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Cyclones in our lives

For almost the entire week, so many of us had anxiously waited for the threatened arrival of a cyclone. Since there was an element of unpredictability about how it would…

Dangers of urban flooding

Pakistan is among the most affected countries by climate change. The irony of the situation is that while the industrialised world reaps the benefits of industrialisation we pick up the…

Civilization under threat?

Masood Kizilbash’s book ‘Human Conflict with Nature’ published by the Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre Islamabad in 2020 carries an intriguing subtitle – ‘Alarm Bell for the Demise of…

Tragedies beyond boundaries

In the coastal city of Derna, Libya, more than ten thousand people have perished as a hurricane intensity storm Daniel struck the area in the early hours of the day…

IFIs at a crossroads

In October, as the world’s attention turns toward Morocco for the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), it is an historic moment to…

Urgent climate action

In view of the current global environmental turmoil and the intermittent El-Nino effect culminating into unexpected climate change to which Pakistan only adds one per cent carbon into the ozone…

Resilient infrastructure

The construction of infrastructure on resilient foundations leads to such structures absorbing and preventing sudden and severe shocks which could include many disasters like floods, glacier melting, earthquakes, cyclones, tsunamis,…