Category: Envi /Climate Change

What happens when glaciers and rivers collide?

In most alpine areas, scientists are concerned that global warming and retreating ice will swell glacial lakes and increase the risk of floods downstream. In the Karakoram Mountains of northern Pakistan, the remote Shimshal Valley has the same concerns, but for a somewhat different reason. Several of the glaciers that flow into this valley surge, meaning that they […]


Skardu: “Baltistan Wildlife Conservation and Development Organization (BWCDO)” has been chosen as one of the 15 winners of the UNDP and Equator Prize 2017. This is the first time that the UNDP, Equator Prize has been awarded any organization from Pakistan which is Baltistan Wildlife Conservation and Development Organization (BWCDO). A total of 806 nominations […]

Chitral pioneers community hydropower schemes

Pakistan’s Chitral Valley has become a success model for community development with people in the area operating small hydropower plants and helping execute new ones to meet their electricity needs Unconnected to the national grid and shunned by major investors, the local community in Pakistan’s Chitral Valley has for decades been involved in the generation […]

With glaciers melting faster in the face of climate change, flood risk is rising and early warnings will be key

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio ISLAMABAD, Aug 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Pakistan will invest $8.5 million to expand a network of glacier monitoring stations tracking the pace of glacial melt in the Hindu Kush, Karakoram and Himalayan mountain ranges, in an effort to strengthen early warning systems and reduce the impact of flooding […]

Earthly matters: A bright future

At a two-hour drive rough over broken roads from Chitral town, lies Garam Chashma. This is where hot springs bubble up from deep inside the neighbouring mountains that tower over this sleepy town. The broken roads are due to the recent flooding in the area. On a recent trip to Chitral, organised by the Heinrich […]

Warming spells trouble for Himalayan people

Climate change spells a hotter, drier and wetter future for the Himalayas, says Arun B. Shrestha. As more heat-trapping greenhouse gases (GhG) and short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) accumulate in the atmosphere, there is little hope of reining in climate change. Already there is strong evidence that the Earth is one degree Celsius hotter than at […]