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Pakistan: The Road to COP21

(Published in Crisis Response Journal) The COP21 this year aims to put countries on the same page in the fight for the planet, and Pakistan needs to be making its own contribution – but as the author notes, it most likely will not. Can a developing country that is routinely […]

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15 years of the International Space Station: It’s a great time to be alive!

(Published in The Nation) The ISS is a joint venture between the US, Russia, Japan and EU, and more than 220 people from 17 countries have visited it since the year 2000. Its purpose is to serve as a micro-gravity and space environment research laboratory and where crew members conduct […]

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Mars has water! So is there anybody out there?

(Published in The Nation Pakistan) Before this, when people talked about water on Mars, it was with reference to ancient or frozen water. Earlier this year the Curiosity Rover detected the possibility of salty water below the surface, however the MRO discovery is the first evidence for the presence of […]

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Kepler 452b: Is there anybody out there?

(Published in The Nation Pakistan) Ladies and gents, we may very well have found Earth’s cousin, 1,400 light years away from us! NASA scientist John Grunsfeld has called this Earth 2.0. If Kepler 452 b turns out to be a rocky planet (this is yet to be confirmed), this bodes […]

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Hello Pluto! Exploring New Horizons

(Published in The Nation) On July 14, this coming Tuesday, a human made space craft will visit Pluto, the erstwhile planet, current dwarf planet. This is a world that is 3 billion miles away, in what is known as the Kuiper Belt (a disc of comets and small planets beyond […]

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No, India did not cause the heat wave in Karachi

(Published in The Nation Pakistan) Developing countries like Pakistan should contribute to global mitigation efforts, but more importantly, Pakistan needs a solid adaptation plan that will ensure that human and natural systems are made resilient to the impacts of a warming world. Click here.

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Celebrating the Earth

(Published in The Nation) Earth Day and for that matter many environment conservation efforts now have climate change as their central agenda. This is because our footprint on this planet has ensured that we continue to increase global temperatures to the extent that all other damage we have done through […]

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When will Pakistanis reach for the stars?

(Published in The Nation) It is good to take time away from politics and indulge in furthering our education about science and specifically about the universe.  Because this is important and this is the reason that other countries have gone far beyond us in so many ways (pun totally intended). Click […]

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Adapting to climate change

(Published in The Nation Pakistan) Over the past two decades it has become increasingly clear that climate is changing across the globe. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its first assessment report in 1990, highlighting this aspect. Since then, its subsequent reports have continued to provide further and […]

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