1TV: As many as 5,000 Afghans have died due to diseases caused by air pollution in the past one year, the country’s health ministry said on Sunday. Over the year, more than 20 million people visited health centers with respiratory diseases. Click here to read more (external link).
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty December 8, 2020 By Nimatullah Ahmadi and Nilly Kohzad FAIZABAD, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s mountainous northeastern province of Badakhshan, home to a plethora of rare and nearly extinct animals, is seeing an increase in illegal bird hunting despite a ban on such practices to preserve the region’s rich biodiversity. Environmental officials in Badakhshan
A factory in the Afghan city of Herat recycles plastic waste into filler material for insulation, pillows, and even clothing. Employing some 300 people, the factory plays an important economic role in the city as well as an environmental one.
Ariana: India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar announced on Tuesday at the Geneva Conference 2020 that his country will build a new dam to provide Kabul residents with safe drinking water. Addressing delegates virtually, Jaishankar said the Shahtoot dam will help supply Kabul residents with water. Click here to read more (external link).
Ariana: Afghanistan’s Meshrano Jirga (Upper House of Parliament) on Sunday summoned National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) officials, and Kabul municipal officials to answer questions over the high levels of pollution in Kabul city among other issues. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: Pakistani authorities seized 74 smuggled falcons belonging to “endangered species” in raids at a posh residential area in the southern port city of Karachi, a customs official said on Saturday (October 17). At a press conference, the customs collector Mohammad Saqif said the birds were smuggled from Afghanistan and were destined to be
India TV: An earthquake of magnitude 4.2 hit Afghanistan early on Thursday. According to the National Center for Seismology, the tremors were felt 237km NNE of Kabul, at 05:33:10 IST. There were no immediate reports of any loss of life or damage to property, because of the quake. Click here to read more (external link).
Reuters: Large-scale deforestation driven mainly by four decades of war has contributed to widespread flooding throughout Afghanistan, prompting many in rural areas to move to the capital Kabul or leave the country. Click here to read more (external link). Related Charikar flood survivors mourn dead as Afghanistan grows increasingly vulnerable to climate change
Tolo News: Flood-hit residents in Nijrab district of Kapisa province on Friday blamed the government for not providing any aid to those affected due to recent flooding in the province. The residents said they have lost all their belongings. Roads and infrastructures were also badly damaged in Nejrab, according to residents. “They took our phone
VOA News September 3, 2020 A Kabul-based company this week unveiled a fleet of locally made solar- and battery-powered passenger vehicles, as well as hybrid and conventional gas-powered cars and trucks, designed to give Afghans an alternative to imports. At a ceremony Wednesday in the Afghan capital, Amin Noor Industrial Companies introduced 11 vehicle models