Pakistan cuts April LNG shipments amid growing risks to South Asian gas demand

Singapore — Pakistan has cut its April LNG cargo deliveries as the country’s coronavirus lockdown eats into domestic natural gas consumption, while Bangladesh could be the next country in South Asia to push back on LNG shipments after it introduced a lockdown last week. Nationwide closures now pose major risks to South Asia’s LNG imports after a 21-day shutdown prompted Indian…

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Energy contracts: Government seeks to declare force majeure clause

The stakeholders are in discussion at different levels to declare force majeure on LNG and IPPs as per contracts due to COVID-19. Energy sector experts claim that LNG contracts with Qatar Gas, Gunvor and others and all the IPPs, contracts with capacity payments were executed at high rates and brought serious misery and financial hardship to the country, industry and…

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Plastic: How to predict threats to animals in oceans and rivers

Hosepipes inside a sperm whale, plastic banana bags eaten by green turtles and a shotgun cartridge inside a True’s beaked whale. Just some of the examples of plastic found inside wildlife that have been documented in scientific reports. Researchers went through records of plastic eaten by aquatic creatures to find out more about the risks. They say the length of…

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KE will charge you for average electricity consumption in April

Karachiites will get their electricity bills for April on a consumption average basis, as the K-Electric management has decided to suspend the physical meter reading process due to the coronavirus lockdown. This was confirmed by K-Electric representatives to SAMAA Digital. The KE spokesperson said the management has decided not to expose staff in any physical exercise. “We have decide to suspend…

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Pakistan’s number of coronavirus cases could be much higher than given statistics

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s health experts as well as the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) officials have expressed fears the country’s efforts to control coronavirus could end in complete jeopardy as still, there is no data available on the possible number of coronavirus cases in the country. Presently, there are more than 1,600 confirmed cases of virus reported in the country but according…

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Lockdown is an opportunity to address air pollution’

The lockdown enforced by the Sindh government in the province amid coronavirus fears is an opportunity for the relevant authorities to evaluate the urban sprawl, mass transportation and industrial needs of Karachi and curb harmful carbon emissions here, stated the National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH). NFEH president Naeem Qureshi, in a statement released on Saturday, said that the…

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WHO Reviews ‘Current’ Evidence On Coronavirus Transmission Through Air

The World Health Organization says the virus that causes COVID-19 doesn’t seem to linger in the air or be capable of spreading through the air over distances of more than about 3 feet. But at least one expert in virus transmission said it’s way too soon to know that. “I think the WHO is being irresponsible in giving out that information. This…

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