Bangladesh

Better communication key to help vulnerable adapt to climate change

Apr 5th, 2011 | By




DHAKA, April 1 (BSS) – A major international conference ended this week in the city has strong recommendations to focus on better science analysis and communications to help communities in developing countries to adapt to climate change. More than 300 participants from 60 countries attended the 5th International Conference on Community Based Adaptation to Climate

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Govt. launches programme to fight climate change

Mar 6th, 2011 | By




The government was planning to introduce new varieties of food crops and cultivation methods to fight global climate change, officials said yesterday.  The new range of food crops would include the cultivation of several new paddy varieties, short term crops, inter seasonal crops, green house cultivation methods etc. Approximately 157,000 hectares of paddy, out of

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British aid to Bangladesh to double

Mar 6th, 2011 | By




The British government will double its aid to Bangladesh over the next four years. The decision came following a major review of UK’s global aid programmes, said a British High Commission press release on Wednesday. It said, “By 2015, it will increase its aid to Bangladesh to an average of 250 million pound sterling per

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Bryn Mawr Delegation Finds Inspiration, Opportunity, and Plenty of Traffic in Bangladesh

Feb 26th, 2011 | By




Bangladesh is one of the world’s most densely populated countries, and for the first-time visitor, the most immediate and striking impression of its capital city is often made by the traffic, Associate Professor of Political Science Jeremy Elkins told an audience in Bryn Mawr’s Campus Center on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Elkins was explaining the presence

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World Bank to give Tk 250 crore for wildlife conservation-Bangladesh

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By




The World Bank would provide Tk 250 crore to Bangladesh as a grant for financing the strengthening of regional cooperation for wildlife conservation project. Supported by the World Bank, the project, which is awaiting the nod of the Planning Commission, will be implemented by four countries including Bangladesh. The three other countries are India, Nepal

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Korea to help restore Bangladesh river system

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By




South Korea on Tuesday offered Bangladesh to provide with necessary know-how for river training and management in the light of its experience of restoring four major river system- Han, Nakdong, Geum and Yeongsan, reports BSS. South Korean Environment Minister Lee Maanee extended the offer at a bilateral luncheon meeting with State Minister for Environment and

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Coping with climate change

Feb 22nd, 2011 | By




BANGLADESH has been identified as one of the countries to be worst affected by climate change for globally polluting activities of the rich and developed countries . From this recognition – and actions in fulfillment of those promises are entirely different things here — promises have come from such countries that they would be “willing”

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Prioritising actions for facilitating land accretion

Feb 21st, 2011 | By




SATELLITE images dating back to 1973 and old maps earlier than that showed some 1,000 square kilometres of land rose in the Bay of Bengal. Bangladesh has, otherwise, been reportedly increasing in size. This somewhat contradicts forecasts — made in recent years — that parts of this country would disappear under water due to global

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1st International Conference on Climate Change Effects and Energy Development of Bangladesh-ICCEB

Feb 21st, 2011 | By




According to the 4th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report (2007), world temperatures could rise by between 1.1 and 6.4 ºC (2.0 and 11.5 ºF) during the 21st century. Sea levels will probably rise by 18 to 59 cm (7.08 to 23.22 in). There will be more frequent warm spells, heat waves, and heavy

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Support of int’l community needs to combat climate change: PM Sheikh Hasina

Feb 21st, 2011 | By




Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sought support of developed and developing countries, including South Korea, to help implement the 134-point action plan adopted by her government to combat the adverse impacts of climate change caused by global warming. The Prime Minister sought the support when visiting South Korean Environment Minister Maanee Lee paid a courtesy call

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Climate Justice must be argued from human rights perspective, Mary Robinson at a BRAC round table on climate change

Feb 15th, 2011 | By




Bangladeshis should not portray themselves as victims, but rather should demand compensation for adaptation to climate change as their right”, said Mary Robinson, visiting former President of Ireland at a round table meeting hosted by BRAC and BRAC University on Climate Justice.  The meeting was chaired by Dr. Mahabub Hossain, Executive Director of BRAC, with

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Bangladesh deserves climate justice

Feb 14th, 2011 | By




Staff Correspondent  -Environment and Forest state minister Hasan Mahmud on Wednesday said the countries responsible for high rate of carbon emission should compensate countries like Bangladesh for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. ‘We want compensation from the responsible parties… we do not want assistance,’ Mahmud said, adding that Bangladesh needs at least $ 5 billion

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Bangladesh to get 3.40m Swiss Francs to fight climate change

Feb 6th, 2011 | By




To carry out climate change adaptation and mitigation measures, Switzerland is immediately providing 3.40 million Swiss Francs by 2012 to the Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund (BCCRF) as part of its global commitment to fight climate change. The Ambassador of Switzerland to Bangladesh Dr. Urs Herren informed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina when he called on

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Meeting Prepares Road Map for Climate Summit

Jan 27th, 2011 | By




It is already established that climate change is happening in the Himalayas. Rapid melting of glaciers, erratic and unpredictable weather, changing rainfall patterns and increasing temperatures impinge on the ability of mountain populace to sustain their livelihoods. The consequences of such changes on food, water and energy security increasingly feature as the most important concerns

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SAARC fails to reach goal

Jan 22nd, 2011 | By




Civil society members, academia, and development and women rights activists from South Asian countries participated in the conference. People’s Saarc organised it at the Jatiya Press Club in the city marking the two-day international seminar “Envisioning new South Asia: People’s perspective” held on January 18-19 in Dhaka. The speakers said regional unity can be a

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Urgent call to save Bangladesh from the impact of climate change

Jan 17th, 2011 | By




Bangladesh is in the firing line of climate change, and the Bangladeshi government have called for action to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Low lying land will be the first, and worst, hit by climate change and at an International Symposium on Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia Bangladesh put forward a 12-point

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Arable land remains fallow due to climate change: Study

Jan 9th, 2011 | By




About 30-50 per cent of cultivable land in the country’s coastal region remains fallow in rabi and Kharif-I seasons due to climate change, according to a recent study, reports UNB. The study pinpointed the main reasons as soil wetness, water stagnancy, tidal surges, drought and increased salinity triggered by climate change as well as expansion

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Climate change bribery won’t work

Jan 7th, 2011 | By




Climate finance aid to poor countries is a sideshow to the main event, which is for rich nations to stop screwing the planet up. Commentators are almost unanimous that the most positive outcome of the Cancún summit on climate change was the vague procedural notion that multilateral action on global warming is “back on track”.

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Bangladesh in 2030

Jan 7th, 2011 | By




Some of our VIPs, political leaders, bureaucrats and economists have predicted that by the year 2030 Bangladesh will become one of the 30 rich countries in the world and our per capita income will be US$4000 , which was US$925 in 2009. Well, let our dream come true. For the last few years, local and

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What Lies Ahead In 2011?

Jan 5th, 2011 | By




At the global level, on the issue of tackling climate change, the year 2010 started disastrously with the failure of the negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the fifteenth Conference of Parties (COP15) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2009, with the recriminations of that failure continuing well into 2010.

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Climate Summit for Living Himalaya-Bhutan October 2011

Jan 3rd, 2011 | By




In the face of Climate Change, there is urgent need for Himalayan nations to build resilience to buffer the impacts of Climate Change and generate resources for adaptation, capacity building, and technology transfer. Such actions can no longer wait for a global agreement. In the Himalayas where the impacts of global climate are manifesting at

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Adapting agriculture to climate change

Jan 2nd, 2011 | By




Climate change the ultimate global warming impact due to green house effect is changing most of our traditional agricultural practices as the seasonal cycle and rainfall pattern have changed, droughts have become more frequent, violent stresses of natural disasters like cyclones, earth quakes, prolonged floods, salt water intrusions are increasing day by day. The average

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Bhutan 2010: Foreign Policy Developments

Jan 2nd, 2011 | By




If one looks at the pattern of continuity and change in Bhutan’s foreign policy in 2010, perhaps not much has changed. India–Bhutan relations continue to follow a positive trajectory and over the past few years bilateral relations have evolved into a comprehensive partnership encompassing a wide range of issue areas. While hydro-power tops the list

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Develop New Crop varieties to Face Climate Change

Dec 29th, 2010 | By




Climate and agriculture experts stressed the need for improving water-use efficiency in irrigation and inventing new varieties of crops to cope with the global climate change and ensure food security. At a workshop, they also suggested enhancing the capacity of the government machinery for developing and implementing agricultural projects to encourage donors for quick disbursement

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Build capacity to utilise climate funds- Speakers call at roundtable

Dec 29th, 2010 | By




Bangladesh should concentrate on building capacity to utilise the climate-change fund as it will start to receive the money soon, said speakers at a roundtable yesterday. The speakers also said the money would start flowing in as soon as the necessary process to receive the fund is completed. The roundtable was organised by the United

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Cancun summit, a Bangladeshi Mumtaz and what should we do?

Dec 29th, 2010 | By




AS the latest UN climate change summit comes to an end in Cancun, Mexico, there is a feeling of optimism towards an agreement of a new fair climate fund to help poorer countries deal with a changing climate. However progress is still desperately needed to ensure that crucial decisions are made on how to raise

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Efficiently utilizing adaptation fund-Performance should be verifiable as well as measurable

Dec 29th, 2010 | By




Bangladesh’s extreme vulnerability to climate change has been well recognized by the developed nations and especially by the relevant international forums. So, it is only expected that Bangladesh is a strong candidate to draw the Green Climate Fund pledged by the rich countries at the recently held Cancun Climate Summit. But once the country begins

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Global warming cause of glacial melting and glacial floods

Dec 21st, 2010 | By




People in the Himalayas and other mountain areas must prepare for a tough and unpredictable future due to the rapid melting of glaciers caused by climate change, according to a new UN report. Glaciers in Patagonia and in Alaska have been losing mass faster and for longer than glaciers in other parts of the world,

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Climate-change migration around the world

Dec 18th, 2010 | By




PAKISTAN: The torrential rains that began in July of this year, during monsoon season, caused massive flooding, submerging one-fifth of the country’s land mass and forcing large-scale population movement. According to the United Nations, the flooding caused the greatest humanitarian crisis in recent history, affecting more people than the 2004 Asian tsunami and the recent

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Bangladesh: Climate Change-DFID’s Work

Dec 17th, 2010 | By




Anne Main (St Albans, Conservative) Question: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on climate change adaptation for smallholder farmers in Bangladesh in each of the last five years; and what proportion of his Department’s expenditure on (a) climate change measures overseas, (b) climate change adaptation overseas,

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Decision Making in a Changing Climate

Dec 15th, 2010 | By




What are countries doing to prepare for climate change? A World Resources Report side event in Cancun highlights pioneering case studies from the developing world Adapting to climate change presents a monumental task for national governments, especially those in the developing world. Last week at the UNFCCC climate meeting in Cancun, our side event highlighted

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South Asian bloc active at climate meeting

Dec 11th, 2010 | By




Criticised for doing little for years now, a regional bloc of South Asian countries has shown signs of trying to become active at the Cancun summit. But will it mean anything for the region that many scientists believe hosts some of the most vulnerable countries to climate change with one of the poorest populations? The

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Challenges of Climate Change in the Mountains Highlighted in Cancun

Dec 6th, 2010 | By




Experts from leading institutions and government organisations working in the field of climate change in the Himalayan region called attention to mountain issues and challenges in the light of climate change. They linked these issues to the debate on how to mainstream the sustainable development agenda while planning adaptation and mitigation activities, including the management

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Two thirds of states seen highly vulnerable to climate change by 2030

Dec 5th, 2010 | By




LONDON (AlertNet) – Around two thirds of countries will become highly vulnerable to climate change by 2030, unless efforts to tackle global warming are stepped up fast, according to an international index launched on Friday. The “Climate Vulnerability Monitor“, backed by leading climate experts, assesses 184 countries according to the estimated effects of climate change

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SAARC to be climate talks observer

Dec 1st, 2010 | By




CANCUN: The 16th Conference of 194 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change kicked off here today with a plea to commit and compromise for tackling climate change. As in the past, the speakers urged the countries to come up with specific and clear solutions to check degradation of the environment. However,

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Focused Action: Priorities for Addressing Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific

Aug 17th, 2010 | By




Continued poverty reduction in Asia and the Pacific will not be possible without proactive efforts to mitigate the causes of global warming and help the region—especially its most vulnerable citizens in both rural and urban settings, the poor, women, children, and the elderly—adapt to the impacts of climate change. In response to the dire social

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Disburse Climate Funds quickly-Bangladesh PM

May 31st, 2010 | By




Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday lamented slow progress of climate negotiation, and the delay in disbursement of $30 billion pledged by the developed countries for the poor countries to combat climate change fallouts. “Unfortunately, the provisions and mechanisms in the existing framework have failed to secure resources required for financing adaptation actions on the ground,”

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Global Warming — Fact or Myth?

Apr 10th, 2010 | By




4.9.2010 9:37 AM, By Dan Shapley 6 Common Misunderstandings About Global Warming. Or is that Climate Change? Myth or fact? There are a lot of misconceptions about global warming that have cropped up in recent months. Here’s a look at some of them: Fact or Myth? “Snowmageddon” and all those other weird U.S. snowstorms this

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Melting Himalayan Glaciers Threaten Major Asian Rivers

Apr 8th, 2010 | By




Thana Poopat, Asia News Network, Publication Date : 01-04-2010 Of all the adverse impacts of climate change that are being played out in the high mountains of the Greater Himalayan Region, the most ominous and potentially devastating is the rapidly melting glaciers that threaten to disrupt the flow of major rivers that provide a lifeline

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Mountains are Early Indicator of Climate Change

Apr 1st, 2010 | By




The environmental change, which may be induced by those phenomena also known as “climate change” in different regions of the world, has become a primary item on the global agenda. Much attention has been recently devoted to this modification in the climate, many studies started and several environmental cooperation initiatives launched. Still, a growing attention

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Melting Himalayas – ICIMOD’s Comments on a Turbulent Debate

Mar 31st, 2010 | By




21 January 2010, ICIMOD, Nepal The debate on the rate of melting of the Himalayan glaciers has gained momentum in recent days. The debate has centred on the statement made in the IPCC AR4 Working Group II report that the Himalayan glaciers are retreating faster than in any other part of the world and at the

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Climate Himalaya-the Changing Scenario of Himalayan Mountains

Mar 9th, 2010 | By




The blog is about the ongoing variability in climate condition and extremes in the Western Himalayan Mountains. This blog will contain information related to the phenomena affecting the climatic conditions in Himalayan Mountains, various influencing factors, the variability aspects, extremes, various pollution sources in the region and initiatives as mitigation and adaptive measures for sustainable mountain development by

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