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  • Odisha on yellow alert as Cyclone Fani turns ‘extremely severe’

    Cyclone Fani which has intensified into an ‘extremely severe’ cyclonic storm is to cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali with a maximum sustained wind of speed 175-185 kmph gusting to 205 kmph. The Met department issues a “yellow warning” for the Odisha coast predicting heavy to very heavy rain in several areas.

  • Control rooms opened in 19 coastal districts as ‘Fani’ intensifies

    The maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist local warning signal No 4 as the very severe cyclonic storm "Fani" over the West Central Bay and adjoining area moved northwestwards further over the same area.

  • UN report to highlight urgent need for nature rescue plan

    Diplomats from 130 nations gather in Paris from Monday to validate a grim UN assessment of the state of nature and lay the groundwork for an 11th-hour rescue plan for life on earth.

  • Dhaka losing wetlands, flood flow zones

    In spite of the fact that capital city’s master plan makes it officially conservable, the city Dhaka in its 1,528-sq km area lost flood flow zones and wetlands respectively at an annual rate of 2,110 and 165 acres over the past decade, said an urban planner.

  • Climate Change And Security: What the discourse is all about

    We, the global community, already live in a climate-changed world, evidenced by the successive reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

  • Dr Mahathir Mohamad

    'Not just about skyscrapers, blue skies, clean rivers important too'

    Dr Mahathir Mohamad says Malaysia will not be successful as a developed nation, if it did not balance physical development with the preservation of nature and maintaining the existing environment.

  • A gathering storm

    The change in seasons is devastating, especially when it comes to river flooding and river erosion in Bangladesh.

  • One of world’s rarest turtles dies

    The only known female member of one of the world's rarest turtle species has died at a zoo in southern China, officials said Sunday.

  • Climate change, Floodwater

    Shunned by investors, poorer nations seek to climate-proof growth

    As droughts and floods cut crop harvests and storms tear up buildings and power lines, countries vulnerable to climate change - from Bangladesh to Kenya and Guatemala - have proposed new ways to access cheaper financing to tackle the risks.

  • Water Pollution in Bangladesh

    Stop discharging wastes into rivers: PM

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urges all, particularly mills and factories, to stop discharging wastes into rivers as water pollution has appeared to be a severe problem for the country.

  • Tanzania to ban single-use plastics by July

    Tanzania plans to ban the production, importation, sale and use of all single-use plastic bags by July, to help tackle pollution from non-biodegradable waste.

  • Protect vultures from extinction in S Asia: experts

    Experts have stressed the need for strengthening regional cooperation to protect vultures from extinction in South Asia.

  • Carrying flammable substances inside Sundarbans banned

    Bangladesh has prohibited carrying any type of flammable substances inside the Sundarbans to prevent occurrences of fire at the world heritage site in summer.

  • Shut feed factories

    Shut feed factories that use tannery waste: HC

    The High Court directs the authorities concerned of the government to immediately stop the operation of poultry and fish feed factories across the country that use hazardous tannery waste for production and to submit a report to it after complying with the directive within a month.

  • EU parliament approves ban on single use plastics

    European lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Wednesday for an EU-wide ban on single-use plastic products such as the straws, cutlery and cotton buds that are clogging the world's oceans.

  • 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.