Opinion

September 23, 2019
September 23, 2019

Building capacity to implement the Paris Agreement

The Asia-Pacific Climate Week was held at the UN Conference Centre, Bangkok from September 2 to 6, 2019. The objective was to have a regional dialogue on how to rachet up ambition in mitigation and...

September 16, 2019
September 16, 2019

Climate change: Is solar radiation management a feasible idea?

In an op-ed piece published in this newspaper on August 27, 2019, I discussed a number of methods within the context of Solar Radiation Management (SRM) as a way of mitigating some of the impacts...

September 6, 2019
September 6, 2019

Saving Dhanmondi Lake

The Dhanmondi lake deserves some serious attention by the relevant authorities to save it from pollution.

September 3, 2019
September 3, 2019

Proforestation: A better climate action than tree plantation

The “Global Warming of 1.5 degree C” report determined “afforestation” (planting new forests) and “reforestation” (replacing forests on deforested or recently harvested lands) as essential...

August 27, 2019
August 27, 2019

Solar radiation management can help combat climate change

In the Environmental Physics course that I teach from time to time, a student once remarked that we really do not have to worry about the deleterious effects of climate change because technology...

August 23, 2019
August 23, 2019

Solving the climate crisis is beyond governments

Throughout my 10 years working in international development and climate policy, I’ve mostly heard colleagues talk about the private sector as if it was this intangible,

August 11, 2019
August 11, 2019

Transboundary cooperation key to enforcing rivers’ legal rights in Bangladesh

In June 2019, the Bangladesh High Court granted its rivers the status and rights of a living entity, becoming the fourth country after New Zealand, India and Colombia to do so, and the first to...

August 10, 2019
August 10, 2019

Alarming plastic pollution in the Bay of Bengal

Plastics play a vital role in our daily life. However, plastic debris in the marine environment has serious negative impacts on marine resources, fisheries as well as on the use of coastal areas...

August 8, 2019
August 8, 2019

Despite global climate extremes, why is climate action so slow?

Over a hundred people have died and hundreds of thousands have been displaced in the first few weeks of the South Asian monsoon this year.

July 22, 2019
July 22, 2019

The inextricable link between water scarcity and poverty

When I was visiting a museum in Athens last year, one of my Greek friends was explaining to me about an ancient water supply canal that went through underneath the museum. It was amazing to see...