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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Trump ditches new tone on coronavirus to tout questionable theories

US President Donald Trump’s much heralded new tone on the coronavirus pandemic evaporated on Tuesday in a burst of misleading medical speculation, criticism for his own top virus expert, and praise for an eccentric preacher-doctor touting conspiracy theories. Just a week ago, Trump sought to get his shaky re-election campaign back on track by addressing national criticism of a leadership void in a crisis that has already killed nearly 150,000 Americans and wreaked havoc on the world’s biggest economy. The president admitted things were going to “get worse before they…

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Govt plans to probe fuel crisis: minister

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Energy Omar Ayub Khan on Wednesday said the government planned to hold a thorough investigation into the fuel crisis, which occurred last month, to take the elements involved in hoarding and creating artificial shortage of the commodity to task.  “A commission has been formed by the federal cabinet in its last meeting,” the minister said, during the question hour session in the National Assembly.  Wondering where the stocks had gone, he noted the sales of petrol stood almost at 28% as compared to the corresponding period…

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Offshore wind power is now so cheap that UK wind farms could soon be paying back government subsidies

UK offshore wind farms are set to be the first in the world to have to pay to produce power in what researchers have termed an “astonishing development” for the once-expensive energy technology. A dramatic drop in the cost of offshore wind power, coupled with a slight rise in wholesale power prices, will likely mean the newest wind farms coming online will operate with “negative subsidy”. This means operators effectively paying the Government to generate power. As a leader in offshore wind, UK schemes are likely to be the first…

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Mansehra-Thakot Expressway of CPEC is open for traffic: Chairman CPEC authority

ISLAMABAD: China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority Chairman and SAPM on Information and Broadcasting Lt Gen (R) Asim Saleem Bajwa Tueasday said that Mansehra-Thakot Expressway had been opened for traffic. In a message, he said that constructed with the cost of 136 billion, the 80-kilometer, two-way Mansehra-Thakot Expressway is extension of 40 km Havelian-Mansehra four-lane Motorway. He said that the CPEC had been making progress and so was Pakistan. Highway police and toll staff had been deployed, adding that decision had been taken to add the cost of Security in…

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