Category Archives: Environment

Dark Realities of Whitening Creams

A new research study by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) titled “Mercury Added Products: Exposure and Health Risks of Skin Whitening Creams (SWCs)” revealed startling facts of alarmingly high concentration of mercury contents in fairness creams.
Mercury is the third most hazardous substance of global concern and exposure to even small amount may cause serious health implications.
According to the study in some of the SWCs brands, the mercury contents level found as high as 20,000 ppm (parts per million) against the allowed limit of 1 ppm, which is criminal. Continue reading

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Sustainable poverty reduction requires reducing vulnerability and building resilience

In 2011, the national nutrition survey found 43.7 percent of the children stunted; from 41.6 percent ten years before. Malnutrition in children under five has shown no improvement in the last 46 years. Continue reading

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Climate Change: A Threat Multiplier

Climate Change is a threat, which is transnational, and not just confined to national boundaries. It has become a serious challenge for global security. Continue reading

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Problems of Peri-Urban Areas warrant immediate attention to policy

Over 40% of peri-urban households are not connected to tap water supply, and use pumps to draw water from shallow groundwater sources. As the sun sets over an impoverished household in Soling, located off Raiwind Road on the outskirts of … Continue reading

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Trade for peace in South Asia

Improved trade relations among South Asian states will definitely reduce conflicts between the rivals. ILLUSTRATION: JAMAL KHURSHID. In the 18th century, a French social critic and political philosopher, Montesquieu, thought that commerce improves manners and cures most destructive prejudices. The … Continue reading

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