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Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.



Published Date: May 31, 2020

COVID-19 Vs Climate: Greenhouse Emission Dropped To A Commendable Proportion

LAHORE, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 31st May, 2020 ) :The worldwide safety measures to restrict mobility and physical interactions of people to halt the spread of deadly coronavirus have affected the socio-economic landscape of the globe.

However, the consistent measures of the world community during the last six months to contain the spread of virus had also helped in dropping the greenhouse gases’ emission level to a commendable proportion.

Globally, the socio-economic activities have declined which resulted in halting operations of power plants and industrial units. Likewise, the transport operations were also restricted to a great deal.

Therefore, around the world the air pollution has dramatically reduced. The situation had led towards reduction in concentrations of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter in the major cities of the world.

According to latest statistics of the World Health Organization (WHO), the coronavirus pandemic had globally generated an unprecedented impact on environment and eco-degradation.

The WHO in its recent report has said breathing air quality was essential for people health as 90 percent world population was living in such residential zones where poor air quality had exceeded the permissible limits.

However, the COVID-19 had also complicated the eco-degradation process as in major cities, the recycling methods had been suspended due to transport and machinery halt.

The United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur Mr. David R. Boyd said COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of having a safe, clean and sustainable natural environment by ensuring the standards of mitigating the eco-degradation.

He, however, expressed concerns over lowering the environmental standards or related measures around the globe.

Mr. Boyd said that the science was clear that people living in areas that have experienced higher levels of air pollution, faced increased risk of premature death from COVID-19.

He said that access to clean water was essential in preventing people from contracting and spreading the virus.

Talking to APP, noted environmentalist, Dr Mehmood Khalid Qamar said due to the lockdowns nitrous and carbon dioxides emission had dropped to a significant level.

An official of Pakistan Meteorological Department said the reduced transport activities in Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Quetta had positive sign on air quality during the last two months.

Similarly, the United States Space Agency, NASA’s Earth Observatory has released satellite photos amid the pandemic spread, addressing eco-degradation patterns, which occurred due to non-movement of motor vehicles drastically and show that the climate change impact on eco-degradation was immense, whereas environmental pollution has been declined.

The Sustainable Development Policy institute (SDPI) climate change expert Kashif Salik said that amid COVID-19, the price of oil has slumped down almost two-thirds since December 2019, adding, the vehicles’ sales has fallen significantly since March, 2020, with motorway traffic down by 83 percent, which has a direct impact on human eco-cycle. He said that Covid-19 has changed the universal lifestyles of human.

According to the local Meteorological office data, the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Lahore has significantly improved since the government has limited the movement of people and transport amid the COVID-19.

A senior pulmonologist of Jinnah Hospital said after a very long time the Lahore city has witnessed a very fine quality of air, adding, the patients of respiratory disorders were not complaining about the breath shortness, stinging eyes or nausea problems.