9 Ways to Stop Using So Much Plastic

Let’s get the bad news out of the way. You know when people casually joke about our country being a burning dumpster fire? They’re not totally wrong. America has a huge waste problem, and municipalities are now burning recyclables. Why? Because in 2017, China, which used to buy most of America’s discarded recycling, decided it was tired of being the world’s garbage bin. Unfortunately, the U.S. wasn’t totally equipped to do its own recycling. “A lot of places are just stockpiling it now,” says Silpa Kaza, an urban-development specialist with…

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Pakistan’s olive oil producers prepare to enter global market: report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani olive oil producers are preparing to enter the global market as 27.5 million olive trees on more than 30,000 acres of land have been planted. The plantation extends through Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan, Islamabad and Azad Kashmir, said a report published by Gwadar Pro on Wednesday. Pakistan has 10 million-acre suitable land for olive plantation, almost double than Spain, which is currently the largest olive oil producer in the world. With an increase in the area under cultivation, Pakistan is passing through a silent revolution in olive oil production.…

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Fish-friendly hydropower plant makes debut in Germany

The world’s first ‘shaft hydropower plant’, with the turbine concealed in a shaft in the river bed, is now operating in Germany. This plant was built on the Loisach River in a Bavarian nature reserve. The new plant concept was developed at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and scientists say it allows fish to pass freely over the power plant on their migration downstream. TUM says: “The environmental standards for new plants are virtually impossible to fulfil in Germany and many other countries. While hydropower plants can contribute to…

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Tending orchards in Thar desert — without flowing water

Most of the inhabitants of the Thar desert can grow crops only after a downpour has transformed the arid land into lush greenery. But Allahrakhio Khoso, a 60-year-old farmer, does not need to wait for rain. In the city of Nagarparkar, in the shadow of the Karoonjhar mountains, Khoso has made an orchard in the desert a reality by using matkas or pitchers — an everyday object more commonly found in the home than in the field. After eight years, Khoso has 400 berry trees, 70 lemon trees, three mango trees and…

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Fed govt plans to sell shares of OGDCL, other petroleum companies

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Privatization Muhammad Mian Somroo on chaired a meeting of the privatization board and mulled over selling shares of Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) and Mari Petroleum Company Limited, ARY NEWS reported. The meeting mulled over the divestment plan for the three companies while deferred a plan to sell shares of Pakistan Engineering Company Limited (PECO) by August 20 and decided to move ahead on it after consultations with industries and commerce ministry. The meeting headed by Muhammad Mian Somroo mulled…

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Cabinet Committee on Energy for expediting reforms

ISLAMABAD: As the power sector is plagued with poor governance on account of electricity theft and rampant corruption, the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCOE) has given directives for expediting reforms in the sector to make it stable and sustainable. In its meeting on Thursday, the cabinet body on energy, in addition to reviewing the implementation status of decisions taken, also reviewed the decision on governance reforms. The government is implementing a power sector reform plan covering various areas which include realigning generation costs, privatisation of distribution system, governance reforms in…

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