- March 18, 2018
Carbon dioxide levels indicate rise in temperatures that could lead agriculture to fail on entire continents
It is increasingly likely that hundreds of millions of people will be displaced from their homelands in the near future as a result of global warming. That is the stark warning of economist and climate change expert Lord Stern following the news last week that concentrations of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere had reached a level of 400 parts per million (ppm).
Voices to be raised to re-establish the ecological balance in the country’s environment,to be proactive in protecting migratory birds
A one-day migratory bird festival was held yesterday at Jagannath University (JNU) to mark the occasion of World Migratory Bird Day.
Festival activities included: a bird identification competition, a quiz, a picture show and a photographic presentation, as well as a poster design programme featuring slogans on the environment and birds. The JNU Natural Study and Conservation Club, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Bangladesh Bird Club and the Environment and Life Foundation jointly organised the event.
Black smoke and ash spill from brickfields destroying crop fields
Thick smoke and fly ash spills from coal burning have caused considerable damage to vast tracts of boro paddy and other crops in two upazilas of the district.
The burning of high-sulphur coal in nearby brick kilns has contaminated about 150 acres of boro paddy in Amrulbari village of Badarganj and Machhari village of Kounia.
Affected farmers blame the owners of A&B and UBL, located in the neighbourhoods, for coal burning and destroying their crops in just two days – with the harvest season due very soon.
Prince uses speech at St James’s Palace to single out ‘confirmed sceptics’ and environmentally unfriendly businesses
The Prince of Wales has criticised “corporate lobbyists” and climate change sceptics for turning the earth into a “dying patient”, in his most outspoken attack yet on the world's failure to tackle global warming.
He attacked businesses who failed to care for the environment, and compared the current generation to a doctor taking care of a critically ill patient.
Land grabbers prepare fake documents to occupy a portion of the river and construct establishments
Land grabbers in Bogra and Gaibandha have allegedly occupied a huge portion of the Karatoa river at several points, according to Bangladesh Water Development Board and the Department of Environment.
Sources at WDB Bogra circle office said some influential people have occupied large areas of land on both sides of the river in the two districts. It is also alleged that government supported organisations are involved in the encroachment, with the intention of constructing multi-storey buildings there.
Lucrative offers from tobacco companies as well as the low prices of paddy are seen as main reasons of tobacco cultivation in Lalmonirhat
Tobacco is being cultivated on vast tracts of land in the five upazilas of Lalmonirhat due to farmers’ lack of awareness about the crop’s negative impact on fertility and encouraged by profitable offers from different tobacco companies.
Many farmers have ventured into tobacco cultivation as they have lost interest in cultivating paddy after incurring huge losses in the recent years.
37 buildings that are considered vulnerable have already been identified
Most of the high-rise buildings in Barisal city were constructed without any fire safety management in violation of building construction and civil defence codes, and they night turn into death traps like Rana Plaza, according to Barisal City Corporation (BCC) officials.
“Thirty percent of the high-rises are under severe threat of accident as they were not constructed following building construction codes,” executive engineer of BCC Motaleb Hossain claimed.
Experts say both the people and government neglect are to be blamed for the severe degradation
The Buriganga has been Dhaka’s lifeline for more than a thousand years, as a source of livelihood and a means of transportation for its residents. But in return, people have repaid the old river with incessant pollution, robbing it of it’s own life.
As Dhaka expanded and its population increased by leaps and bounds, aquatic species in other rivers around the capital – Turag, Shitalakkhya, Balu and Bangshi – have declined in great numbers because of severe pollution.
Dhaka will be beyond rescue and literally uninhabitable if a 7.5-magnitude earthquake strikes
Dhaka will be reduced to rubble and become “uninhabitable” if a major earthquake occurs anytime soon, experts said Tuesday.
The Savar building collapse brought Bangladesh’s disaster management capacity back under the spotlight, amid concerns there would be catastrophic humanitarian consequences in the event of a major earthquake.
Delays in negotiations will lead to 4°C warmer world, says LDC group
Inaugurating the first negotiation session as the new chair of the group of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Prakash Mathema from Nepal has urged parties to show leadership to achieve real and substantial progress in the negotiation of a 2015 treaty and close the mitigation gap before 2020.
“There’s no more time to waste… so we need to stop going round in circles”, he said.
Owner of the mine planned to extract 5.5m tonnes of coal from the second slice
Coal will be extracted from the country’s lone Barapukuria mine in Dinajpur through a new method from today to boost productions significantly.
“We will apply a new method from tomorrow [today] to double the existing coal production from the mine,” Md Quamruzzaman, managing director of Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Limited (BCMCL), told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.
Over the past 12 years, there has not been a single day when sewage and household wastes did not flow into the lake
The capital's Gulshan-Baridhara lake was officially labelled an Ecologically Critical Area (ECA) 12 years ago to save the water body from becoming further polluted and to protect it from encroachment.
Two giant signboards of the Department of Environment (DoE) have been standing on either end of the lake since November 26, 2001, apparently trying to convince people that it was crucial to preserve it for the ecology of Dhaka.
Over the past 12 years, there has not been a single day when sewage and household wastes did not flow into the lake.
Government decided to build 62,000 community volunteers to carry out rescue operation after disasters but built only 8,000-9,000 volunteers in last four years.
Although Bangladesh is highly vulnerable to earthquake due to its geological location, the government’s preparedness is too inadequate to address any of its aftermath, according to experts,reported UNB.
Discussants suggest community empowerment to combat climate change
The government should emphasise on bringing into mainstream the community based adaptation in both national and local level planning to tackle the negative impacts of climate change, experts said yesterday.
They also suggested using local knowledge and practices while taking initiatives to tackle the impacts of climate change.
The coal-fired power plant to destroy world's largest mangrove forest
The National Committee to Protect Oil-Gas and Power-Port in a statement today urged the people to resist the move for setting up coal-fired power plant under India-Bangladesh joint venture at Rampal, a location close to the Sundarbans mangrove forest, UNB reports.
Locals hope the government will take necessary measures and maintain navigability
The Teesta River has almost completely dried up due to a drastic fall in water levels during the current dry season.
The unusual fall in levels has been attributed to a barrage in India, upstream of the Teesta Irrigation Project at Dalia, Lalmonirhat. It is alleged that India uses the barrage to divert the river’s natural flow.
Consultation with locals could lead to better results from the implemented projects
Environment professionals allege the needs and knowledge of local people are not being considered in the initiatives led by the Trustee Board of Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund’s (BCCTF) in order to tackle the worst impacts of climate change in Bangladesh.
“Most of the development projects initiated by the planning commission ignored local people’s concerns,” said a deputy director of Department of Environment (DoE).
22,900 may become landless this year
While many of the country’s rivers are disappearing, on the other hand many areas are increasingly at risk due to erosion. Approximately 22,900 people may become landless due to erosion by the three major rivers, Jamuna, Ganges and Padma, according to a recent study.
Roadside inspection under the ongoing CASE project also identified motorcycles and diesel vehicles as the worst polluters
Brick kilns are the leading cause of air pollution in the country, while vehicular emissions have been identified as the second largest contributor.
The brick industry has been polluting the environment and destroying the ecology
The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined Pacific Marine Service Auto Bricks Tk10m for polluting the Karnaphuli River in Chittagong.
According to a press release, Md Alamgir, director of enforcement at the DoE, ordered the industry to stop their production, as it violated the existing Brick Burning (Control) Act 2001 by setting brick kilns within three kilometres of the City Corporation area.