Eni signs agreement for the acquisition of a new ultra-deepwater exploration block offshore Pakistan

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Eni has signed an agreement with the Pakistani Authorities and the state oil and gas company OGDCL for the acquisition of 25% and the operatorship of exploration license Offshore Indus Block G, located in Pakistan’s Indus Basin. The block, which is approximately 7,500 square kilometers, is located in ultra deep water of an under-explored and promising area offshore Pakistan, Eni says. Oil and gas blocks offshore Pakistan. Source: Pakistan Petroleum Information Service.

Halophytes potential feedstock for cellulosic ethanol in Pakistan

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Halophytic perennial grasses that thrive in saline areas could serve as a viable source for ligno-cellulosic feedstock for cellulosic ethanol as well and help reclaim vast stretches of unproductive land in Pakistan, according to a new study published in the Journal of Biomass and Bioenergy. Halophytes which produce plenty of biomass using saline resources (water and soil) may be an important alternative. SciDev.

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Report Finds Water Stress Rapidly Becoming Key Strategic Risk to Commerce; Impending Water/Energy Collision

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Water consumption or withdrawals per unit of energy produced, by energy type, in the United States. Among the increasing challenges is that while the sourcing, processing, and delivery of clean water is becoming more energy-intensive, the extraction and refining of fossil fuels and their substitutes is trending towards increasing water requirements per unit of fuel produced as energy companies work with progressively lower grade resources. Sectoral Water Risks.

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2018 Environmental Performance Index: Air quality top public health threat

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The global community is generally improving on a number of issues, such as health outcomes related to drinking water and sanitation and protection of marine ecosystems, while on other issues significant challenges remain. Substantial populations still suffer from poor air quality, most notably in India, China, and Pakistan. The 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) finds that air quality is the leading environmental threat to public health.

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Bionic Hand Gives Amputees Sense of Touch

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On a visit to Pakistan with his parents, 7-year-old Aadeel Akhtar met a girl his age who was missing her right leg. The Ability Hand is also water-resistant, Akhtar says. That was the first time he had met a person with a limb difference.

Munich Re: 2011 already the highest-ever loss year on record from natural catastrophes; led by Japan earthquake

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In 2010 prior to the world climate summit, Munich Re drew attention to the number and scale of weather-related natural catastrophes in the first nine months of that year: floods in central Europe, wildfires in Russia, widespread flooding in Pakistan. Brisbane itself was also severely hit although, contrary to what had been feared, the Brisbane River flood waters remained around a metre below the record level of 1974.

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