- March 21, 2018
Plants are significantly less able to absorb low-level ozone during a heatwave, researchers have found, with implications for human health
Rising temperatures could be bad news for people with bad lungs. Two new lines of research are bleak reminders of the link between air quality and human health.
A study from the University of York in the UK says ozone levels soar during heat waves – perhaps because the capacity of plants to absorb ozone is curtailed as the mercury goes up, reports London-based Climate News Network.
Scanty rainfall and scorching heat are causing habitat degradation, experts say
The adverse impact of climate change has been posing a serious threat to indigenous fish species, particularly the small ones, as most of the water bodies in the region, especially in the high Barind tract, are now dying.
Fisheries scientists and specialists said the breeding and grazing fields of the fish species had been drastically reduced due to the abnormal situation, coupled with siltation in the big rivers and their tributaries, water-bodies, floodplains and other wetlands.
Unplanned tourism and government power plants cited as threats to the mangrove forest
A citizens’ committee has been constituted for the conservation of the Sundarbans, a Unesco World Heritage Site that covers the south-western coastal areas of the country, to save the mangrove forest from the risk of extinction from rising threats.
The platform was named the National Committee to Save the Sundarbans. Sultana Kamal, chairman of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), has been selected as convener, and Md Abdul Matin, general secretary of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (Bapa) as the member secretary of the platform.
1.2m people exposed to environmental hazards
Encroachment upon the small rivers flowing through Dumuria upazila of Khulna has shrunk their areas largely posing threat of environmental hazards.
A section of local influential people enjoying political clout have taken illegal possession of vast tracts of char (landmass emerged from riverbed) land of the rivers Ambaria, Bhadra, Salta, Khornia, Harinadi, Gangrail and Thukrahamkura.
DNCC’s dumpsters next to the Taltola bus stand hamper movement on the road and footpath, leading to long tailbacks and causing people inconvenience
Traffic and pedestrian movement on Begum Rokeya Sarani in Mirpur 10 is being impeded by Dhaka North City Corporation’s (DNCC) waste disposal containers placed there for public convenience.
The DNCC’s dumpsters next to the Taltola bus stand hamper movement on the road and footpath, leading to long tailbacks and causing people inconvenience.
Residents said the DNCC waste management department placed the heavy garbage disposal containers in such a manner they block half the road and the footpath.
The country sustained loss of around $3bn due to natural disasters during 1990-2008 which was equivalent to around 1.8% of the GDP
The government is moving ahead with its priority on the climate change issues. Though climate change is a slow process, we’ve already been experiencing the impacts. The efforts taken now for adaptation and mitigation would be better for the country in the future only if those are executed properly.
Bangladesh in the last couple of years raised the issue of its vulnerability to global warming that may put the lives of millions of the coastal people at risk due to the remarkable rise in the sea-level.
The flood-hit farmers of Teesta and Dharla river basin areas in Lalmonirhat are now face serious problems regarding their cattle due to the acute crisis of green fodder coupled with high prices of hay, oilcakes and wheat bran.
All the grass fields at 60 char (shoal) villages in the district have been inundated by the recent flash flood, said farmers, adding that the high prices of hay, oilcakes and wheat bran have also thrown them into serious hitches since the beginning of this year’s monsoon season.
The mighty Padma has engulfed 20 houses in Sureshwar village
Erosion by the river Padma has recently taken on a disastrous form in Shariatpur.
Twenty houses in two villages in Naria upazila have entered the gorge of the gluttonous river in just seven days.
The mighty Padma has engulfed 20 houses in Sureshwar village under Gharishar union and Saheb Char village under Kedarpur union of the upazila.
Besides, the existence of Sureshwar Government Primary School, Sureshwar High School and Sureshwar College is under threat of the river erosion.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change estimates that out of the $182bn required for adaptation, $67bn (high end estimate) is required in developing countries
In order to encounter the odds of anthropocentric climate change, there is a pivotal need of financing losses, mitigation and adaptation measures. Financing is pivotal to address odds both at the short and long run.
An unprecedented amount of funding needs to be arranged and expended while the compensatory funds will be dispersed to developing countries. Industrialised countries bear the responsibility of carbon emissions and thus they have to bear the duty of providing “climate finance.”
The largest park in the capital, has lost its beauty and importance as illegal shops, young couples, drug addicts and floating people occupy most of the space of the historic ground
Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (Bapa) on Friday reiterated their stance in bringing back the lost glory of the historic Suhrawardy Udyan by removing all illegal occupancy within its premises.
“The largest park in the capital, has lost its beauty and importance as illegal shops, young couples, drug addicts and floating people occupy most of the space of the historic ground,” Bapa General Secretary Abdul Matin said while speaking at a press briefing at the Comrade Moni Singh-Farhad Memorial Trust Auditorium, reports BSS.
The real hazard is that there is likely to be a knock-on effect on soil fertility
Global warming may affect the ground under our feet – and perhaps not in a good way. It could affect one of the most important communities on the planet: the tiny microbes that make life possible for the rest of creation, according to new research by scientists in the US and Spain.
Cyanobacteria are almost everywhere, have been around for the whole of life’s 3.5 billion-year history, and fix nitrogen from the atmosphere to fertilise plants and feed animals.
The National Committee to Protect Oil-Gas and Power-Port leaders say the project, located close to the Unesco World Heritage site, will affect the Sundarbans, its water and cultivable land in the vicinity
The world’s largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, a unique site of biodiversity and a natural shield against natural disaster, will be destroyed if the proposed 1,320MW coal-based power plant is set up at Rampal in Bagerhat, a citizens’ platform on energy, power and environment suggests.
The National Committee to Protect Oil-Gas and Power-Port leaders on Friday said the project, located close to the Unesco World Heritage site, will affect the Sundarbans, its water resources and the cultivable land in the vicinity.
In the first decade of this century global sea level rise increased at about double the rate of the preceding hundred years, the World Meteorological Organisation says
If you think the world is warming and the weather getting nastier, you are right, according to the United Nations agency committed to understanding weather and climate.
The World Meteorological Organisation says the planet "experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes" in the 10 years from 2001 to 2010, the warmest decade since the start of modern measurements in 1850, reports London-based Climate News Network.
Unscrupulous hospital staff smuggle destructible wastes which dealers repack and sell back to the market
11 o’clock on a Sunday morning – a boy was seen rummaging garbage in a dumpster on the road opposite to the administrative building of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
His name was Nurul Afsar, 14, from Halishahar in Chittagong.
Without any protective coverings like gloves or mask, he was sorting used syringes, needles, saline packs, canola sets, glass bottles, ampules, and iron corks: hospital waste discarded in the dumpster.
That was what Afsar has been doing seven days a week – 9am to 9pm – for earning two meals a day.
They blamed the tanners as one of the major reasons behind the Buriganga River’s pollution
Poribesh Bachao Andolon (Poba) on Saturday urged the government to collect Tk24.09bn as a compensation from tanneries based at Hazaribagh area of the city for polluting the environment.
They blamed the tanners as one of the major reasons behind the Buriganga River’s pollution, which has turned it into a dead river.
At least 300 families of the upazila became homeless in last few days
River erosion has taken a serious turn at different points along the Teesta river bank under Sundarganj upazila in the district with the rising water levels in the river creating immense problems for the erosion victims.
Local sources said at least 300 families of the upazila became homeless in last few days and erosion of the Teesta river also eroded many academic and religious institutions including fertile land, reports BSS.
A recent study says people can no longer distinguish between the six seasons of Bangla calendar
Bangladesh is encountering a persistent change in rainfall patterns as one of the early manifestations of the impacts of global climate change, a study report suggests.
It says 93% of people in the area where the study was conducted reported a decline in rainfall, with a corresponding detrimental effect on their livelihoods.
'Petrobangla should take the matter seriously'
The US-based international oil company, Chevron, is now extracting an additional 116mmcfd (millions of cubic feet per day) of gas from its three gas fields, as called for by the government.
According to the Production Sharing Contract (PSC), the company is expected to produce 1060mmcfd of gas, but as of June 20, now produces 1176mmcfd.
This means Chevron’s contribution amounts to more than half of the country’s total gas production of 2250mmcfd.
Production of banned polythene bags is yet to see a complete full stop after 11 years of its banishment. Sources said some dishonest traders had been producing polythene bags of less than 55 micron thickness that was banned in 2002 considering its adverse effects on the environment.
Pro environmentalist activists and conscious people blamed the government for failing to implement the ban on polythene bags, alleging that adequate steps to promote alternatives to polythene – jute, cotton and paper made bags – had not been taken.
A day-long meeting aimed at concretely addressing specific E&S challenges the ship recycling industry is facing and jointly develop result oriented actions that will ensure incremental improvements on short, medium and longer terms
Dutch and German embassies on Thursday co-organised a roundtable to promote environmental and social (E&S) standards in the ship recycling industry in Bangladesh.
Eastern Bank Limited, Dutch Development Bank FMO, DEG, IFC and Proparco also joined the event in Chittagong, said a statement.
The day-long meeting aimed at concretely addressing specific E&S challenges the ship recycling industry is facing and jointly develop result oriented actions that will ensure incremental improvements on short, medium and longer terms.