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  • Plastic pollution: Name the brands, shame the brands

    The standard narrative of the Southeast Asia plastic crisis has a puzzling blind spot. The typical story goes that consumers and governments shoulder all the blame—consumers for using and then tossing out too much plastic, and governments for not instituting adequate waste management systems. But that narrative obviously doesn’t tell the whole story.

  • Turag river in Mirpur

    BIWTA continues eviction on Turag banks

    Authorities are pulling down illegal establishments along the banks of Turag River in Mirpur. Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) demolished at least three buildings in Kaundia Ghat area.

  • Dr Saleemul Huq

    Dr Saleemul among world’s 100 most influentials in climate policy

    Dr Saleemul Huq, director of International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), has been named among the “World’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy for 2019”, with the likes of David Attenborough and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

  • Air Pollution Effects in Dhaka

    HC seeks report on air pollution from DoE

    The High Court has directed the director general of Department of Environment (DoE) to submit a report on what step the organization have taken to prevent air pollution in Dhaka.

  • Record Australian heat brings fire to scorched land

    Firefighters battled 25 blazes across the Australian state of Victoria as a record-breaking heatwave delivered the hottest start to March on record for the southern third of the country.

  • Pakistan to lodge 'eco-terrorism' complaint against India

    Pakistan plans to lodge a complaint of "eco-terrorism" against India after airstrikes by New Delhi in Pakistani territory this week damaged dozens of trees, its climate change minister tells.

  • Swedish student leader wins EU pledge to spend billions on climate

    The European Union should spend hundreds of billions of euros combating climate change during the next decade, its chief executive says, responding to a Swedish teen who has inspired a global movement of children against global warming.

  • First climate change extinction

    Australia’s rodent becomes first 'climate change extinction'

    Australia officially declares a Great Barrier Reef rodent extinct, making it the first mammal believed to have been killed off by human-induced climate change.

  • Thai govt starts planning for smog season

    The government in Thailand has begun planning ahead for the next “smog season” in Bangkok, preparing a graduated system of emergency responses and possibly a major upgrade for the transport sector.

  • 29.60 acres of Dhaleshwari River grabbed: survey

    A survey report by Manikganj district administration revealed that a total of 29.60 acres of the Dhaleshwari River in the district have been encroached by land grabbers.

  • Sundarbans Day 2019

    Sundarbans Day observed

    Green activists observe the Sundarbans Day in Bagerhat. Marking the day, the activists bring out a procession parading the main roads in the town

  • Royal Bengal Tigers in Sundarban

    Sundarbans' tigers may be gone in 50yrs: Study

    A new study has warned that the Sundarbans' famed 'Royal Bengal Tigers' could be gone within 50 years, especially from the Bangladesh part, because of climate change.

  • Elephants face 'time bomb' in Bangladesh

    Standing atop an elephant watch-tower on the outskirts of the sprawling Rohingya refugee settlement in Cox's Bazar, Nur Islam takes great pride in keeping his people safe.

  • Crocodiles on streets as flooding in Australia worsens

    Major flooding threatens several thousand homes in the Australian state of Queensland, forcing more than 1,100 people to be evacuated, after authorities opened up dam gates after days of torrential rains filled reservoirs to overflowing.

  • NO POLLS, NO LOANS for river grabbers

    River encroachers cannot run in any elections or get bank loans, the High Court has ordered, in efforts to save rivers from greedy grabbers. The HC also ordered the government to make a list of every grabber in the country and publish the list in the media to expose them to the public.

  • Bangkok air pollution

    Schools shut as toxic smog chokes Bangkok

    Toxic smog forced hundreds of Bangkok schools to close yesterday, as authorities struggle to manage a pollution crisis that has stirred widespread health fears and taken on a political edge just weeks before elections.

  • Coca-Cola, Pepsi tout plastic recycling in rare joint appearance

    The bosses of Coca-Cola and Pepsi promise "huge progress" shall be made by 2030 to reduce plastic waste, which contaminates humans, wildlife, and oceans.

  • Unhappiness linked to poor air quality in China

    Eye-watering, throat-scratching air pollution is a major driver of big city blues in China, according to a study published that matched social network chatter with fine-particle pollution levels.

  • Organic foods perhaps good for you, but bad for environment

    Organic food has been on the rise since it came into fashion; vegetables, fruit, grains, dairy and meat grown and processed using non-conventional methods not only tend to carry a hefty price tag, but are usually thought to be of higher quality and better for health, although production of organic food products may not be good for the environment.

  • Depression at Bay, maritime ports asked to hoist signal 1

    Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal no one as the deep depression over Southeast Bay moved further northwestwards and is likely to intensify further.

  • Arctic posts 2nd warmest year on record in 2018

    The Arctic had its second-hottest year on record in 2018, part of a warming trend that may be dramatically changing earth’s weather patterns, according to a report released on Tuesday by the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

  • India, China, US 4th highest carbon dioxide emitters

    India, China, the US and the European Union (EU) have been ranked as the world’s top four emitters respectively of carbon dioxide accounting for 58 percent of global emissions in 2017, according to a study.

  • 145 whales die on remote New Zealand beach

    Up to 145 pilot whales have died in a mass stranding on a remote part of a small New Zealand island, authorities say.

  • Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon reaches decade high

    The destruction of Brazil's Amazon rainforest reached its highest level in a decade this year, government data shows, driven by illegal logging and the encroachment of agriculture on the jungle.

  • Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere hit new high: UN

    The levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the main driver of climate change, have hit a new record high, the UN says, warning that the time to act is running out.

  • Whale found dead with 6kg plastic trash in stomach

    A sperm whale found dead in a national park in Indonesia had nearly six kilogrammes (13.2 lbs) of plastic waste, including 115 cups, in its stomach, park officials say.

  • Cancellation of 25 Jamaat-e-Islami men's candidacy

    Sonargaon Farmland: SC extends stay on earth filling

    The Supreme Court extends its earlier order that asked the authorities concerned to stop sand and earth filling in farmland and wetland around the Meghna River in Narayanganj’s Sonargaon upazila.

  • Dolphin fair in Khulna

    Dolphin fair kicks off in Khulna

    A ten-day long dolphin fair kicks off in Khulna with a call to take tangible steps to protect freshwater dolphins in the Sundarbans.

  • Tigers dwindling: just six sub-species remain

    Six different sub-species of tigers exist, scientists confirms, amid hopes the findings will boost efforts to save the fewer than 4,000 free-range big cats that remain in the world.

  • beach in Cox's Bazar

    Bangladesh among 'best value travel destinations'

    Bangladesh ranked seventh in the Lonely Planet's Top 10 “Best Value” travel destinations for 2019, which showcased the top ten places for affordable adventures, UNB reports.

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