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Our climate journey in 16 months: Part – II

As Pakistan continued reeling from the exogenous shock of accelerated climate impacts, it also became clear to many of us that global warming was not changing course. The year 2030…

Financial inequality breeds contempt

Our society essentially stands divided into three classes. The elite class comprises the top bureaucrats both civil and military, business tycoons and politicians. Then follow two classes – the thinning…

Vertical urbanisation

Since its inception, Islamabad has been committed to horizontal rather than vertical urbanisation. A one-kanal plot in sector E-7 costs upwards of Rs15 crore. In F-6, it costs between Rs11-15…

The polluter pays

Environmentalists have welcomed the Islamabad High Court’s landmark ruling on the fate of Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP). The bold and unprecedented judgment felt improbable at first, but the much-needed…

Two steps back

IF there’s any sphere of operations where the aphorism ‘One step forward, two steps back’ is visible, it is in the field of conservation. Flora or fauna, Earth’s natural conditions…

Awareness programme about mountains concludes

A three-day programme on raising awareness of the importance of mountains organised by the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) has concluded with a purposeful hike on Trail 5 of Margalla Hills, Islamabad. PTDC…

Rethinking the Islamabad zoo

Globally the anti-zoo lobby is almost as strong today as the advocates for zoos. The anti-zoo sentiment has grown because, while there are several excellent zoos across the world (with…

Sharing the planet

SOME might be inclined to present the view that the misery of the animal kingdom is too idealistic a cause to highlight. Yet it was the sustained campaigning of animal…

Strange Cruelty

Strange cruelty

Some of you may have heard of Kavaan, the lonesome and only elephant incarcerated in the Islamabad Zoo. His partner Sehli died in May 2012 after remaining in captivity for…

Pakistan & ESG implementation

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) values act as the guiding principle for a corporate sector’s obligation to the environment and community. For the responsible investors, ESG criteria is a litmus…