Environment

The Chinese and American presidents in Beijing. Credit: Reuters

Managing Emissions from the Middle Kingdom to the Midwest: The China-U.S. Climate Deal

By Jeremy Luedi, Writer and Analyst
Location Canada Canada

In China the concern among Chinese officials is due to the fact that efforts to reduce emissions slow down GDP growth. An important step in countering global climate change was reached this week as China and the United States agreed to cooperate on reducing emissions. Beijing and Washington are the two largest polluters, which magnifies the importance of the aforementioned deal. Previous efforts to cut emissions have been stymied by alternating Chinese or American intransigence, […]

November 17, 2014 · 0 comments · China, Environment
Kashmir: Brought by the Flood

Kashmir: Brought by the Flood

By Paulo Casaca, Founder of South Asian Democratic Forum
Location Thailand Thailand

Will the lessons brought by the latest Kashmiri floods be understood? CHIANG MAI, Thailand — September 2014 will be remembered in the greater Kashmir area for the worst floods in more than a century, with one million people displaced, hundreds of confirmed victims and incommensurable material destruction. As a United Nations special report released on September 17 revealed, natural disasters displace four times more people now than they did back in 1970, South Asia being […]

September 19, 2014 · 0 comments · Environment, India, Pakistan
Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Deserves More International Attention

Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Deserves More International Attention

By Liang Pan, Graduate Student at New York University
Location United States United States

Japan must address the humanitarian and environmental impact of the Fukushima nuclear fallout with greater transparency and sincerity. On April 1, 2014, the Japanese government lifted the evacuation order on Miyakoji district of Tamura, 12 miles away from the ground zero of Fukushima nuclear disaster, which happened three years ago amidst an apocalyptical earthquake and tsunami hit. This step taken by the Japanese government seemingly demonstrates the nation’s positive motion toward full recovery. But this […]

April 7, 2014 · 2 comments · Environment, Japan
Environmental Challenges in Pakistan

Environmental Challenges in Pakistan

By Saira Ronaq, Writer and Graduate Student at University of Karachi
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Environmental issues in Pakistan have been disturbing the balance between economic development and environmental protection. As a big importer of renewable natural resources and a large consumer of fossil fuels, Pakistan’s Ministry of Environment takes responsibility to conserve and protect the environment; however unfortunately there are many challenges. While we grow more than 8 percent in GDP and create economic opportunities, this increase adds growing stress and implications on the environment. The constant growth in […]

February 28, 2014 · 1 comment · Environment, Pakistan
Can Retirees Rejuvenate Our Villages?

Can Retirees Rejuvenate Our Villages?

By Satyendra Tripathi, Climate Change Researcher
Location India India

While proper urban planning is an important constituent for economic development, can rural planning by itself and in isolation, however proper, save our villages? In recent decades migration of youth population from villages to cities triggered this question. Most of the population during 2015 to 2020 will be youth and retirees have to begin a second life in the countryside. After retirement they can perhaps start small-time farming or tending to home gardening. But the […]

January 12, 2014 · 0 comments · Environment, India, South Asia
Militancy Devastates Balochistan Agriculture

Militancy Devastates Balochistan Agriculture

By Kiyya Qadir Baloch, Freelance Baloch Journalist at the Daily Times
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest province in the southwest, has become a hotbed of insurgency, militancy, sectarian violence and tribal feuds. Although the largest province in size, Balochistan’s population is only 5 percent of Pakistan’s total population and nearly 80 percent of which lives in rural areas. However security in Balochistan is getting worse each day. Terrorism, sectarian violence, targeted killing, kidnapping for ransom, attacks on security forces, and missing people have become the norm in Balochistan. […]

December 14, 2013 · 1 comment · Business, Environment, Pakistan
Baloch children waiting for assistance after the September 24, 2013 earthquake. Photo courtesy of the author.

Balochistan’s Earthquake Victims Await Help

By Kiyya Qadir Baloch, Freelance Baloch Journalist at the Daily Times
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Many victims continue to wait for proper treatment after a powerful earthquake struck Pakistan’s remote south-west province of Balochistan. QUETTA, Pakistan — Military check points after every kilometer from Uthal to Awaran, strict security checking, worst road infrastructure and security threats have increased problems for Balochistan’s Awaran district which was struck by a 7.7-magnitude quake in September, toppling thousands of mud-built homes. While the National Disaster Management Authority and Pakistani Army claim to have supplied the […]

October 27, 2013 · 2 comments · Environment, Pakistan