ScienceMag: The Hamoun wetlands, which once encompassed as much as 5800 square kilometers along Iran’s border with Afghanistan and supported settlements stretching back 5 millennia, “are an ecological catastrophe,”… On the Iranian side, villages are emptying. Winds in what has become a dust bowl ravage crops and sweep up pesticide residues and other pollutants. And a
VOA News January 31, 2018 A young Pakistani girl was killed Wednesday by a strong earthquake that struck several thousand kilometers away in northeast Afghanistan. The U.S. Geological Survey says the epicenter of the 6.1 magnitude quake was located about 35 kilometers south of Jarm in the Hindu Kush region near the border with Tajikistan,
Reuters: The H5 virus was detected in a backyard in Kabul where it killed 6 birds and in the Bagrami village nearby, where it killed 15, the Paris-based OIE said in a report posted on its website. Click here to read more (external link).
KABUL, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) — A slight quake jolted Afghanistan’s northeastern Badakhshan, Takhar and the northern Kunduz and Baghlan provinces on Sunday, but no casualty has been reported. The tremor, according to locals and officials, occurred at around 01:40 p.m. local time in the said areas. “The tremor struck Badakhshan province but fortunately it was not
Tolo News: The study entitled Psycho-physical Effects of Environmental Pollution on the Health of Kabul Citizens, shows that at least 10 percent of water in 22 districts of Kabul is contaminated with nitrate substances, which according to the study, it can cause kidney damage and other ailments. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: The number of respiratory diseases among children is on the rise because of air pollution in Kabul and in other provinces. Using low-quality fuels for warming houses in some towns and big buildings in Kabul is one of the main causes of polluted air. Click here to read more (external link).
VOA News October 28, 2017 An earthquake struck in a mountainous region in northeastern Afghanistan late Saturday and could be felt in nearby Pakistan. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 5.2 magnitude quake in the Hindu Kush region, while the Pakistan Meteorological Department recorded the temblor at 5.7 magnitude. There were no immediate reports of
1TV: Groundwater levels have declined in Afghan capital Kabul by meters, officials said Monday. Mohammad Naeem Tokhi, the director of hydrology department at Ministry of Energy and Water, said that the rate of decline in groundwater levels is between 1 and 22 meters. Apart from quantity, the quality of ground water in the city is also deteriorating.
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