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Red alert in Sundarbans ahead of Eid to protect wildlife

Khulna, Aug 9 (UNB) –The forest department has issued red alert in the Sundarbans ahead of Eid-ul-Azha to protect the wildlife of the world heritage site. Leave of all the officials and employees of different stations and patrol outposts has been cancelled to ensure smooth patrolling in the forest during the Eid vacation, said M Bashirul Al Mamun, DFO of ... Read More »

Money grows on trees–don’t uproot them

By Friday Phiri Pemba, Zambia, Jul 26 2019 (IPS) – Jennifer Handondo, a small scale farmer of Choma district in southern Zambia, plants food crops such as maize mostly for her family’s needs. Because of uncharacteristically high temperatures and low rainfall during the planting season in March, the divorced mother who single-handedly supports her three children has not been able ... Read More »

Tree fair fetches Tk 11 mn selling 16 lakh saplings

Dhaka, July 22 (UNB) – The month-long National Tree Plantation Campaign and Fair-2019 evoked an overwhelming response from plant and nature lovers as saplings worth around Tk 11 crore were sold during the fair. The fair, inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on June 20 last, concluded on Sunday. A total of 105 nurseries, including 13 public ones, showcased thousands ... Read More »

New Mexico governor seeks ideas for recreational pot law

Santa Fe, Jun 29 (AP/UNB) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is launching a new effort to craft legislation that could legalize recreational marijuana sales next year. The first-year Democratic governor announced Friday her recruitment of health, legal and fiscal policy experts to serve in a new discussion group that provides recommendations on state legalization. Members of the group ... Read More »

5 BD cement factories near Sundarbans get EIA nod: Minister

Dhaka, Jun 29 (UNB) –Five air-polluting cement factories located within the ecologically critical area of the Sundarbans Reserve Forest have been given environmental clearance, Forest Minister Md Shahab Uddin told Parliament on Saturday. The factories are Meghna Cement Mills Ltd, Bashundhara Cement Mills Ltd, Mongla Cement Mills Ltd, Dubai-Bangla Cement Mills Ltd, and Holcim (Bangladesh) Ltd. “These air-polluting cement factories ... Read More »

Give up Rampal power plant project: TIB urges govt

Dhaka, June 17 – Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on Monday urged the government to stop all ‘controversial projects’ including Rampal power plant which might pose a threat to largest mangrove Sundarbans. Expressing concern over the UNESCO’s recent proposal of listing Sundarbans under the category of ‘World Heritage in Danger’, which will be placed at the 43rd session of the UNESCO ... Read More »

Bangladesh Sundarbans has Tk 19-billon carbon reserve: Survey

Khulna, June 7 (UNB) – There is a reserve of 5.6 crore tonnes of carbon in the Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans, says a survey of the Forest Department. This carbon worth Tk 18,816 crore could be extracted without causing any harm to the world’s largest mangrove forest, experts said calling for taking steps to collect the substance. According to ... Read More »

Long life to their majesties, the bees!

By Baher Kamal Madrid, May (IPS) – Amazingly organised social communities, bees ensure food chain. ‘Bee’ grateful to them… at least on their World Day! While the (surprisingly) still called homo sapiens continues to destroy Mother Nature, bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, carry on performing their vital role as one of the most marvellous, unpaid, ... Read More »

‘Fani’ rains bring smiles to Rajshahi mango growers in BD

Mangoes at a garden in Rajshahi, Bangladesh. File photo

Rajshahi, May 12 – Mango growers in the Bangladesh district of Rajshahi are expecting a bumper yield this year as they said the rains caused by recent cyclone Fani have brought an extra benefit to them. Dr Alim Uddin, a scientific officer at Rajshahi Fruits Research Institute, said, “The rains caused by Fani have prompted the growth of mangoes. Growers ... Read More »

Ensuring the ‘lungs of the planet’ keep us alive

Indonesia Pahmung krui Damar Forest by Eka Fendiaspara. One of the winners of the International Pahmung krui Damar Forest by Eka Fendiaspara. One of the winners of the International Forest Photograph Contest.

Forests are vitally important for sustaining life on Earth, and play a major role in the fight against climate change. With the 2019 session of the United Nations Forum on Forests wrapping up on Friday in New York, we delve deeper into the subject, and find out what the UN is doing to safeguard and protect them. The forests in ... Read More »

The beautiful Blue Raintree

Stuttgart, Germany – It looks just beautiful. A beauty does not need to be explained in so many words. The Blue Raintree makes one happy at the first look. At the Stuttgart Garden exhibition held from 25-28, April 2019, I saw this tree once again and wondered how beautiful nature is? I took a seat with my friend to enjoy ... Read More »

China says lightning caused forest fire that killed 31

Beijing, Apr 6 (AP/UNB) — Lighting sparked a forest fire in mountainous western China last month that killed 27 firefighters and four local helpers in one of the country’s deadliest days for first responders, investigators said. Acting on accounts of eyewitnesses in Sichuan province’s Muli county, investigators located an 18-meter (59-foot) pine tree split by lightning that they identified as ... Read More »

Carrying flammable substances inside Sundarbans banned

Bagerhat, Apr 3 (UNB) – Bangladesh has prohibited carrying any type of flammable substances inside the Sundarbans to prevent occurrences of fire at the world heritage site in summer. The Department of Forest (DOF) issued the notice as different areas including Boidomari, Katakhali, Boroitola, Jhiudhora, Gulishakhali, Amurbunia, Nangli and Kolomteji inside the world’s largest mangrove forest are fire prone.  Considering ... Read More »

Climate change imperils Sundarbans tiger habitats

In 50 years from now, by 2070, the entire population of Bengal tigers in the Sundarbans mangroves in Bangladesh is likely to be lost to climate change and sea level rise, a modeling study by Bangladesh and Australian researchers has predicted. Further, by 2050 researchers forecast that a Ceriops decandra-dominated mangrove stretch along the India-Bangladesh border would potentially be the only refuge of ... Read More »

Southeast Asia’s eastern hog deer found in Manipur, India

Researchers at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, had been, for long, puzzled by the features of hog deer at the Keibul Lamjao National Park (KLNP) in Manipur. Although larger, with no speckling, and sporting a brighter ochre coat and bulkier antlers compared to the rest of their species India, these had hitherto assumed to be the western hog deer species. However, a genetic intervention ... Read More »

Rohingyas eating up much of Bangladesh forests: FM

Dhaka, Feb 24 (UNB) –Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday said over 1.2 million Rohingyas living in Cox’s Bazar district of the country are eating up much of Bangladesh’s forests creating environmental disasters.  He, however, said Bangladesh has already been considered as a role model in the management of natural disasters and noted “tremendous success” the country achieved ... Read More »

Bamboo — the magic bullet to rapid carbon sequestration?

As thousands of environmental technocrats, policy makers and academics work round the clock to come up with strategies for mitigation and adaptation to climate change at the United Nations’ conference in Katowice, Poland, one scientist is asking Parties to consider massive bamboo farming as a simple but rapid way of sequestering carbon from the atmosphere. Read More »

Rosatom dedicates its documentary “Wild Edens” to Turkey

The premiere of the second serial of the documentary “Wild Edens: Turkey,” that highlights the issue of climate change, took place in Ankara of Turkey recently. Focusing on the flora and fauna in the one-of-a-kind natural habitats of Turkey, the programme highlights the unique and delicate habitat of the Kars Wetland, the Caucasus, and the Mediterranean Sea. Read More »

The bleak fate of the Amazon

Paulo Artaxo SÃO PAULO – Last month, a deeply divided Brazil voted to elect its next president. Faced with a choice between Fernando Haddad of the leftist Workers’ Party and the right-wing extremist Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilians chose the extremist – an outcome that will have far-reaching consequences for the environment, among other things. Read More »