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Death in the Air

By Nazia Memon Pakistan is facing serious environmental problems for example deforestation, air pollution, noise pollution, climate change, pesticide misuse, soil erosion, natural disasters and desertification. They are getting worse as the country’s economy expands and the population grows. Unfortunately, not much is being done to tackle these issues. The megacities of Pakistan, such as…

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Video: Smog causes acid rain in Punjab

The toxic smog that has covered parts of Pakistan for weeks was finally dispelled by winter rain this week, but experts say it was ‘acid rain’ that was triggered by air pollution and may cause widespread skin diseases. Watch this report…

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Smog kills more people than militancy in Pakistan

Islamabad: The toxic smog that has covered parts of Pakistan for weeks has exposed official torpor over rampant pollution that has killed thousands more people than have died in years of militancy. The polluted air that has lingered in Islamabad in recent days was finally dispelled by rain this week, bringing the surrounding Margalla Hills…

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As Delhi Continues To Choke, Indian Minister Downplays Situation

NEWS DESK: Even as Delhi breathes toxic air tantamount to smoking 50 cigarettes every day, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan continues to assert that it is no ’emergency’. Emergency, he believes, was the Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984, reported Outlook India. “You see, what happened in Bhopal when there was a gas leak and hundreds…

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Rain ends smog in Punjab; further dips temperature

Punjab province received first winter rainfall in different cities on Tuesday. The rain spell that started from Balochistan, has ended smog in the province and further dropped mercury on the scale. More downpour is likely in next 24 to 48 hours. Watch this report…

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Cold grips different parts of country after rain

Winter made an authentic entrance into most parts of the country after rain in Punjab, Balochistan and upper Sindh, dropping the temperature to minus four degree centigrade (in Skardu) and ending two week long smog in Punjab. Watch this report…

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Thick smog prevails over Punjab plains, KPK

ISLAMABAD: Thick smog continued to blanket plain areas of Punjab and some parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday morning. According to Control Room of Motorway Police, Motorway M-2 from Balkasar to Lahore, M-3 from Pindi Bhattian to Faisalabad and M-4 from Faisalabad to Gojra are closed for all kind of traffic due to dense smog…

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Smog condition persists; different Motorway section closed

ISLAMABAD: Various sections of Pakistan Motorway have been closed for traffic due to dense smog. According to Motorway police, M-I has been closed from Swabi to Peshawar, M-II from Kallar Kahar to Lahore and M-IV from Faisalabad to Gujran and Khaniwal to Multan. Commuters have been advised to access helpline 130 and Control Room number…

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Smog causes cancellation, delays in flights

LAHORE: At least 10 flights across the country were cancelled due to heavy fog, Samaa reported on Sunday. According to details, the flight operation became affected after visibility level reached zero. Six domestic and international flights from across the country were cancelled where 11 were delayed. Four flights from Lahore to other cities of the…

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Thick smog prevails over Punjab plains, some KPK areas

LAHORE: Thick smog continued to blanket the plain areas of Punjab and some parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Saturday morning. According to Control Room of Motorway Police, Motorway M-1 from Peshawar to Swabi, M-2 from Kot-Momin to Lahore, M-3 from Pindi Bhattian to Faisalabad and M-4 from Gojra to Faisalabad are closed for all kind…

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Smog may harm bones in older adults: study

ISLAMABAD: Besides respiratory infections, regular exposure to air pollution, especially the sooty black material emitted from gas and diesel engines, may also increase the risk of bone fractures, finds a study. Researchers analyzed data on 9.2 million Medicare enrollees in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic area who had been hospitalized for fractures from 2003 to 2010, according to…

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In Lahore, Smog Has Become a ‘Fifth Season’

LAHORE: For nearly two weeks, Lahore, Pakistan’s second-largest city, has been like one huge airport smokers’ lounge. But Abid Omar’s jaw still dropped on Wednesday, when he checked the air-quality monitor he had installed to track the city’s appalling pollution, reported New York Times. It said that levels of the dangerous particulates known as PM2.5,…

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Video: Smog likely to subside into fog with wet spell expected to start from weekend

Islamabad: Current smog in plain areas of Punjab may subside with the wet spell likely to start on the coming weekend from upper parts of the country, while later expanding to other areas gradually and expected to continue til Tuesday. An official of Met office said that on Saturday, light rain may occur at Malakand,…

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Thousands of schools close as smog envelopes India, Pakistan

Lahore/New Delhi: Schools closed across large swathes of north India on Thursday as pollution hit hazardous levels for the third day, with growing calls for urgent government action to tackle what doctors are calling a public health emergency. Punjab’s government said it was closing all 25,000 schools in the state for the rest of the…

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Smog continues to wreak havoc in Punjab

ISLAMABAD: Thick blanket of smog has continued to wreak havoc in parts of Punjab as flight and train operations remained suspended on Thursday morning. The routine activities of the public suffered a setback as fog engulfed the province. The traffic flow also got affected and created problems for the people as they failed to reach…

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Does salt lamp offer solution to smog problem?

Smog filled the air in Punjab and disturbed the tranquility of citizens. The health conscious people are looking for ways to breathe in clear air. Some people are resorting to salt lamp as solution to this problem. They say the salt lamp is helpful against not only the air pollution but also it does away…

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Schools timings revised due to smog

LAHORE: :All public and private sectors educational institutions in the Punjab shall observe school timings 9:00 am to 2:30 pm from Monday to Thursday and on Saturdays. On Friday, the school timings will be from 9:00 am to 12:15 pm. Secretary Schools Education Department Punjab Dr. Allah Bakhsh Malik has issued a notification in this…

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PM directs relevant departments to address smog related power outages

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Tuesday directed greater coordination among relevant departments and advance planning to meet the situation caused by the dry spell and the smog that was causing tripping of electricity transmission lines. While chairing a meeting to review power generation and demand supply situation in the country here at the PM…

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Smoggy conditions to continue in November

ISLAMABAD: The noxious smog engulfing large parts of upper Punjab is unlikely to die down for now as rain is not expected this month. According to Met Office, fog and smog with variable intensity is likely to prevail in the plain areas of Punjab, KP and upper Sindh during November. Met Office said less than…

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Commuters face problems as fog intensifies in Punjab cities

LAHORE: Allama Iqbal International Airport and Motorway have been closed on Tuesday as visibility dropped to zero under thickened fog blanketing several Punjab cities. Citizens are facing severe problems as the fog prevailed over different Punjab cities including Lahore. The motorists are using fog lights and hazard lights to avert accidents. Motorway has been closed…

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Weather forecast: Dry spell likely to continue in next 24 hours

ISLAMABAD: Mainly dry weather is expected to prevail in most parts of the country during the next 24 hours as continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country, Met Department said Monday. Dense foggy/smoggy conditions are expected over plain areas of Punjab and foggy over central and lower Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and upper Sindh….

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