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LAHORE: The Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) forewarns that secluded heavy downpour is expected to hit upper districts including Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore divisions and Kashmir in the next 24 hours.
Yesterday (Wednesday 11th of July) Sialkot and some Azad Kashmir vicinities received heavy falls. According to details, the subsequent monsoon moist spells from the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea yet again turning their ways towards upper parts of the state.
They have already entered upper parts of the country up to 5,000 feet and are expected to boost more in the next 24 hours. The FFD officials further went on to assert that a fresh westerly wave is also expected to penetrate in upper parts of the country, bringing prolong phase of rains with the moisture.
It has further been learned that the said system is likely to give rain-thundershowers with gusty winds in the localities of Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Hazara divisions, Islamabad and Kashmir, whilst scattered and isolated places such as Malakand, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Sahiwal divisions, Fata and Gilgit-Baltistan will also be affected by the spell within next 24 hours.
It is pertinent to mention here the Met department had already forewarned the concerned officials pertaining the monsoon moist currents as the upper parts are expected to receive heavy downpours throughout the monsoon season. This is the best opportunity to secure water for this water-starved nation.
However, the political parties are busy in wooing people to claim that seat, whereas caretaker government, ostensibly with the intention to hold peaceful and rigging-free elections, is engaged keeping a watchful eye on the activities of politicians. One wonders what would happen to the common people who will have to bear the brunt of Mother Nature.
Interestingly, authorities who had so far failed to solve the water problem of the country are expecting that early rains would raise the falling levels at the reservoirs!
EU court rejects high diesel emissions limits
BRUSSELS: An EU court today rejected the “excessively high” diesel emissions limits Brussels set just after the scandal in which German carmaker Volkswagen cheated on emissions tests.
The General Court “annuls in part the (European) Commission’s regulation setting excessively high oxides of nitrogen emission limits for the tests for new light passenger and commercial vehicles,” it said. The Commission, the EU’s executive arm, aimed to set new norms to what existed already for emissions tests conducted in the laboratory but which lawmakers said accounted for differences in real driving conditions. By chance, the new limits were set weeks after the “Dieselgate” scandal erupted three years ago. Emissions laws have been a key target for environmental activists since the scandal erupted in 2015 when Volkswagen admitted to manipulating 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide to cheat regulatory emissions tests.
But the General Court, based in Luxembourg, upheld the actions taken by the cities of Paris, Brussels, and Madrid to annul the limits set by the Commission. “They submit that the Commission was not entitled to adopt the oxides of nitrogen emission values selected because they are less demanding than the limits set by the applicable Euro 6 standard,” the court said. The Euro 6 standard was set in 2007 by the European Parliament and the EU member countries concerning emissions from light passenger and commercial vehicles. The court ruled “the Commission did not have the power to amend the Euro 6 emission limits for the new real driving emission tests.”
Arctic warming drives changes in environment
WASHINGTON: Global warming is heating the Arctic at a record pace, and is driving “broad changes” in the Earth’s environment, warned an annual US-issued scientific study on the polar region today.
“The year 2018 was the second warmest year on record in the Arctic” since records began in 1900, said the peer-reviewed study, compiled by 81 scientists in 12 nations and issued by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“The collective results reported in the 2018 Arctic Report Card show that the effects of persistent Arctic warming continue to mount,” it added.
“Continued warming of the Arctic atmosphere and ocean are driving broad change in the environmental system in predicted and, also, unexpected ways.”onsequences of thawing.
Fashion giants commit to climate battle
KATOWICE: Dozens of top fashion industry firms have pledged at the UN climate talks to reduce their combined greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030.
“The fashion industry is always two steps ahead when it comes to defining world culture, so I am pleased to see it now also leading the way in terms of climate action,” UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa said in announcing the endeavour.
Industry giants joining the UN-led initiative include Adidas, Burberry, Esprit, Guess, Gap, H&M, Hugo Boss, Levi Strauss, Puma, Salomon and the Kering group, which owns Balenciaga, Gucci, and Yves Saint Laurent among others.
Maersk, one of the world’s largest container shipping companies, also signed the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action Monday on the margins of UN climate talks in Katowice, Poland.
The 43 firms have agreed to prioritise “climate-friendly” materials and low-carbon transport, and to stop installing coal-fired boilers at manufacturing sites from no later than 2025.
The companies have also pledged to explore so-called circular business models and encourage consumers to increase the lifespan of clothing, despite the “fast fashion” trend of frequently renewing entire wardrobes.
“If you look at the fashion industry, our history is maybe not the greatest when you talk about environmental performance,” Stefan Sidel, head of corporate sustainability at Puma, told reporters.
“So this time we want to get it right, upfront, we want to get active here and play an active role.”
The fashion industry is said to produce an estimated 10 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the industry “will require innovation and collaboration,” Burberry CEO Marco Gobbetti said.
“I want to call on my peers in the business, from other brands to retailers and suppliers, to sign up to this charter now,” added designer Stella McCartney.
“Collectively we have a voice and the capacity to make a difference.”