- March 21, 2018
A scientific report says Bangladesh is one of more ‘potential impact hotspots’ threatened by extreme river floods and intense tropical cyclones
Bangladesh will be one of the most-affected countries in South Asia by an expected 2°C rise in the world’s average temperatures in the next decades, according to a new scientific report released by the World Bank Group on Wednesday.
The report says the global warming will accelerate the sea-level rise and more extreme heat and more intense cyclones threatening food production, livelihoods, and infrastructure as well as slowing the poverty reduction in Bangladesh.
About 15 kilns, some of which are locted within 200 yards of the campus, use conventional wood fuel
Brick kilns set up in the Chittagong University (CU) area are causing immense damage public health and biodiversity of the campus, famous for its pristine natural beauty.
About 15 brick kilns have been operating in the nearby areas of the institution. These kilns use conventional wood fuel to burn clay and red mud bricks, polluting the environment and spreading harmful smoke and ashes over the surroundings.
Dhaka is now entangled with many problems as a result of unplanned urbanisation
The capital city has lost its liveability, experts said at a seminar yesterday. They said RMG and other factories must be moved outside the city to save it.
Speakers at the launching programme of a book titled “Bangladesh: The Path to Middle Income Status from an Urban Perspective” said the kind of unplanned urbanisation that is characteristic to Dhaka resulted to the Rana Plaza tragedy.
Bangladesh Urban Institute (BURi), Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC) and World Bank jointly organised the programme.
Speakers urged the government to consider environment conservation as the centre point of the country’s development measures to make it sustainable
Environmental activists at a programme on Friday criticised the government for not comprehensively marking environmental protection issues in the proposed national budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year.
Organised by Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (Bapa), the program was titled “How much environment friendly the proposed budget 2013-14 is?”
Experts say there has been hardly any initiative to press for the country’s compensation claim to get the exploration company responsible to meet it
Sixteen years after the devastating Magruchhara gas-field blowout, Bangladesh has yet to receive any compensation for the environmental damages that occurred in the explosion.
Experts say there has been hardly any initiative to press for the country’s compensation claim to get the exploration company responsible to meet it.
At the time of the incident, Magurchhara was being explored by US company Occidental. The fields were later handed over to Unocol, then Chevron.
Local people urged authorities to save the river from pollution and encroachment for sustainable environment
Flouting lease agreement, an influential quarters, who has taken out a lease on a land of Bashia River bank at Natun Bazar under Biswanath upazila in Sylhet a few months back, are now constructing full fledged shops there.
At least 125 local businessmen had submitted a memorandum to the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Sonamoni Chakma on June 4, demanding demolition of the illegal structures.
The country will release Tk13.87m in the first phase this year
The Danish government will give Tk1.58bn (Danish Krone 110m) to Bangladesh as aid for tackling climate change. The aid will be given in three phases by 2015.
Svend Olling, the outgoing ambassador of Denmark in Bangladesh, informed the Environment Minister Hasan Mahmud of this in a meeting at the secretariat on Thursday.
The diplomat will leave Bangladesh soon, after completing his three years tenure in the country as an ambassador.
Because of a huge change in climatic patterns, seasonal rainfalls, floods, dry seasons, periods for sowing or planting the seeds and seedlings and harvesting are also being changed
Agri experts at a function urged farmers to cultivate climate-change adapting crops in disaster prone areas to boost food production of the country.
As our country has been experiencing adverse impact of climate change over the last few years, creating a grave concern to agriculture, human health, livelihood, navigation, ecology, soil, environment and biodiversity, they said.
Some residents of the city alleged that the authorities do not give enough attention to the problem of water logging
Works worth around Tk400m in repairing, maintaining, developing and constructing drainage and sewerage system in different areas of Barisal City Corporation could not reduce the water logging crisis of the city.
Executive Engineer BCC Abdul Motaleb said at least Tk400m was spent over last four years to repair, maintain and develop the drainage system of the city.
Foresters said they are overwhelmed by the response from visitors
Kashbon Nursery has brought in a new specimen of mango tree named “Hybrid- 6-10” to the environment fair at Agargaon in the city. It sold a tree full of mangoes at a cost of Tk 20, 500.
Participants every year try to introduce a new species to visitors of the “Jatiya Brikkho Mela” (National Tree Fair), an integral part of the June 5 environment day programme that runs for a month.
Many people have taken shelter on government roads and at WDB dam
Thousands of people living in 40 low-lying villages under five upazilas in Lalmonirhat have been left marooned while crops on a vast tract of land went under water as Teesta and Dharla swelled to the brim due to incessant rainfall and an onrush of hill water over the past few days.
The government should ensure participation of all stakeholders, including water and environmental experts, in the river commission – something the proposed act does not entail
Environmental activists Friday demanded a stronger river protection commission with executive powers, terming the proposed one weak and powerless.
They observed that the proposed commission does not evoke a strong confidence in the government’s sincerity to protect rivers from encroachment and pollution.
About 70% of Wasa water will come from surface water sources by 2021
Environment and experts at a seminar on Thursday stressed reducing dependency on groundwater use in producing water for Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa).
They said the withdrawal of underground water is not environment-friendly and landslides may occur in the city anytime due to over-extraction of groundwater.
The first incident of giving birth to a giraffe calf was at the Abu Dhabi Zoo
A baby giraffe was born at the Dhaka Zoo on Wednesday, which is the first incident of giving birth to a giraffe calf at a zoo in South Asia and second in Asia, zoo officials informed. Both the mother and the calf were healthy, they added.
Nobody knows for certain what climate change will bring but on the basis of the latest research by plant ecologists, one thing has been established: there will be surprises.
‘The event was a humble endeavour to engage the youth to take responsibility of their future’
Jaago Foundation celebrated world environment day on Wednesday by organising tree planting programmes in 12 districts including Dhaka and Chittagong.
The foundation distributed trees among 100 selected educational institutions in the districts and sent 1000 seedlings to corporations.
Volunteers of the organisation distributed World Environment day flyers, door hangers, and bookmarks to the general public, educational institutes and to corporations in an attempt to create awareness.
The matter was being examined, said the minister for environment and forest
The proposed Rampal coal-based power plant in Bagerhat and the Patenga plant in Chittagong have not yet received environmental clearance, said minister for environment and forest Hasan Mahmud yesterday.
“Permission and environmental clearance certificate are yet to be issued for it [Rampal plant]. We are examining the matter before giving clearance,” said the minister at a press conference organised to allay environmental activists’ concerns.
Now the number of tanneries exceeds 200
Shipping minister Shajahan Khan inaugurated the drive
The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has begun its drive to remove various wastages, including polythene, from the Buriganga River.
Three long-boom excavators, collected by the BIWTA, are being used in the drive, according to a press release of the shipping ministry.
Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan inaugurated the drive.
BIWTA chairman Dr Shamsuddoha Khandaker, member (engineering) Firoz Ahmed and chief engineer (dredging) M Abdul Matin, among others, were present.
The environment and forest ministry nominated the farmer from a little-known village for his contribution to the conservation of moribund varieties of local rice seeds
Yusuf Mollah of Tanore in Rajshahi will be honoured with the Prime Minister’s National Award on Wednesday for conserving different varieties of indigenous rice seeds over the past three decades.
The environment and forest ministry nominated the farmer from a little-known village for his contribution to the conservation of moribund varieties of local rice seeds, Environment and Forest Minister Hasan Mahmud told a press conference at the secretariat Tuesday.