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  • 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.