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Fighting climate change through innovation

  • Published at 09:59 pm July 11th, 2019
Photo: BIGSTOCK
Photo: BIGSTOCK

Governmental policies should always prioritize the climate

With the threat of climate change becoming more and more of a reality with each passing day, it is encouraging to see innovations which strengthen our fight against climate change’s many adverse effects. 

Such an example is the latest discovery by a group of scientists from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, who have discovered a way to purify water and produce electricity from a singular device, that too powered by sunlight. 

This is indeed a great step towards green power and clean water, and could potentially become the go-to for remote places with sunny climates and limited water supplies.

What is even more encouraging is the fact that it is three times more efficient than similar technology in the past, and could pave the way towards sustainable sources of energy the world over. 

For a country like Bangladesh, which remains one of the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, adapting such technology in its remote villages would be a terrific step forward, and will serve as an additional step towards leading the world in the fight against climate change, as it has done so in the past. 

This is especially important considering the fact that, all too often, development-focused activities have topped the priority list for governments, including ours, oftentimes leaving climate change related activities on the back burner. 

But we must realize that, in the long run, all this development will be for naught if we are trying to cope with volatile weather and forced migration, thereby negating all that we have achieved so far. 

As such, governmental policies should always prioritize the climate and the environment -- this is the only way towards ensuring Bangladesh’s impressive development in the future.