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Dr. Mehreen Mujtaba

Dr. Mehreen Mujtaba is a freelance consultant working in the areas of environment and health.

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Hunger games: poisoning the planet

We are addicted to the convenience of single-use plastic items; it can’t be said more simply than that. They have seeped so deeply into all aspects of our daily lives that we have even stopped questioning the viability and safety of using them in our homes.

June 12, 2018

Climate woes in Pakistan as global temperatures rise 

Temperatures have been hovering around 40 degrees Celsius in most parts of Pakistan for the better part of May and this trend is set to continue through June. The southern city of Nawabshah recorded a high of 50.2°C on May 2.  

May 29, 2018

Pakistan’s urgent need for roadmap to climate financing

Climate change is no longer a myth but a reality embodied in the growing carbon footprint of highly vulnerable countries like Pakistan. 

May 17, 2018

Water scarcity, national security and the dire need for hydro-diplomacy

Water covers 70 percent of our planet, and it is easy to assume that it will always be plentiful. On the contrary, fresh water reservoirs, which constitute 3 percent of the world’s water, are deemed fit for human consumption and used for irrigation.

April 02, 2018

Climate change is real — and we’re seeing it all around us

Stuck in my beachfront room on the third floor of a hotel in Tangier, Morocco, I could feel the strong gusts of wind blowing at 46 miles per hour and the angry waves crashing against the walls.

March 20, 2018

Time to take action on plastic waste

While driving through the snow-capped mountain ranges of northern Pakistan, one is enthralled by the breathtaking majesty of the views. Speckled among the verdant green valleys are turquoise blue lakes; the bucolic settings are ideal for nature lovers.

February 23, 2018