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  • We live, if our forests live

    Different organisa-tions working with forests and the environment have come up with different estimates of Bangladesh's total forest coverage. While the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change estimates that Bangladesh currently has 17 percent forestland,

  • Early flash floods in the haor region:  A new normal?

    Early flash floods in the haor region: A new normal?

    A flash flood in early April of 2017 devastated the boro crops in six haor districts that were worth Tk 13,000 crore (Kaler Kantha, July

  • Raising our children amidst poisonous air

    This is no city to raise your children in,” a friend was telling me the other day. “Either you leave the country or leave the city and go somewhere where your kids don't have to breathe poison.”

  • Reducing carbon footprint in the RMG sector

    Sustainabi-lity in the Bangladesh ready-made garment (RMG) industry is a subject that is never far from people's minds and occupies conversations with customers and industry partners.

  • Will Bengal tigers really disappear from the Sundarbans?

    Will Bengal tigers really disappear from the Sundarbans?

    We recently published an article titled “Combined effects of climate change and sea-level rise project dramatic habitat loss of the

  • Who will pull us out of the climate change conundrum?

    Every year since 1995, our leaders or their representatives met at the so-called Conference of Parties, debating climate change, global warming in particular.

  • Make cities greener, healthier and happier places to live in

    Against the backdrop of the ever-increasing rate of deforestation and encroachment in almost every country in the world including Bangladesh, every year since 2012, March 21 has been celebrated as International Day of Forests.

  • Delhi, most polluted city

    Legislate Clean Air Act before it's too late!

    Few months ago, Delhi had been declared as the most polluted city in the world. For most of us who breathed a sigh of relief, the breathing just got heavier.

  • World Air Quality Report, Greenpeace, AirVisual, air pollution

    Dhaka's toxic air: A major public health concern

    The electronic and press media in Bangladesh has recently been highlighting the findings of the 2018 World Air Quality Report published by Greenpeace and AirVisual. As per this report, Bangladesh has the most polluted air in the world, and Dhaka is the second most polluted capital city.

  • Rivers need more than a legal status

    Rivers are no longer just rivers bound only by the laws of nature. The High Court has recently given a verdict awarding the status of “living entities” to the country's rivers in a bid to protect them and raise awareness of their importance.

  • Haor development: From trade-offs to eco-friendly solutions

    The ecosystem of the haors and wetlands in the northeast region of Bangladesh—including the districts of Sunamganj, Sylhet, Habiganj, Moulvibazar, Netrokona, Kishoreganj

  • Welcome to the age of climate change

    Our planet is under tremendous stress. During the last week of January, major cities in the US Midwest and Northeast were colder than some regions in Antarctica.

  • Can the historic High Court judgement save our rivers?

    The High Court in Bangladesh delivered a historic judgement on February 3, declaring rivers as legal entity and assigning the National

  • Conserving wetlands to tackle climate change

    Every year on February 2, nations have been celebrating the World Wetlands Day since 1997. But unfortunately, despite national and international efforts, wetlands are still treated as revenue-generating machines or wastelands in many countries including Bangladesh.

  • Conserve haor to combat climate change impacts

    Each year, the second day of February is commemorated worldwide as the World Wetlands Day, marking the day when the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance was adopted by UN member-states in 1971,

  • Toxic air is harming our children with every breath that they take

    We need to see cleaner, renewable sources of energy and we need better waste management to prevent open burning of harmful chemicals...We cannot let children breath toxic air. Speaking up for one's children is a first step.

  • The #10YearChallenge and our environment

    Of course, we have people with polarising opinions sharing their annoyance, their neutrality, and their satisfaction with the new trend:

  • How COP24 rulebook will affect the future

    The 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) concluded on December 15, 2018 at Katowice, Poland. After a busy two weeks, the nearly 14,000 delegates from 195 countries managed to agree on a rulebook for achieving their Paris Agreement promises. It began with a stark warning by Sir David Attenborough who urged world leaders to tackle “our greatest threat in thousands of years.” He also warned that “the collapse of our civilisation” is “on the horizon” if we don't take concrete action now.

  • The mixed results of COP24

    Amid deep frustration of scientists and activists, the political economy of climate change has taken a new turn at the ever-widening gulf between science and politics as a depleted number of official delegates from around 200 countries struggled to reach a common ground at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP24, in Katowice, Poland.

  • Confronting climate refugee issues in Bangladesh

    Bangladesh is viewed globally as the “epic centre” for climate disasters. The country, due to its unique location, is battered regularly by extreme weather events such as high floods and tropical cyclone disasters displacing hundreds and thousands of people annually.

  • COP24: A quick post-mortem

    The Conference of the Parties 24 (COP24) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has ended on December 15, with the usual extension of more than a day to complete the deliberations.

  • Killing the planet

    Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, we have pumped nearly 2,000 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Moreover, in April of this year, the average concentration of carbon dioxide reached a dubious milestone—410 parts per million—according to data recorded at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. Carbon dioxide hasn't been this high in millions of years.

  • Moving from fossil fuels to renewables at a funeral pace

    Almost half a century ago, on December 7, 1972, the crew of the Apollo 17 satellite took the very first image of the Earth in its entirety. Famously known as “The Blue Marble,” the extraordinary picture compelled humanity to question our place on this planet, the only home that we have ever known.

  • Discoveries that can clean up carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concedes that limiting the rise in global temperature under two degrees Celsius before the end of this century is impossible without reducing emission of carbon dioxide to zero by 2050.

  • Earth's biodiversity: A pivotal meeting at a pivotal time

    The quality of the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink depend directly on the state of our biodiversity, which is now in severe jeopardy.

  • COP24: Will the major polluters pay?

    The 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is going to be held in Katowice, Poland from December 2 to December 14, 2018.

  • Is the difference between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius a big deal?

    Today, we are witnessing a lively, sometimes acrimonious, debate over global warming. Science, economics and politics are all mixed up in this debate.

  • Global warming is impacting how Earth spins on its axis

    Anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions might be affecting more than just the climate. For the first time, scientists at NASA presented evidence that the orientation of the Earth's spin axis is changing because of global warming.

  • Disaster preparedness: A shift in paradigm

    Since the late-20th-century, a shift in paradigm has happened in the intellectual arena of architecture, art, literature, philosophy, history, economics, fiction, etc. It happened mostly in the industrialised countries and emerged as Postmodernism, a critique of “modernism”.

  • What can we learn from the Indonesia earthquake?

    The island of Sulawesi in Indonesia was struck by a 7.5-magnitude earthquake on September 28, 2018 followed by 10-ft high tsunami waves. The death toll climbed to 1,424 as of Thursday.