R744: This month national stakeholders, industry, civil society, government officials and international environment experts gathered in Kabul to raise awareness of and implement a national phase-out plan for HCFCs (hydrocholoflurocarbons) – an ODP substance that harms the ozone layer. Click here to read more (external link).
Press TV July 10, 2017 Afghanistan says it plans to construct 20 more dams in face of warnings that the move could undermine life in some of its neighboring countries, specifically Iran. Afghanistan’s Energy and Water Ministry in a statement said the new dams would be large and medium-sized, and that they would be mostly
Ayaz Gul VOA News July 7, 2017 Residents and civil society activists staged a protest Friday in southern Afghanistan to denounce neighboring Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani for criticizing Afghan water management and dam projects. Hundreds of demonstrators peacefully marched through the streets of Lashkargah, capital of Helmand province near the Iranian border. They chanted, “Death
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty June 26, 2017 A remote region of northeast Afghanistan has been hit by a 5.4-magnitude earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports. The USGS said the earthquake hit at 4 a.m. on June 26 in a remote village of the Kuran wa Munjan district in Badakhshan Province, near the border of
Khalil Noorzai Gulrahim Niazman VOA News May 4, 2017 HERAT, AFGHANISTAN — Farmers in some parts of Afghanistan are trying to revive pistachio crops as an alternative to the opium poppy crops, but they are running into problems with Taliban taking a cut to supplement its income. “We work hard here to cultivate pistachio and benefit
REACH Initiative: In October 2015, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Badakhshan province, leaving over a hundred dead and tens of thousands displaced across Afghanistan’s most mountainous region. The earthquake struck during the lead up to winter, which only exacerbated the need to provide immediate winterized shelter assistance. Given the difficulty of accessing many affected areas, cash
Tolo News: Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW) on Sunday said currently people are using too much underground water in Kabul and if the problem is not solved, the city will face serious water shortages in the next few years. Officials at the ministry said in addition to overuse, the lack of sewage systems has led
Tolo News: At least six people have died in flash floods in Herat since Wednesday night, officials confirmed Thursday. According to them, dozens of businesses and houses have been badly damaged following heavy rains in the past few days. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: At least eight people were killed Sunday night when avalanches hit Shahr-e-Bozorg district of Badakhshan province, local officials said on Monday. The incident took place in Shakhya Par village of the Shahr-e-Bozorg district and injured eight other villagers, officials said. The avalanches took place after the province experienced heavy snow falls on the 10th
VOA News February 26, 2017 A Taliban leader has issued a statement in four languages calling on Afghans to plant more trees. The rare public announcement comes amid fears of fresh attacks that usually spike during springtime. Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada said Sunday, “the Mujahideen and beloved countrymen must join hands in tree planting”