. The official said the wildlife department didn’t have the More>>>

World's oldest trees are dying

SYDNEY: Scientists Friday warned of an alarming increase in the death rates of the largest living organisms on the planet, the giant, old trees that harbour and sustain countless birds and wildlife.  Research by universities in Australia and the United States, published in Science, said ecosystems worldwid More>>>

Oldest giant panda relative found in Spain

SSmall tree climber lived in humid forests about 11 million years ago. Dubbed Kretzoiarctos beatrix, the 11-million-year-old species was previously named Agriarctos beatrix based on a few fossil teeth found at a paleontological site near More>>>

Brazil aims to clone endangered animals

Conservationists in Brazil are poised to try cloning eight animals that are under pressure, including jaguars and maned wolves. Other conservation groups have welcomed the plan, but say the priority should always be to preserve More>>>

Third critically endangered red wolf killed in North Carolina

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting assistance with an investigation involving the suspected illegal take of a third radio-collared red wolf that was recently found dead.  The wolf was found with a suspected gunshot wound on More>>>

Tree growth research has surprising ring of truth

New research has found that ozone depletion in Antarctica is affecting climate conditions across the southern hemisphere, that in turn control tree growth in Tasmania, New Zealand and Patagonia. The research was recently published in Nature More>>>




 Pakistan has a unique location with its biodiversity deriving its origin from three main bio-geographical regions. This is because of the historic geological events, Indo-Pakistan subcontinent (constituting the Oriental region) believed to be located south, more close and sharing biota with to the Ethiopian region, started shifting northward some 70 million years ago and stuck and was attached with the main Eurasian landmass ......... More>>>
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