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KARACHI: Pundits have just conducted a study aimed at identifying illegitimate wildlife trade in Pakistan.
According to the surveys, conducted in 23 cities’ 55 markets across the country, it transpired that Port city tops the list with 12 markets and 42 shops when it comes to buy and sell animals/species unlawfully.
Whereas, Peshawar got the second position with seven markets and 33 shops. However, no such markets have been found in Islamabad, Gwadar, Jiwani, Murree and Nagarparkar localities, claimed the study titled An assessment of the scale of illegal wildlife trade in Pakistan.
It is to be noted that ingestion of dried meat of the Indian cobra and sand lizard has been reported extensively in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.
The illegitimate trade of pets was mainly reported in bigger districts like Karachi and Lahore as the demand here for exotic pets is high.
The panel discovered some 55 wildlife species, of which 40 percent were mammals (leopard cat, Indian palm civet, Pallas cat, chinkara, hog deer, grey langur, Asiatic jackal, Indian pangolin, rhesus monkey, common leopard, African lion and Himalayan black bear cubs), 39 percent birds, 19 percent reptiles, whereas only 2 percent were invertebrates (Arachnida).
It was also pointed out that the business of illegal wildlife trade is also going on upon websites so as to reach to more and more cities and provinces.
It is pertinent to mention here that wildlife and the police department bite their tongues instead of taking strict measures and thus, the illegal business is sweeping like wildfire here.
The study was authored by Dr. Uzma Khan and Hamera Aisha, supported by USAID and funded by World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-P). (Aimen Inam)
France says protests no excuse to curb climate battle
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KATOWICE: France said today at the UN climate talks it fears certain countries will exploit the “yellow vest” protests to curb their ambitions in the fight against global warming.
The “yellow vests”, clad in the luminous safety jackets carried by law in all French cars, began slowing or blocking traffic on roads around France last month in protest against anti-pollution fuel tax hikes.
The demonstrations have snowballed, leading to calls to topple French President Emmanuel Macron, accused of favoring the rich.
“It would be dangerous to blame the environment for this entire crisis. It’s a broader political, economic and social problem,” said Brune Poirson, French secretary of state for the ecological transition.
She spoke to reporters on the margins of the UN climate talks in Katowice, Poland, adding that she was notably there “to help countries decode” the situation in France.
“The ‘yellow vest’ movement is much broader and goes way beyond the single issue of ecological transition, so I believe one should not conflate things,” Poirson said.
“The risk is that other countries… will use what happened in France and reduce it to a question of ecological transition and a poorly received carbon tax in order to also curb their ambitions regarding the climate.”
Conceding the need to figure out a way to transition to clean energy “in the fairest way possible”, Poirson said, “the end goal remains the same, namely to get over our oil dependence and speed up the ecological transition”.
Officials from nearly 200 countries are meeting in Katowice until the end of the week to try to flesh out the promises agreed in the 2015 Paris climate accord.
Country to receive rain, snowfall: PMD
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) forecast rain and snowfall in upper and central parts of the country till Tuesday.
According to the weather advisory issued by PMD, a westerly wave is affecting western and upper parts and likely to affect central parts of the country.
According to PMD, rain with the thunderstorm is expected at scattered places in Quetta, Zhob, Malakand, Hazara, Mardan, Peshawar, Kohat, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sargodha, D.G.Khan divisions, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir, Bannu, D.I.Khan, Multan, Sahiwal, Bahawalpur, and Karachi divisions.
Snowfall is also predicted in Malakand division Swat, Chitral, Kalam Malamjabba, upper Dir, Hazara division, Murree, Galliyat, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Fog: 5 injured in a road accident
ISLAMABAD: Five persons were injured as nine vehicles collided on the M-2 Motorway this morning.
According to a spokesman of the Motorway Police, the accident occurred near Kala Shah Kaku on Lahore Islamabad Motorway due to dense fog. He said that the rescue and relief operation is underway at the moment.
Meanwhile, M-2 from Lahore to Islamabad, M-3 from Pindi Bhattian to Faisalabad and M-4 from Faisalabad to Gojra have been closed for all types of traffic.
The Motorway Police has advised the general public to avoid unnecessary traveling on national highways and motorways.