Environment

February, 2024

  • 19 February

    Political Uncertainty in Pakistan May Hinder IMF Financing Agreement, Warns Fitch Ratings

    The growing evidence of the involvement of Pakistani military-led establishment in unprecedented rigging in the February 8 elections, which have clearly been won by the opposition Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf whose leader and former prime minister Imran Khan remains in jal, has put Pakistan on the slippery slope of unending cycle of political instability. Economists across the spectrum agree that Pakistan needs political stability, peace and major economic reforms to salvage its tanked economy, which as of now remains a distant possibility.

December, 2023

  • 16 December

    Water in a Warming World – These Cities are Testing Small-scale Treatment Systems

    San Francisco has emerged as a pioneer in extreme decentralization, with initiatives extending down to the individual building level. In some buildings, water tanks, filters and treatment in the basement make water reusable for activities such as flushing toilets.

  • 14 December

    Hard-fought COP28 Agreement Suggests the Days of Fossil Fuels are Numbered

    Despite the diplomatic achievement of an agreement that looked unlikely only hours earlier, it’s still hard to say the international community is taking this enormous challenge as seriously as it should.

July, 2023

  • 26 July

    How Well-managed Dams and Forecasting Can Limit Flooding in a Warming World

    An engineer who managed dams for years explains the tradeoffs operators make as they decide when to release water and how much to stay safe.

  • 23 July

    I watched Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer in Ukraine: His Greek Tragedy is our Reality

    Following the recent release of Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City, Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer continues to infuse summer 2023 with atomic energy. Stylistically, of course, the two couldn’t be more different. What Anderson shows as a blast outside a diner’s window that doesn’t so much as interrupt the characters’ coffee, Nolan shapes into a three-hour epic. And as a Ukrainian, I am …

  • 12 July

    Ambitious Solar Project to Join String of Coal Plants in Pakistan’s Thar District

    UK-based Oracle Power tells The Third Pole about a new solar project in the Thar desert, where the company is already exploring coal, as locals express skepticism about tall promises.

July, 2022

  • 8 July

    Boris Johnson Resigns as PM – Here’s Who Could Replace Him

    Johnson was not a typical leader, and his successor will have a difficult job. They will need to strengthen the Conservative party before the next general election (which could come sooner rather than later). They will need to distance themselves from the more problematic aspects of Johnson’s legacy, while steadying the ship and appealing to the electorate.

June, 2022

  • 14 June

    Timely Warnings Avert Loss of Life from Surging Glacier in Pakistan

    Floods rage through the Hunza valley every year from an unstable lake below the Shishper glacier, but an early warning system gives people time to evacuate.

December, 2021

  • 31 December

    4 New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier Environment in 2022

    Collectively, thinking about our relationship with nature and finding ways to protect the environment can help us be better stewards of the planet.

November, 2020

  • 25 November

    How Biden and Kerry Could Rebuild America’s Global Climate Leadership

    Strengthening cooperation and partnerships with like-minded countries will be critical to bring about a transition to cleaner energy as well as sustainability in agriculture, forestry, water and other sectors of the global economy.