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Mission 2018: bring the Paris climate pact to life

Front-line negotiators from more than 190 nations gathering for climate talks in Bonn on Monday face a daunting task: bring the 2015 Paris Agreement to life. The world’s only climate treaty pledges to cap global warming at “well under” two degrees Celsius and prevent manmade CO2 from leeching into the atmosphere by century’s end, reports AFP. But it left a mountain of critical rules and procedures to be worked out. “This may sound like a technical exercise, but it matters,” Todd Stern, a senior fellow at the Construction of a dam, financed by The Nethe...
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Resilience of slum dwellers to face climate change

Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh and Caritas Bangladesh jointly organized an inception meeting of the project “Empowering Vulnerable for four slums by building every day and disaster risk” at MAWTS Auditorium, Pallabi, Mirpur in the city on Thursday. The objective of the Inception Meeting was to share the project information with stakeholders and collect valuable suggestions and recommendations for better implementation. . The project will be implemented in four slums under Dhaka North City Corporation and Khulna City Corporation IMG_2959

Children take the lead in cyclone early warnings

As Cyclone Roanu approached the coast of Bangladesh last May, 10-year-old Mohammad Hossain worried about his father, a fisherman out at sea in the Bay of Bengal. But the schoolboy, who lives in the Kutubdia Para neighbourhood of Cox's Bazar, a town on the southeast coast of Bangladesh, knew what to do. He sent his father, Ramzan Ali, a text message, asking him to return to shore and take shelter. Fortunately, Ali was close enough to the coast to receive the message. He forwarded it to climatefishermen on other boats, an...

BD demonstrates coping with climate change

If global warming carries on without action Bangladesh could disappear with one third of the country already less than 3 metres above sea level as cyclones and flooding will become more devastating. But Bangladeshis refuse to be helpless victims. At home they are raising the land to match sea level rise and already saving thousands of lives with improved cyclone defences. And this week in Marrakech, Morocco, they will be taking a leading role in the CoP 22 climate change negotiations – trying to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees to halt sea level rise, and pushing for compensation for the damage already done by industrial country emissions.

Lightning strikes a disaster as deaths surge

Bangladesh has seen a near-record number of deaths this year from a phenomenon that appears to be worsening with climate change: lightning strikes. So far this year, 261 people have died from lightning in the country, putting the South Asian nation on track to beat last year’s 265 deaths. Most lightning deaths usually occur during the warm months of March to July. India has seen a similar surge in lightning deaths, with 93 people killed just in the past two days, officials said. The problem has prompted Bangladesh’s government to add lightning strikes to the country’s [caption id="attachment_23889" align="alignleft" width="540"]

Climate displacing coastal residents: Kholiquzzaman

Bangladesh is vulnerable to climate change and many people are getting displaced because of it in the coastal areas, says noted economist Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, who was Bangladesh’s lead negotiator in the Paris climate conference. In an interview to IANS, Ahmad also said that even though Bangladesh hardly contributed to climate change, this riverine South Asian nation is reeling under the impact of change in rainfall pattern, rise in sea level and resultant salinity in water. “It is known that Bangladesh has not contributed to the climate change at all. But climate change is posing a massive threat to our country, more than those nations that had a major