The Story Grant Programme for Atmospheric Issues: Selected participants

Shabina Faraz

Shabina Faraz is a freelance journalist and one of the pioneers of environmental journalism in Urdu print media in Pakistan. She started her career as an editor for Jassosi, an entertainment magazine and holds a Master’s degree in Urdu literature. She currently writes stories, TV dramas and articles for Daily Jang on issues such as development, women, children and health issues. 

She uses electronic media to discuss environmental issues, often sharing her research and giving insight into environmental and social issues. Documentaries on oil spills near the Karachi coast and marine pollution are examples of her work. 

She was awarded an Environmental Excellence award, and an Agahi award in 2013 as ‘journalist of the year’ in the Climate Change category, and is part of LEAD Pakistan’s leadership programme on Transboundary water issues. She can be reached at


 بلیک کاربن، قراقرم گلیشیئرز کے لیے نیا خطرہ [Urdu]
Black Carbon: A new threat to Karakoram glaciers 

Pakistan is high on the list of countries being affected by climate change. Threats like heavy rainfall, storms and floods are common, but new threats like black carbon have surfaced in recent times. If not addressed, the black carbon threat will surely lead to further increase in climate change.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), in its new study, has revealed the reason for the shrinking of glaciers in the region over the past 30 years. PMD Head, Ghulam Rasool, explains that ice samples from five glaciers in the Karakoram mountain range were collected and sent to a laboratory in China for isotopic analysis. It was found that a significant concentration of black carbon was present on the lower surface of the ice. He explains how carbon settles at the bottom of glaciers, and how the thick layer of black carbon formed acts as black cover, affecting the capacity of ice to reflect sunlight.
30 October 2016
Published on Daily Express
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بھورے بادل 
Smog and Asia brown cloud covering Pakistan and India Government should implement "pollution emergency"

The regional haze phenomenon, seen over major cities of Pakistan and India, Lahore and Delhi, is explored in the article. 

The article explains that in the last and first weeks of October and November 2016, most parts of Punjab including Lahore, Kasur, Mandi, Bahauddin and Faisalabad experienced a persistent occurrence of dense fog. It stressed that the pollution experienced in Pakistan, mostly in November, is a result of the transport of pollution from neighboring countries. 
20 November 2016
Published on Daily Express
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فضائی آلودگی کے پاکستان کی زراعت پر اثرات
Impacts of air pollution on agriculture

Air pollution is a problem that directly affects the economy, and it needs immediate attention. The article links the occurrence of fog with air pollution, and says that it has adverse effect on agriculture. It also mentions Pakistan's federal Environment Ministry which recently distributed a report in the media that warned about the potential impact of climate change on agriculture in the country.

The climate report includes six out of nine key areas directly related to cultivation and agriculture. The report said that an increase in extreme weather conditions has been noted in Pakistan. Ghulam Rasool, Director General of the Meteorological Department, is quoted explaining the impacts of air pollution on agriculture. The article mentions ICIMOD for its valuable research on air pollution in the region. 

25 December 2016
Published on Daily Express 

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