January 21, 2020

Largest urban forest in the world will be planted along the Lyari River

Jiddat Web Desk ::The largest urban forest in the world will be planted along the Lyari River over an area of 26 kilometers. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will inaugurate the project.

The Sindh Minister for local government and forests Syed Nasir Hussain Shah announced this when he paid a visit to the river. He said that only environment-friendly fruit-bearing trees will be planted.

Shah said that as per the vision of the PPP chief the project has been initiated. The first phase of the project will begin at the bank of the Lyari River and in the second phase, the urban forest will be planted along the Malir River.

The concerned authorities were directed by the minister to make arrangements to set up recreational facilities for the citizens as part of the project. He directed the concerned authorities to develop small playgrounds for children and a jogging track.

He said that as an urban forest is planted along the rivers it will turn the area into an attractive spot for local people and foreign tourists. He said that similar urban forest will be planted in other parts of the city as well.

Shah said that different political parties including Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan have supported them in this project. He announced the construction of football and boxing grounds and volleyball and basketball courts for the kids so that they can take part in healthy activities.

Due to climate change and the increasing temperature of Karachi, it is essential to plant more trees. Shah requested the citizens not to litter in any part of the city especially in forest areas.The forest minister was accompanied by the District West Deputy Commissioner Fayaz Solangi, West District Municipal Corporation Chairman Izharuddin, Chief Conservator Ijaz Nizami and Divisional Forest Officer Maqsood Ahmed.

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January 21, 2020

Pakistan becomes second developing country to introduce EV policy

Jiddat Web Desk ::The Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam said that Pakistan has become the second developing country in the region to introduce an electric vehicle (EV) policy.

After the second inter-ministerial committee on EV policy, the adviser addressed a press conference in which he refuted the news of EV policy rejection by the Engineering Development Board (EDB) of the Ministry of Industries and Production.

He said that no new policy will be drafted again by the ministry, however the earlier draft that the federal cabinet approved will be revised with few changes incorporating the concerns of the Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers Association (PAMA) and Pakistan Association of Auto Parts and Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM) representatives.

The adviser said, “We want to implement the policy approved by the federal cabinet owing to its huge benefits and increasing competition.”Aslam stated that there will be 4 main benefits of EV policy and EVs will operate on 70% less costs in comparison to its fuel-based counterpart.

He said, “There are many opportunities for Pakistan under the EV industry as it would help reduce the import of oil and help save around $1 billion whereas 70% air pollution would be curtailed through EVs. The transport sector is consuming most of the fossil fuels being imported and generating a major chunk of air pollution.”

dding, “The policy has the vision to promote ‘Made in Pakistan’ EVs where indigenous production can be promoted to make the country an exporting hub of EVs in the region,” he added. “Today’s meeting has decided to give incentives to two and three wheeler (automobiles) comprising of rickshaws, motorcycles and buses whereas the automobile manufacturers are raising concerns over four-wheeler cars. We have given them 15 days to submit their output to be incorporated in to the policy.”

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January 21, 2020

Climate change would damage their firms, as revealed by a survey.

Jiddat Web desk ::Most Australian execs say climate change will damage .More than 80 per cent of the American business executives are of the belief that climate change would damage their firms, as revealed by a survey.

Australia has been since months fighting scores of fires throughout the nation’s east cost that have taken the lives of 29 people and millions of animals, ruined more than 2,500 homes and burnt an area approximately one-third the size of Germany. Bushfires are pretty common in Australia but the season has commenced much earlier than usual.With the crisis indicating the threat of the changing climate, a Deloitte survey of the global business leaders have indicated 81 per cent of the Australian executive believe that the climate change would be harming their firm.

Robert Hillard, the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at Deloitte Australia said that businesses require to show the investors that they are taking the required measures for curbing their exposure.

The findings have added pressure on the PM Scott Morrison, who is under the load of criticism for his government’s handling of the crisis.Morrison has mentioned that strengthening the carbin emission reduction targets of Australia would be damaging the economy.

Public anger and fury remains high but, was raised more when the senior government officials publicly disrupted the climate change.Haydon Manning, the professor at the Flinders University said that it is a test of his leadership that he mush indicate that he could stare down his own party and get it to stay quiet.

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January 19, 2020

The most experienced and accomplished statesman of the Muslim world faces exactly the same problems as my govt.

Jiddat Web Desk  ::The most experienced and accomplished statesman of the Muslim world faces exactly the same problems as my govt.