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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
Plastic Bags and the Environment

Plastic Bags and the Environment

By Salman Zafar, Founder of EcoMENA
Location India India

Plastic bags are a huge threat to the environment as an estimated 1 trillion bags are consumed worldwide every year. Plastic bags are one of the most objectionable types of litter in urban areas. The sheer volume of plastic waste generated coupled with energy and material resources required for production, as well as emissions resulting from these processes paint a grim picture of the environmental havoc created by plastic bags. Threats to the Environment Plastic […]

July 24, 2013 · 0 comments · Environment, Global
Hurdles Managing Trash in the Middle East

Hurdles Managing Trash in the Middle East

By Salman Zafar, Founder of EcoMENA
Location India India

Though Islam puts great stress on waste minimization, it is unfortunate that Arab countries in the Middle East are among the world’s highest per capita waste generator. In the Middle East, waste management is bogged down by deficiencies in legislation and poor planning. Many countries lack legislative framework and regulations to deal with wastes. Insufficient funds, absence of strategic waste management plans, lack of coordination among stakeholders, shortage of skilled manpower and deficiencies in technical […]

June 2, 2013 · 1 comment · Environment, Health, Middle East
The Industry Must Act on Auditing Food Waste

The Industry Must Act on Auditing Food Waste

By Caitlin Shepherd, Artist, Curator and Campaigner
Location United Kingdom United Kingdom

The food industry is responsible for generating approximately 50% of the 18–20 million tons of food wasted in the UK every year. I have encountered food waste in large quantities at every stage of the supply chain in the UK. Both public and private sector policymakers are now starting to respond to evidence of the vast quantities of food being wasted, but change is slow. The problem is that avoidable waste comes at a cost […]

How Energy Enhances Brazil’s Position

How Energy Enhances Brazil’s Position

By Tamara Santos, Independent Researcher
Location Brazil Brazil

Energy-rich Brazil has an opportunity to have a leading role in the international system and compete with developed countries. Brazil has vast natural resources and is widely known for its renewable energy generation capacity. The majority of energy sources come from water, wind and solar resources, biomass and thermoelectric enterprises as well as ethanol and biodiesel plants. It also has two nuclear plants and a third one under construction. Hydropower plants are a determinant factor […]

Creating Political Energy with Earth Hour

Creating Political Energy with Earth Hour

By Sainan Yu, MA Student at New York University
Location China China

Did Earth Hour participants succeed in reducing global warming? Earth Hour activists participated in an international effort to reduce global warming from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 31, 2013. Scores of New York City landmarks including the Empire State Building, the New York Public Library, the United Nations headquarters, City Hall and the Brooklyn Bridge, shut off their exterior lights. The city that never sleeps just joined hundreds of others mega cities and dreamed a […]

May 2, 2013 · 0 comments · Environment, Global