NDMA says locust attacks causing damage in more than 60 districts across Pakistan

The National Disaster Management Authority’s spokesman informed on Friday that 61 districts across the country are under attack from locusts, which have been damaging food crops. Providing a breakdown of the districts, the NDMA spokesman said that the most attacks were reported in Balochistan, where 31 districts witnessed crop damage from locusts. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 11 districts faced locust attacks while 12 districts of Punjab were also attacked by the insects. The NDMA spokesman said that crops in seven districts of Sindh were also damaged. The NDMA spokesman said that…

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Around 29,000 deaths expected in Thar due to air pollution from coal mines, power

KARACHI: Coal mines and power plants will be no savior for the people of Thar as the neglected region of Sindh embraces for further blights as emissions from a massive cluster of coal mines and power plants would expose local population to serious health risks eventually killing 29000 people, reveals a study launched on Friday.  These emissions could cause 40,000 asthma emergency room visits, 19,906 new cases of asthma in children, 32,000 preterm births, 20 million days of work absence (sick leave), 57,000 years lived with disability related to chronic…

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Things have to change’: tourism businesses look to a greener future

No planes in the sky, empty hotels and deserted attractions: with the world at a standstill, tourism has been one of the industries worst-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. International arrivals this year could be down by 80% compared with 2019, according to the World Tourism Organization, and more than 100 million jobs are under threat. But as destinations slowly start to emerge from lockdown and borders tentatively reopen, many in the sector are wondering if this is a chance for tourism to rebuild in a greener, more sustainable way. “Of…

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PIA left with 30 Aircraft After PK-8303 Crash

PIA’s Airbus A320, registration number AP-BLD, crashed in a residential area in Karachi, killing 97 passengers on board. Two passengers survived the crash. The accident happened just seven days after the government permitted PIA to operate limited domestic flights from six airports. PIA’s fleet currently consists of 11 Airbus A320-200, three ATR 42-500, four ATR72-500, six Boeing 777-200ER, two Boeing 777-200LR, four Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for domestic and international flights. PIA plans to add five more aircraft to its fleet by the end of this year. Furthermore, the government has…

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British Car Maker MG is Launching Locally Manufactured Electric Vehicles in Pakistan

Recently, there had been news that JW had set up their plant in the country and were looking to establish the biggest private venture of electric car manufacturing in Pakistan. The company JW Auto Park had also inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Morris Garages for their electric cars. Originally, MG had started life as a British company but was taken over by a Chinese firm. Now there has been news that the plant would be inaugurated by the Chinese President during his visit to Pakistan later this year…

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U.S. Renewable Energy Consumption Beats Coal For First Time In 130 Years

The rise of renewables and declining coal electricity generation resulted in energy consumption from renewables in the United States surpassing in 2019 coal consumption for the first time since 1885, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Thursday. Last year, total U.S. renewable energy consumption increased by 1 percent compared to 2018, while coal consumption slumped by almost 15 percent year on year, the EIA said in its Monthly Energy Review. The rise of renewable energy sources, especially wind and solar power, marked a historic milestone for energy consumption…

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Siemens Gamesa reveals world’s largest wind turbine

Siemens Gamesa has unveiled its new 14MW SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbine, the largest capacity wind turbine in the world. The turbine, which beats out competitor GE Renewable Energy’s 12MW Haliade X turbine, features 108-metre-long blades, on a 222-meter diameter rotor, and capacity can be boosted to 15MW using proprietary technology. One turbine produces enough electricity to power approximately 18,000 average European households every year, according to the company, meaning that 30 turbines would be able to cover the annual electricity consumption of the city closest to its international headquarters…

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Oil Slides As Russia Plans To Raise Production

Reports that Russia plans to start easing oil production cuts after the end of June arrested the oil price rally, keeping WTI below $35 a barrel. WTI slid 0.3 percent following the news, after gaining more than 3 percent yesterday. This added to worry about U.S.-Chinese relations after the U.S. threatened to impose sanctions on China for its policy towards Hong Kong. The Bloomberg report, which cites unnamed sources familiar with Moscow’s position on the cuts, stands in stark contrast with a Reuters report, which also cited unnamed people familiar…

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Turkey sees all-time daily record as 90% of power produced from local, renewable resources

Local and renewable energy resources accounted for 90% of Turkey’s electricity generation on May 24, a new all-time daily high, the country’s energy and natural resources minister said Tuesday. Sunday marked the beginning of the three-day Ramadan Bayram holiday, better known as Eid al-Fitr. Turkey had imposed a four-day curfew over the holiday from May 23 to 26 to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. “On May 24, we achieved a new record in daily production by generating 90% of our electricity from domestic and renewable resources,” Fatih Dönmez…

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Pakistan to conduct Covid-19 anti-body tests for community screening

Laboratory testing for Covid-19 serology trials has been prepared according to a notification issued by the National Institute for Health. Anti-body testing would be done for community screening and research purposes. Tests can also be conducted to see the evidence of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 in individual cases whereas tests may be used for seroepidemiological or seroprevalence studies to inform public health measures at a community level. Furthermore, the tests can also be conducted for convalescent plasma transfusion. Laboratory serology tests may be considered as supplementary tests to RT-PCR based testing,…

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