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Earth’s future is being written in fast-melting Greenland

Helheim Glacier, Aug 20 (AP/UNB) — This is where Earth’s refrigerator door is left open, where glaciers dwindle and seas begin to rise. New York University air and ocean scientist David Holland, who is tracking what’s happening in Greenland from both above and below, calls it “the end of the planet.” He is referring to geography more than the future. ... Read More »

A geoengineering Trojan Horse

by Silvia Ribeiro Mexico City – Although the effects of climate change are becoming increasingly apparent, the progress toward reducing greenhouse-gas emissions remains as disappointing as ever, leading some to tout new technological solutions that could supposedly save the day. Harvard University’s David Keith, for example, would have us consider geoengineering – that is, deliberate, large-scale, and highly risky interventions ... Read More »

24 dead in Himachal, 3 in Punjab: Heavy rain lashes N India

Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB) – At least 24 people were killed in Himachal Pradesh and three people died in Punjab in rain-related incidents on Sunday as the two states received rainfall over ten times more than normal, officials said, reports The Indian Express. Recording its wettest day this monsoon, Punjab received rainfall 1,300 per cent above normal on Sunday and ... Read More »

Govts adopt new IPCC report on climate change and land

Geneva, 13 August (Indrajit Bose) – Member governments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) adopted the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the ‘Special Report on Climate Change, Desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food Security, and Greenhouse gas fluxes in Terrestrial Ecosystems’ (also called the ‘Land Report’) and the underlying assessment report on Wednesday, 7 August in Geneva ... Read More »

Low over NE Bay: Sea ports asked to keep hoisted signal 3

Dhaka, Aug 13 (UNB) – Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra were advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal No 3 on Tuesday. Fishing trawlers and boats have been asked to remain close to the coast until further notice. A low has formed in the north-western Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas. It may cause stormy winds ... Read More »

Low in North Bay: Maritime BD ports asked to hoist signal 3

DHAKA, July 27, 2019 (BSS)- Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal number three as deep conviction is continuing over North Bay owing to the influence of a low over northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal areas. “Squally weather is likely to affect the maritime ports, North Bay ... Read More »

UN sets 2019 Climate Action Summit ‘Clean Air Initiative’

Dhaka, July 27 (UNB) – The United Nations, World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and Climate and Clean Air Coalition have announced the “Clean Air Initiative”, calling upon governments at all levels to join the initiative. They made the call ahead of the upcoming 2019 Climate Action Summit to be held in New York on September ... Read More »

Europe melts under Sahara heat wave, smashes heat records

Paris, July 26 (AP/UNB) — Even ice cream, Italian gelato or Popsicles couldn’t help this time. Temperature records that had stood for decades or even just hours fell minute by minute Thursday afternoon and Europeans and tourists alike jumped into fountains, lakes, rivers or the sea to escape a suffocating heat wave rising up from the Sahara. On a day ... Read More »

145 acres of land along Dhaka rivers reclaimed in 6 months

Dhaka, July 24 (UNB) – Around 145.1 acres of land were reclaimed along the rivers surrounding Dhaka through demolishing 5,239 illegal establishments from January to June this year. Besides, Tk 8.64 crore was realised through auction and Tk 27 lakh more as fine during the period. The information was revealed at a meeting of the task force formed by the ... Read More »

Teen climate activist gets Normandy’s first Freedom Prize

Paris, Jul 21 (AP/UNB) — Swedish teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg has received the first Freedom Prize awarded by France’s Normandy region, which last month commemorated the 75th D-Day anniversary. Thunberg, 16, received the award in Caen on Sunday, posing alongside D-Day veterans Charles Norman Shay and Léon Gautier. Thunberg said that “I think the least we can do ... Read More »

78 dead in Nepal as flooding wreaks havoc in South Asia

Gauhati, Jul 16 (AP/UNB) — Monsoon flooding and landslides continued to cause havoc in South Asia on Tuesday, with the death toll rising to 78 in Nepal and authorities in neighboring northeastern India battling to provide relief to over 4 million people in Assam state, officials said. Nepal’s National Emergency Operation Center said more than 40,000 soldiers and police were ... Read More »

Preparing the foundations for climate-resilient cities

By Emmanuel Hitimana Kigali, Jul 15 2019 (IPS) – How do you plan a resilient city? A city that can withstand climate change impacts, and the natural disasters that it produces at increased frequencies. And how do you protect the city, its individuals and communities, its business and institutions from either the increased flooding or prolonged droughts that result? It’s ... Read More »

Rains, landslides kill dozens, affect millions in South Asia

Patna, Jul 15 (AP/UNB) — After causing flooding and landslides in Nepal, three rivers are overflowing in northeastern India and submerging parts of the region, killing at least 14 people and affecting the lives of more than 2 million, officials said Monday. Pratata Amrit, a government official, said about 200,000 people left their flooded village homes in Bihar state, with ... Read More »

Heavy rains swamp, paralyse Dhaka City roads

Jahangirnagar University, Sept 17 (UNB) – A seminar titled ‘Basics and Research Trends in Fibre Optic Communication System’ was held at Jahangirnagar University (JU) on Monday. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) of JU student unit organised the seminar at the seminar room of Zahir Raihan auditorium.  Professor of University of Yamanashi, Japan Dr Masanori Hanawa delivered the ... Read More »

Rain water maroon low-lying village people in Rangamati, BD

Rangamati, July 11 (UNB) – Incessant rain for the last few days and onrush of water from the upstream inundated low-lying areas in Baghaichhari upazila, leaving over 1,000 people marooned.  Besides, the flood control embankment of Baribindughat was partially damage. Meanwhile, the water level of Kaptai Lake rose to 83 MSL (Means Sea Level).  Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Ahsan Habib ... Read More »

Teesta, Dharla rivers in spate; 10,000 people stranded in BD

Dhaka, July 12 (UNB)- The Teesta and Dharla rivers are flowing above the danger level, marooning over 12,000 families in Lalmonirhat, while hundreds of establishments face the risk of being swallowed by the Meghna. Our Lalmonirhat correspondent reports that around Thursday noon, the Teesta was flowing 8cm above the danger level Doani point while Dharla has been flowing 7cm above the ... Read More »

Inclement weather affects 22,000 Rohingyas in camps

Cox’s Bazar, July 11 – An estimated 22,000 Rohingyas were affected since the beginning of July as rain and storm battered the cramped camps. The situation is worse in this monsoon compared to 2018. The total number of Rohingyas affected in July last year was 19,000. In a report, the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) said that at least 5,600 ... Read More »

Ban Ki-Moon wants global climate adaptation centre in Dhaka

Dhaka, Jul 10 (UNB) – Former UN Secretary-General, who is also the chairman of the Global Commission on Adaptation, Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday proposed setting up a global centre for adaptation in Bangladesh for the South and South-East Asia. He placed the proposal when he along with President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands Dr Hilda C Heine met ... Read More »

Rain induced floods, landslides, Rohingya children at risk

Dhaka, July 9 (UNB) – Thousands of people in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps and host communities are facing the risk of flooding and landslides after several days of heavy rain, Unicef said on Tuesday. Some of the over 4,000 families affected in the camps, have been relocated to safe places. Unicef has appealed for $152.5 million to support the organisation’s ... Read More »

Monsoons must not wash away Rohingyas’ hopes: UN chief

Dhaka, July 8 (UNB) – UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said they cannot allow the monsoons to wash away hopes of Rohingyas living in Cox’s Bazar camps.  “The horrific stories of suffering in Myanmar I heard from Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh last July remain vivid in my memory. A year later, their shelters are once again threatened by the ... Read More »

Rohingyas woes worsen as rains pound camps

Cox’s Bazar, July 8 (UNB) – Five days of heavy rains and winds have pounded Rohingya camps in the district displacing over 2,700, damaging over 3,400 houses and leaving two people dead, said IOM on Monday. “We’re only half way into the monsoon season and helped over 2,000 people in the past 72 hours. Our teams have been working round ... Read More »

Three trawlers capsize in Bay of Bengal, 30 missing

Bhola, July 7 (UNB)- A total of 30 fishermen went missing as three trawlers with 43 fishermen on board capsized after being caught in a storm in the Bay of Bengal on Saturday. Officer-in-Charge of Char Fasson Police Station Shamsul Arefin said Monir Majhi along with 16 fishermen of Char Madraj area went to deep sea for fishing on July ... Read More »

UNDP to equip BD women, girls for better climate adaptation

Dhaka, July 7 (UNB) – The government has joined hands with UNDP to implement a $33m project in Satkhira and Khulna districts benefitting almost 7 lakh people mostly women and adolescent girls to help them adapt better to climate change. The six-year project is mainly financed by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), world’s largest multilateral fund for climate change action. ... Read More »

Heavy rains drench Rohingya camps: UNHCR

Dhaka, July 5 (UNB) – Three days of incessant rains in Bangladesh have destroyed 273 shelters and injured 11 people in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps, said UNHCR on Friday. “We remain on high alert, ready to deploy additional emergency response teams to support our network of refugee volunteers and partners as needed,” said UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley at a press ... Read More »

Floating Antarctic ice goes from record high to record lows

Washington, Jul 2 (AP/UNB) — The amount of ice circling Antarctica is suddenly plunging from a record high to record lows, baffling scientists. Floating ice off the southern continent steadily increased from 1979 and hit a record high in 2014. But three years later, the annual average extent of Antarctic sea ice hit its lowest mark, wiping out three-and-a-half decades ... Read More »

Indigenous rights approach a remedy to climate change crisis

By Friday Phiri Jun 29, 2019 (IPS) – The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) was held in Bonn, Germany to rally behind a new approach to achieving a future that is more inclusive and sustainable than the present – through the establishment of secure and proper rights for all. On Jun. 22 and 23, experts, political leaders, NGOs and indigenous peoples ... Read More »