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  • World leaders seek new path to handle climate change

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    Next week, in the waning days of what is set to be the hottest year on record, world leaders meet on the outskirts of Paris for a summit that seeks nothing less than to steer the global economy away from its ever-growing reliance on fossil fuels. The challenge is enormous and has proven elusive in the past. The U.N.-sponsored talks are aimed at getting 195 countries to agree on a path for cutting ...

  • Quake of magnitude 6.2 strikes off Japan's Bonin islands

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    SINGAPORE: An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck 112 km (70 miles) southeast of Japan's Bonin islands on Friday, about 1,000 km south of the capital Tokyo, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake at a depth of 10 km (6 miles), hit at 0540 GMT. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

  • CO2 levels hit record high for 30th year in a row

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    GENEVA: Greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2014 and the relentless fuelling of climate change is endangering the planet for future generations, the World Meteorological Organization said on Monday. "Every year we say that time is running out. We have to act NOW to slash greenhouse gas emissions if we are to have a chance to keep the increase in temperatures to ...

  • Patricia batters Mexico as one of strongest storms ever

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    PUERTO VALLARTA: Hurricane Patricia, one of the most powerful storms on record, struck Mexico's Pacific coast on Friday with destructive winds that tore down trees, moved cars and forced thousands of people to flee homes and beachfront resorts. Hours after making landfall, the storm weakened but still packed winds of 130 miles per hour (210 km per hour). There were no reported casualties and ...

  • Rare supermoon eclipse seen around the world

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    LONDON: Stargazers were treated to a rare astronomical phenomenon when a total lunar eclipse combined with a so-called supermoon. Those in the United States, Europe, Africa and western Asia were able to view the coupling, weather permitting, Sunday night or early Monday. It was the first time the events have made a twin appearance since 1982, and they won't again until 2033. When a full moon ...

  • Green Office Networks Meet

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    LAHORE – WWF-Pakistan has been tackling climate change impact through its Green Office program since 2009 by promoting and certifying the adoption of sustainable environment practices at offices in the corporate sector. In this regard, WWF-Pakistan organized its third annual Green Office Network Meeting in Lahore on September 10. The theme of the meeting this year was sustainable waste ...

  • International Conference on Mountains and Climate Change to begin today

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    GILGIT:Karakoram International University Gilgit-Baltistan (KIU), in collaboration with WWF-Pakistan, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Integrated Mountain Area Research Center (IMARC), EV-K2-CNR; NORHED, Department of Agriculture Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Forests, Wildlife and Environment Department GB, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) and Mountain ...

  • Kepler Telescope discovers another Earth

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    CAPE CANAVERAL: A planet remarkably similar to Earth and potentially capable of sustaining life has been discovered in a "habitable zone" around a distant sun-like star, U.S. scientists said today. The planet, which is about 60 percent bigger than Earth, is located about 1,400 light years away in the constellation Cygnus. It was discovered using NASA's Kepler space telescope and circles a star ...

  • Sun facing irregularities in its "heartbeat"

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    New York: Scientists have made a discovery about the sun's "heartbeat" that they say indicates that Earth's Northern Hemisphere will experience a deep freeze in 15 years.The sun has a "solar heartbeat," or cycle of activity, that produces energy that causes sunspots and solar flares. Scientists at Northumbria University in northeast England developed a model that illustrates the history of these ...

  • After 1994 genocide Lions return to Rwanda

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    Rwanda: It's the return of a wild king.Lions have been reintroduced to Rwanda for the first time since being wiped out after the genocide of 1994, which claimed 800,000 lives. As people returned and settled after the gruesome period, lions were poisoned and killed for feeding on cattle. Although efforts have been made to preserve the wildlife of the country, the return of the lion to Akagera ...

  • Western nations are responsible for climate change: Former Provincial Minister Zahid Hussain

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    Islamabad: President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF) and former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain today said, western nations are responsible for climate change, but they are not ready to accept responsibility. The poor countries are suffering the most from catastrophic climate change, while western nations are busy in blaming China for it, he said.  Mian Zahid ...

  • Heatwave eases after killing 1,150 Pakistanis

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    KARACHI- Sea breezes today brought lower temperatures to ease a heatwave that killed more than 1,150 people around Pakistan's teeming port city of Karachi during the Muslim fasting month of Ramazan. Mass funerals were held for 50 unidentified victims on Friday before their bodies were hastily buried. The extreme heat of up to 44 degrees Celsius (111 Fahrenheit) - the hottest since 1981 - ...

  • Heat wave intensifies across Pakistan

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    Lahore- High temperature and electricity shortfalls today troubled people across the country. In Sibbi, where the temperature touched 49 degrees Celsius, five people fell unconscious owing to the heat. Also, the heat wave claimed the lives of four children in Tharparkar. According to the meteorological office, temperature rose to 44 degrees Celsius in Dalbandin and Nokundi, 46 in Lasbella, 45 in ...

  • Mount Everest shifted southwest after earthquake: Chinese research

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    Beijing- A devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in April moved Mount Everest three centimetres (just over an inch) to the southwest, but did not change its height, according to Chinese research published today. The 7.8-magnitude quake reversed the gradual northeasterly course of the world's highest peak, which straddles Nepal and China, the National Administration of Surveying and Mapping ...

  • Pakistan plans carbon-cutting policies

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    ISLAMABAD- As Pakistan struggles with the rising risks of floods and melting glaciers, it is crafting a plan to cut its planet-warming emissions under a new global climate deal due to be agreed in Paris in December. The South Asian nation is currently considering a goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from 2008 levels by 2025. Senator Mushahidullah Khan, the federal climate ...

  • Quake of 5.9 magnitude strikes off Japan

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    An earthquake measuring 5.9 magnitude struck off Japan's northeast coast today. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The quake was 80 km (50 miles) deep and centered 132 km (82 miles) north northeast of Hachinohe, Honshu, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

  • Heavy rain expected in northern Pakistan

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    KARACHI- The Pakistan Meteorological Department today predicted heavy rains in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northeast Punjab and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Heavy rains are expected in Malakand, Makran, Kalat and Gilgit-Baltistan within the next 24 hours. Excess rainfall may cause flooding along connected riverbanks. Also, lighter rains are expected in Sindh, south Punjab and Balochistan. According to our ...

  • Study predicts glacier change in Mount Everest region

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    Most of the glaciers in the Mount Everest region will disappear or drastically retreat as temperatures increase with climate change over the next century, according to a group of international researchers. The estimated 5,500 glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region – site of Mount Everest and many of the world’s tallest peaks – could reduce their volume by 70%-99% by ...

  • Tesla unveils new batteries for smarter energy usage

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    LOS ANGELES- Tesla Motors today unveiled Tesla Energy - storage systems or batteries for homes, companies and utilities that will expand its business beyond electric vehicles and tap into a fast-growing area of the energy industry. Chief Executive Elon Musk said the company's goal was to "fundamentally change the way the world uses energy on an extreme scale." He introduced the products to a ...

  • Scientists recall the Brontosaurus

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    The iconic name Brontosaurus, once used to describe a family of huge dinosaurs, has been resurrected after being killed off more than a century ago. In 1903, scientists decided Brontosaurus was a more complete specimen of a different dinosaur. But many more specimens of plant-eating dinosaurs are now known, allowing scientists to carry out the most complete analysis of their bones. The name ...

  • Artist accused of vandalizing England's highest mountain

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    London- It is still England’s highest mountain, but Scafell Pike is ever so slightly smaller now after an artist stole the top inch of the summit to display in a gallery. Oscar Santillan, 34, was accused of vandalism after removing the stone pinnacle of the 3,209ft Lake District peak for an exhibition in London. His so-called “suggestive gesture,” said to reflect the way humans ...

  • NASA discovers life-forming nitrogen on Mars

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    Washington- NASA's Curiosity rover has found nitrogen on the surface of Mars, a significant discovery that adds to evidence the Red Planet could once have sustained life, the space agency said. By drilling into Martian rocks, Curiosity found evidence of nitrates, compounds containing nitrogen that can be used by living organisms. The Curiosity team has already found evidence that other ...

  • Imran Khan aims for green Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

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    PESHAWAR- Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan today announced his goal of starting a campaign to plant one billion trees in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Speaking to journalists in Haripur, Khan said, “We want to make a prosperous Pakistan for our future generations.” Khan said he plans on involving the youth in this campaign. “School children will take part in this ...

  • Saudi cleric denies Earth’s rotation

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    Lahore- In a recent video, a Saudi cleric rejected Earth’s movement around the Sun, claiming the opposite holds true. His recent comment has generated a discussion online. A student questioned Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari, “Is the earth stationary?" “Stationary and does not move,” Bandar al-Khaibari responded. Khaibari also quoted some clerics to support his statement. He ...

  • China faces environmental challenges

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    BEIJING- China needs to slash emission levels by as much as half before any obvious improvements are made to its environment, a senior government official said today, underscoring the challenges facing the country after three decades of breakneck growth. Zhai Qing, China's deputy minister of environmental protection, told a briefing that pollutants had been cut by just "a few percentage points" ...

  • 39 rare deer disappear from Benazir Park

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    Badin- At least 39 rare deer disappeared from Benazir Park in Badin. According to details, at least 39 rare deer disappeared from Benazir Park. Eight more deer were found dead in the bathrooms of the park. At least 14 rare birds are also missing from the park. Sources said that the missing deer have been presented to some politicians as gifts.

  • Islamabad at risk of water crisis

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    Islamabad- Water experts have warned of water crisis in Islamabad as level of underground water has plunged further due to illegal boring. The experts said that Islamabad residents could face a sever water shortage in summers if the underground water dipped further due to illegal boring. Sources in the CDA said that at some places tube-wells have stopped pumping out water as water level has ...

  • Dashcams never lie

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    Paris-The terrifying footage of a plane clipping a bridge in Taiwan and crashing into a river this week highlighted the popularity of “dashcams” that are capturing everything from crime to natural disasters through the windscreen. The TransAsia accident, which left least 35 people dead and several others still missing, was filmed by at least two cars carrying dashboard cameras which ...

  • Triple solar eclipse captured by Hubble on Jupiter

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    USA- The Hubble space telescope peers hundreds, thousands, millions of light years into the universe to study novas, quasars and nebulas. But weeks ago, it pulled its focus way in close -- to just light minutes away -- to view a rare and beautiful spectacle at the planet Jupiter. Three big moons crossed past it at the same time, casting their shadows onto Jupiter's swirling surface. From the ...