Bangladesh

Regional Cooperation Mooted at Tripartisan Media Meet

Oct 20th, 2011 | By
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Digital Journal:  Journalists from India, China and Bangladesh agreed to share information on climate change in Yarlung Zangbo/Brahmaputra river basin A group of journalists from India, China and Bangladesh have agreed to cooperate and share information in reporting effects of climate change on Yarlung Zangbo/Brahmaputra river basin. The decision followed a three days’ interaction among the group

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Climate change impact and health issues

Oct 17th, 2011 | By
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The Daily Star: Climate Change is ‘increasingly recognized as a public health priority’ according to WHO (2009) and Lancet (2011). Lancet, mentioned that climate change will have its greatest impact on those who already are the poorest in the world, and it will deepen inequities, and the effects of global warming will shape the future

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Bangladesh 5th most vulnerable country

Oct 11th, 2011 | By
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Bangladesh among 28 developing countries ranked fifth most vulnerable to climate change and hunger, said a new report. The ActionAid research report styled ‘On the Brink: Who’s Best Prepared for a Climate Change and Hunger Crisis?” reveals that Bangladesh is more vulnerable than its neighbours India, Pakistan and Nepal, who ranked 7, 14 and 16

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Philippines joins Bangladesh in Global Appeal for action on Environment

Oct 10th, 2011 | By
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Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation: MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines and Bangladesh joined forces for an initiative in the United Nations Human Rights Council to urge the international community to address the adverse effects of climate change on human rights. Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Evan P.

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The Pioneers of our Climate, Water and Food Security

Sep 26th, 2011 | By
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International Rivers: When the World Commission on Dams reviewed the development effectiveness of dams, multipurpose projects with large dams, power plants and irrigation schemes had the worst social, environmental and economic track record. As the world is grappling for appropriate answers to climate change, influential actors such as the World Bank want to give these

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Will climate change affect migration?

Sep 16th, 2011 | By
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Multi-American: Will climate change contribute to migration in the future as people are displaced? Many experts believe so, and the Migration Policy Institute is the latest to produce a report detailing how. According to the report, climate change stands to displace people in a number of countries as weather changes affect basic necessities like the

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Indo-Bangla study on Brahmaputra

Aug 24th, 2011 | By
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Telegraph India: Project to promote better understanding of management of natural resources. Scientists from India and Bangladesh have joined hands for an integrated understanding of the Brahmaputra and how river systems affect lives of people under an International Union for Conservation of Nature project. The project, Ecosystems for Life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative, is a civil

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Switzerland supports Bangladesh in adapting to climate change

Aug 8th, 2011 | By
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ACT: Dr. Urs Herren, Ambassador of Switzerland to Bangladesh, celebrated the National Day of Switzerland by addressing the government and citizens of Bangladesh in a published letter that highlights Swiss dedication to assisting with adaptation to climate change. The letter acknowledged that Switzerland and Bangladesh share the challenge of mitigating, and adapting to, climate change:

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Bangladesh set to receive carbon credits for composting

Aug 1st, 2011 | By




Alertnet: Bangladesh is getting involved in carbon credit trading with the certification of a recycling plant that converts organic waste into compost. “We collect some 100 tonnes of vegetable waste from two city markets daily and recycle it in our plant in the city’s suburbs through composting. If that waste had been dumped in the

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Amphibious houses float out of trouble in Bangladesh

Jul 30th, 2011 | By
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SciDevNet: Houses that rise on floats could provide safer homes in areas prone to floods and tsunamis, according to a Bangladesh-born US architect. Two such ‘amphibious’ house designs are being tested in Bangladesh, where proximity to the Ganges delta means that flooding is a frequent problem. When flash floods last occurred, in 2010, more than

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Food security amid climate change

Jul 29th, 2011 | By




The Financial Express: There is no way to look at agricultural research as having secondary importance, the first one being production and related activities. This is for the crucial reason of higher productivity to meet the even bigger demands for agro-products from accelerated consumption by the growing population of the country. But research in agriculture

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CSOs for ensuring transparency, social audit in implementing BCCSAP

Jul 26th, 2011 | By




The Financial Express: Civil Society Organiza-tions (CSOs) Sunday suggested for ensuring transparency and social audit in implementing the Bangladesh Climate Change Strategic Action Plan (BCCSAP) 2009. The CSO representatives recommended five action plans in this regard which includes need of high level political coordination, incorporation in the sixth five year plan, institutional reforms of different

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Climate Change Hits Mighty Himalayas

Jul 25th, 2011 | By




TheJournalist: WHEN THE four countries, Nepal, India, Bangladesh and including Bhutan, came together for the “Experts’ Group Meeting on Biodiversity” each country presented its own regional issues on the impacts of climate change. The agriculture and forests’ minister, Lyonpo Pema Gyamtsho said that a sound biodiversity was crucial for all aspects of human existence. However,

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Climate Change Will Bring ‘Sudden and Abrupt’ Shocks Worldwide

Jul 21st, 2011 | By




IBTimes: A senior United Nations official warned that climate change could become a catalyst for “sudden and abrupt” shocks worldwide and have “far-reaching implications for global stability and security.” Achim Steiner, executive director of the U.N. Environmental Program, told the U.N. Security Council Wednesday that natural resources are at risk. “There can be little doubt

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Teen girls face heaviest risk from climate impacts – report

Jul 21st, 2011 | By




Alertnet: At the intersection of two of the world’s most vulnerable groups – children and women – adolescent girls may end up bearing the biggest burden of climate change impacts, according to a new report. In times of economic hardship – often caused by droughts, floods or other natural disasters – girls regularly suffer from a

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The report Weathering the Storm: Adolescent Girls and Climate Change

Jul 20th, 2011 | By




Plan International’s new report, Weathering the Storm: Adolescent Girls and Climate Change, calls for better integration of the needs of adolescent girls in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes. The findings presented in the report are based on interviews with girls involved in Plan International’s programmes in Ethiopia and Bangladesh. We

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CPWF Ganges BDC launched and Advancing Sustainable Hydropower in China

Jul 19th, 2011 | By




The Ganges BDC R4D program was launched in Bangladesh on 1 June 2011. The event sponsored by the Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council (BARC) was held in their conference center and chaired by the BARC Executive Director Dr. Wais Kabir.  Presentations on the CPWF and the Ganges BDC were given by Boru Douthwaite of the CPWF

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Dhaka seeks fresh UK aid to tackle climate change

Jul 19th, 2011 | By




Gulftimes: Bangladesh has sought more British assistance in facing the impact of climate change in the South Asian country, one of the most vulnerable nations to global warming. President Zillur Rahman sought co-operation when outgoing British High Commissioner Stephen Evans paid a farewell call on him at the President’s Secretariat in Dhaka yesterday. Evans noted

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Challenges of Climate Change

Jul 16th, 2011 | By




NewsToday: Agriculture is always vulnerable to unfavorable weather events and climatic conditions. Despite technological advances such as improved crop varieties and irrigation systems, weather and climate are still key factors in agricultural productivity. Often the linkages between these key factors and production losses are obvious, but sometimes the linkages are less direct. The impacts of

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The Globe’s Not Only Getting Hotter, It’s More Unjust and Unstable, Too

Jul 15th, 2011 | By




HuffPostGreen: Over the next few decades, tens of millions of people will be driven from their homes. Braving violence and poverty, they’ll roam desperately across continents and borders in search of work and shelter. Unlike other refugees, though, their plight won’t be blamed simply on the familiar horrors of war or persecution; they’ll blame the

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Regional experts meet on biodiversity and climate change

Jul 14th, 2011 | By




Bhutan Govt.: It is a common knowledge that climate change is happening in the Himalayas with the rapid melting of glaciers, erratic and unpredictable weather, changing rainfall patterns and increasing temperatures. In order to build resilience to the impacts of climate change, the need was felt not only to address it at the national level

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Eco-friendly brick technique helps build a cleaner Bangladesh

Jul 13th, 2011 | By




UNDP: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have recently introduced energy efficient, smokeless brick-making technology to curb greenhouse gas emissions in Bangladesh. The new device, known as the Hybrid Hoffman Kiln, was originally developed in Germany to replace the older, highly pollutant brick-making technology. It was later modified in

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Riparian nations should ink pact: Expert

Jul 12th, 2011 | By




Assam Tribune: In the present juncture, it has become imperative for the four riparian nations – China, India, Bhutan and Bangladesh to enter into a water-sharing treaty for sustainable, equitable and judicious exploitation of water resources of the Brahmaputra river in a climate of trust and harmony. This observation was made by Prof Nayan Sarma,

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New US Program Funds Research Collaborations in Developing World

Jul 12th, 2011 | By




Science Mag News: The 13 million people living in Dhaka, Bangladesh, sit on an “earthquake bomb,” says seismologist Syed Humayun Akhter of the University of Dhaka. But as recently as a decade ago, he notes, there was not a single seismologist in the country. That yawning talent gap is slowly closing, thanks in part to

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Militarising climate change

Jul 11th, 2011 | By




Chinadialogue: Armed forces must join the fight against climate change, believes Major General Muniruzzaman. Here, the Bangladeshi strategist tells Isabel Hilton why. Major General Muniruzzaman is the president of the Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies in Dhaka. He has served as a senior officer of the Bangladesh Army and as an international peacekeeper

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Call for regional adaptation strategy

Jul 7th, 2011 | By




DailyStar: Broader regional collaboration on adaptation and joint meteorological data management and knowledge sharing to plan on water and food security must be achieved for water management in the face of climate change. The recommendations came at the end of a two-day consultative meeting yesterday between water experts of Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Bhutan. Ministry

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Murky realities in clean Ganges initiative

Jul 6th, 2011 | By




Asia Times: India has signed a deal for a US$1 billion loan from the World Bank that will go towards an ambitious project, Mission Clean Ganga, which aims at halting the discharge of untreated sewage and industrial effluents into the Ganga River (or Ganges) by 2020. Given the enormity of the challenge, many fear that

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UNDP Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin Highlights Projects in Africa, Asia and the Pacific

Jun 29th, 2011 | By




IISD: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the sixth issue of its Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin, a quarterly publication that provides an overview of the technical assistance to countries at the national, sub-national and community-levels. The Bulletin reports on projects carried out in Liberia, Cape Verde, Bangladesh, Lao PDR, Samoa and Cambodia. The issue

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Climate change and corruption in Bangladesh

Jun 28th, 2011 | By




Blog: A month ago, Transparency International’s ‘Global Corruption Report Climate Change‘ was released in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Since then, Transparency International Bangladesh has been working at both local and international level to keep up the pressure. It was fitting to launch the report from Bangladesh as the country is on the climate change front line, and

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Energy Efficient Brick Technology in Bangladesh

Jun 24th, 2011 | By




The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have recently introduced energy efficient, smokeless brick-making technology to curb greenhouse gas emissions in Bangladesh. The new device, known as the Hybrid Hoffman Kiln, was originally developed in Germany to replace the older, highly pollutant brick-making technology. It was later modified in China

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More research on climate change impacts stressed

Jun 24th, 2011 | By




News Today: Renowned experts and scientists have suggested for conducting more research on climate change impacts, the main challenges the humanity now faces for survival, to find out ways of adapting with the deteriorating situations, reports BSS. They urged for directing the research works towards finding out the impacts of climate change at communities, social,

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Bangladesh to sign MoU with US for low carbon development

Jun 14th, 2011 | By




Financial Express Bd: Bangladesh and the United States (US) are going to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) soon to foster broader cooperation in low carbon development and other areas of climate change. Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) Meshbah Ul Alam told the news agency after a bilateral meeting with the

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Danish Support to Climate Change Adaptation in Bangladesh

Jun 9th, 2011 | By




Environmental sustainability has for many years been a major concern for Denmark. Danish Development assistance and all development programmes are analysed for potential environmental impacts, including climate change proofing. In Bangladesh, Denmark is providing support to a number of climate change adaptation initiatives in cooperation with government agencies, NGOs and other international organisations. Climate change

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Leaving Behind the Legacy of a Healthy Environment

Jun 8th, 2011 | By




DailyStar: Planet Earth is our common home. In this entire universe, earth is the only known planet where living organisms can survive, evolve and regenerate. All the life-forms ranging from amoeba to blue whale, from algae to giant redwood tree and of course the human race totally depend on the natural resources of this blue

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It’s political instability, not climate: in Bangladesh

May 30th, 2011 | By




British High Commissioner in Dhaka Stephen Evans yesterday said the biggest threat to Bangladesh is not climate change but political violence and instability. “The biggest threat is not climate change…biggest threat is violence and instability. Political mistrust and the threat of confrontation run deep. The country can not afford to return to the politics of

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$26 billion needed to cope with climate change effects on energy sector

May 29th, 2011 | By




The United Nations Development Programme has estimated that Bangladesh’s energy sector would need $26.6 billion additional investment in the next 20 years to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change. The investment and financial flows will be required to lower carbon footprints of the energy sector in Bangladesh as it expands its supply of

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Inviting Disasters-in Himalayas

May 23rd, 2011 | By




Worldwide 214 river basins host 40 percent of the world’s population, and the Himalayas with huge stocks of water in the form of snow and ice, are the biggest source of surface fresh water in frozen form after the polar ice caps. The Himalayan region has an extremely fragile ecosystem and is source to 10

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Climate finance: The UK’s commitment

May 19th, 2011 | By




BRITISH Foreign Secretary William Hague has described climate change as “perhaps the twenty-first century’s biggest foreign policy challenge.” It requires, in the words of the UN Charter, international cooperation “in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural or humanitarian character.” Climate change is just such a problem and its impacts and costs fall disproportionally

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Indigenous peoples’ forum opens at UN with call to turn rights into reality

May 19th, 2011 | By




The annual United Nations forum aimed at advancing the rights of the estimated 370 million indigenous persons around the world opened with a call to turn those rights into a practical reality. More than 1,300 delegates are expected to participate in the two-week Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which is being held at UN Headquarters

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Bangladesh seeks Uttarakhand help on environment conservation

May 18th, 2011 | By




Uttarakhand can provide an able leadership to Bangladesh on environment conservation and climate change, Dhaka”s High Commissioner to India Tariq Ahmed Karim said here today. “Bangladesh has lost nearly 40 per cent of its forest wealth during the last two decades and we would try for an agreement with Dehra Dun-based Forest Research Institute (FRI)

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Invest adequate fund for adaptation, PM urges industrialised nations

May 17th, 2011 | By




Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged the industrialised nations to invest adequate accessible fund for adaptation by vulnerable economies. “The fund, we envisage should be adequate, sustainable and easily accessible to meet the full cost of adaptation,” she said while speaking at the high-level segment of the 16th Congress of World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) at

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Solution in seed research

May 15th, 2011 | By




Bangladesh needs to invest more on research to introduce improved varieties of seed for meeting the rising demand for foods by withstanding the negative impact of climate change, agriculture experts said yesterday. They also suggested diversifying crops and focusing more on livestock and fishery sectors anticipating that people would consume less rice and spend more

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Climate adaptation funds bypassing governments, conflict states – Experts

May 13th, 2011 | By




Figuring out how to raise the $100 billion a year in climate change assistance promised to poor nations is tough enough, but spending the money fairly and effectively may prove an even bigger challenge, climate finance experts warned this week. Early flows of money aimed at helping poor and vulnerable countries curb their emissions and

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Nepal: The Himalayan River Relations, War not a big deal

May 12th, 2011 | By




Rivers origin and flow: Both the northern and southern basins of Himalayan Asia are fed by the rivers originating in the Himalaya, the abode of snow. The Himalayan Mountains are the source of life and livelihood for the people of South Asia and China. Whether it is Brahmputra (Yarlung Zangbo Jiang), Mahakali-Karnali-Koshi-Gandaki, rivers of Indus

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Water Disputes In South Asia: Can Region Come Together? – Analysis

May 10th, 2011 | By




Several factors drive water disputes in South Asia. To solve the problems, it is critical to involve even China. Solutions must foster the sharing of water resources through increasing dialogue and building mutual trust. SOUTH ASIA is mired in disputes over water resources despite possessing three large rivers – the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Indus and

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Expanding Renewable Energy in Bangladesh

May 9th, 2011 | By




Providing power without intensifying the effects of climate change is a priority for the people of Bangladesh, who know all too well what rising seas and more frequent storms can do to their coastal nation. The Government of Bangladesh has established a goal of providing electrical power to all its citizens. Renewable energy is a

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The other CO2 problem

May 8th, 2011 | By




The global environmental threat is growing as the world is going to face another problem in near future alongside the global warming and climate change. The discovery of this emerging global problem is quite recent and it has received relatively little attention until now but within the next few decades it may turn out to

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Climate change spending at risk of fraud and corruption

May 1st, 2011 | By




Multi-billion pound spending on climate change and carbon markets could be wasted because of significant corruption and fraud, according to charity Transparency International. In a report to be released today the anti-corruption group will warn that all of the 20 countries most affected by climate change score badly on its corruption index. The industries likely

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World inching towards ice age: Expert

May 1st, 2011 | By




VARANASI: At a time when weather experts and environmentalists around the world are worried about the repercussions of climate change due to global warming, a young scientist from National Physical Laboratory (NPL), New Delhi, contrarily believes that the world is gearing to face ice age conditions, may be after 500 years. And, he has strong

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Bangladesh, India Most Threatened by Climate Change, Risk Study Finds

Apr 29th, 2011 | By




Bangladesh and India are the two countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change over the next 30 years, according to calculations by the British global risks analysis company Maplecroft. The same study determined that the countries least at risk from climate change are the Scandinavian nations and Ireland. The U.S. and much of Europe

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Hearts of poverty and climate change

Apr 29th, 2011 | By




Recently IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) published the Rural Poverty Report 2011. It provides a coherent and comprehensive look at rural poverty. The report urged that we need more food and need it now. To meet the food needs of the 21st century, the nations of the world must make it easy to live

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Climate-change planning should include family planning

Apr 25th, 2011 | By




The women of Kunderpara village are used to having water all around them. They live on an island in the middle of one of Bangladesh’s many large rivers. The women are even used to the occasional seasonal flood. But lately when the river floods, it takes on new, terrifying meaning. The women do all they

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The dwindling forests-Social forestation is welcome

Apr 23rd, 2011 | By




WE learn it from no less a person than the finance minister that forest coverage has come down to only nine percent. He emphasized on social afforestation and massive tree plantation in each village to face the climate change impacts. His observations came at the inaugural session of the first Bangladesh Forestry Congress 2011 held

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Bangladesh PM for int’l regime to address cross border migration

Apr 21st, 2011 | By




Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday stressed on establishing an international regime, preferably under the United Nations to address climate change induced cross border migration and internal displacement. “Since Bangladesh is likely to have huge human displacement due to climate change, we want establishment of an international regime under the UN to tackle the situation,”

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DFID to spend £1 bn by 2015

Apr 19th, 2011 | By




The Department for International Development (DFID) will spend £1 billion in Bangladesh until 2015, in efforts to encourage private investment, help the government deliver and finance social services and get more children into better schools. The UK-based development organisation will spend an average of £250 million per year in Bangladesh, from £150 million earlier, in

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Scaling up community-based adaptation

Apr 16th, 2011 | By




Charting a course among the long, narrow fishing boats that plied back and forth across the river, the ferryboat pulled in to Chila market. Election posters fluttered in the breeze. A young man pedaled past on a rickshaw, his distorted voice blaring out campaign slogans from a large megaphone. Flashes of electric blue caught the

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Climate trust fund details need to be made public

Apr 15th, 2011 | By




THE government should make ‘everything’ about the climate trust fund public, Saleemul Huq, senior fellow of the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development, said in an interview with New Age. If Bangladesh ‘does not spend the money well, it will spoil its reputation,’ he said in Dhaka on Monday. Saleemul Huq, a Bangladeshi scientist,

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Indiana University researchers get NASA grant to study climate change in Bangladesh

Apr 11th, 2011 | By




Faiz Rahman and Rinku Roy Chowdhury of the Indiana University Bloomington Department of Geography are receiving $637,000 from NASA to study the vulnerability of extensive mangrove forests in Bangladesh to climate change. The project is a collaboration by scientists from IU and the U.S. Forest Service. “There’s been a limited amount of research on the

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Countering Climate Change through Education in Bangladesh

Apr 11th, 2011 | By




The Iroquois people have a well-known saying: In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation. Sadly, generations of policy makers in industrialized nations have failed to heed this simple wisdom. The world’s youth have the responsibility of fixing the mistakes made in the past. The more we do to prepare them

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Bangladesh communities show how they adapt to climate change

Apr 5th, 2011 | By




Climate change experts meeting in Dhaka travel across Bangladesh to learn how vulnerable communities are rising to the challenge of coping with drought and flood While the world warms and negotiators representing nearly 200 governments gather this week in flood-stricken Thailand to argue over what to do about it, some of the world’s poorest communities

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