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Who benefits from false climate solutions?

by Karin Nansen Montevideo – In a recent special report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) argues that addressing climate change will require fundamental changes to the way we manage forests and farmland. The data are new, but the underlying conclusion isn’t: for over a decade, scientists, environmentalists, and civil society organizations have been warning that our prevailing – ... Read More »

‘Hour of darkness’ for Bahamas; 43 dead, toll to rise

Abaco, Bahamas (AP) — Search and rescue teams are still trying to reach some Bahamian communities isolated by floodwaters and debris after Hurricane Dorian, while the official death toll has risen to 43 and is likely to increase even more, top officials said. Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said late Friday 35 were known dead on Abaco Island and eight in ... Read More »

Rohingya repatriation needs more global focus: Jap expert

Tokyo (Japan), Sept 7 (UNB) – The international community needs to focus more on repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State instead of focusing only on their food, shelter and healthcare issues, says a Japanese South Asian affairs expert. “We’ve to work on how to bring them (Rohingyas) back to their original country (Myanma),” Ryohei Kasai, ... Read More »

Hurricane death toll in Bahamas at 30 as aid begins to land

Carrying possessions in plastic bags, some weary Bahamians whose homes were smashed by Hurricane Dorian waited Thursday for a flight out of the disaster zone as an international humanitarian effort to help the Caribbean country gained momentum. The death toll rose to 30. A few hundred people gathered at the partly flooded Leonard M. Thompson airport on Abaco island in ... Read More »

Can social safety nets help address climate change

Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) – Representatives from the government, development partners, academia, think tanks and UN agencies came together here on Monday to discuss the role social safety nets play in addressing climate change, building community resilience and helping Bangladesh achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. “This is an important shift in our thought process on disaster management. ... Read More »

Explosive hobby cleaning up French rivers using magnets

Equipped with powerful magnets, history enthusiasts and environmentalists scour France’s rivers, pulling out bits of scrap metal, bikes, scooters and the odd kitchen appliance. Sometimes, too, they fish other more unexpected objects out of the water, such as unexploded munitions. Magnet fishing has fast become a popular pastime, according to public safety officials, but French authorities have clamped down over ... Read More »

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 »