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Global hunger threatening families because of climate change

By Siddharth Chatterjee Nairobi, Kenya, May 2019 (IPS) – There is barely a corner of human life that will not be affected by climate change, and some of its impacts are already being felt. Consider this, 821 million people are now hungry and over 150 million children stunted, putting the hunger eradication goal, SDG 2, at risk. Today 15 May, ... Read More »

Act urgently on climate change: Urban 20 Group urge G20

Mayors and Governors of U20 cities, including Tokyo, Berlin, Jakarta, Rome and Osaka will present the Urban 20 Communiqué to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of G20 Summit in Japan U20 urges G20 leaders to ensure greenhouse gas emissions peak by 2020, reduce substantially by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050. Tokyo, Japan (22 May 2019) — Mayors from ... Read More »

Bonda tribe of India’s Odisha hit by changing climate

by Tanmoy Bhaduri The Bonda people, living in hilltop villages on the Kondakamberu mountain range in Odisha, are one of the 13 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) in the state. • Rising temperatures and deforestation, along with poor development and insurgency by radical groups, have impacted the traditional practices and lifestyle of the Bonda tribal community. • Community members are ... Read More »

Save the whole planet from climate change in self-interest

Concluding a week-long visit to the South Pacific, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on the world’s decision-makers to make “enlightened” choices on climate action because “the whole planet” is at stake. “Over the past week, I have witnessed first-hand the impacts of climate change in the Pacific Island States”, the UN chief said in a statement concluding his visit ... Read More »

Stop Tuvalu and ‘the world from sinking’: Guterres

Tuvalu “faces an existential threat from sea-level rise”, the United Nations chief said during his visit to the Pacific island nation on Friday whose highest point is less than five metres above the waves. “We must stop Tuvalu from sinking and the world from sinking with Tuvalu”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in a tweet posted during his on-going trip to ... Read More »

Largest freshwater lake in BD inching towards death

Dhaka, Bangladesh, May 17(UNB/IPS) – Kaptai Lake, the biggest manmade lake in Bangladesh, is heading for a tragic end as sediments fill up its bottom and waste materials continue to pollute it every day. The 688-square-kilometre lake, created by damming the Karnafuli River in Rangamati for hydroelectricity in 1960, has been providing livelihood for a large portion of the local ... Read More »

UN chief outlines ‘intertwined challenges’ of climate change

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji on 15 May 2019., by UN Photo-Mark Garten

Visiting Fiji for the first time as Secretary-General, António Guterres outlined two “fundamental challenges” facing leaders attending the Pacific Islands Forum on Tuesday, namely climate change and the world’s rising ocean, which threatens to submerge low-lying nations. “The Pacific region is on the frontline of climate change”, he said. “That means you are also our important allies in the fight ... Read More »

Dhaka to have sweltering hot weather for some more days

Dhaka, May 9 – The people would not get relief from the summer hot spell as the ongoing condition is likely to continue in the next three to four days across Bangladesh, said the met office. The highest temperature recorded was 39.5 degrees Celsius in Rajshahi division, while the temperature in Dhaka was recorded 35.6 degree Celsius at around 12 ... Read More »

Conservation of Sikkim biodiversity needs re-strategising: study

by T. V. Padma on 6 May 2019 • Protected areas in the Himalayan region in India need to be expanded to conserve endemic Himalayan species and minimise the impact of climate change, a new study has shown. • Creating new protected areas and extending boundaries of existing ones, in addition to expanding the protected area network, are suggested to ... Read More »

Protecting refugees in Bangladesh during Monsoon season

Government Should Prioritize Safety in Relocation Efforts Brad Adams, Asia Director Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister Abdul Momen recently warned that the coming monsoon season will bring serious risk to Rohingya refugees living in settlements in Cox’s Bazar. But instead of calling for practical safeguards against flooding and landslides, Momen doubled down on a controversial plan to send refugees to Bhasan Char, ... Read More »

Cyclone Fani: Danger signal 7 issued at Mongla, Payra ports

Dhaka, May 2 – Khulna and adjoining southwestern coastal areas will feel the peripheral effect of ‘Fani’ by Friday morning, the Met Office says, advising Mongla and Payra ports to display danger signal number seven. The very severe cyclonic storm was 915km southwest of Mongla port and 925km Southwest of Payra port at 9am on Thursday. Coastal districts of Bhola, ... Read More »

Fani now monster: Alert for BD ports, Evacuation in Odisha

Dhaka, May 1 – The maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist local warning signal No 4 as the very severe cyclonic storm “Fani” over the West Central Bay and adjoining area moved northwestwards further over the same area. Indian news agency IANS reported: With the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani inching closer ... Read More »

Cyclone ‘Fani’ intensifies into ‘severe cyclonic storm’

Dhaka, Apr 30 – Cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ in the Southeast Bay and adjoining Southwest Bay, has moved slightly northwards and intensified into a “severe cyclonic storm”. It is likely to intensify further and move in a north/northwesterly direction, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department said in a bulletin. The storm was centered about 1,325 km Southwest of Chattogram port, 1,260 km Southwest ... Read More »

Cyclonic storm Fani 1500km South of Ctg may intensify

Dhaka, April 30 – Cyclonic storm Fani is likely to intensify further within 12 to 15 hour as it moved North-northwestwards further, said met office on Monday. It was centred about 1540 km south of Chittagong port 1510 km south of Cox’s Bazar port yesterday (Monday) evening, according to the met office. Aftab Uddin, a meteorologist of the Bangladesh Meteorological ... Read More »

Global energy consumption is up — so are emissions

NEW DELHI, Apr 22 2019 (IPS) – Our acceptance of climate change doesn’t keep pace with our energy consumption reduction. However, the latest International Energy Agency’s (IEA’S) Global Energy and CO2 Status Report for 2018has some good news. It offers where possible answers lie in our quest to mitigate climate change. This is what we should discuss. But transitions in energy use ... Read More »

Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists

Anchorage, Apr 14 (AP/UNB) — The Yupik Eskimo village of Kotlik on Alaska’s northwest coast relies on a cold, hard blanket of sea ice to protect homes from vicious winter Bering Sea storms. Frigid north winds blow down from the Arctic Ocean, freeze saltwater and push sea ice south. The ice normally prevents waves from forming and locks onto beaches, ... Read More »

Cities around the world turn off lights to mark Earth Hour

Hong Kong, Mar 30 (AP/UNB) — Cities around the world were marking Earth Hour on Saturday night by turning off the lights in a call for global action on climate change. In Hong Kong, major buildings along Victoria Harbour turned off their non-essential lights at 8:30 p.m., and the city’s popular tourist attraction known as the Symphony of Lights was ... Read More »

New UN Climate report another strong wake-up call: Guterres

The increasing number of natural disasters and dangers linked to climate change, highlighted in a major UN report released on Thursday, represents “another strong wake-up call” to the world, which must be countered by finding sustainable solutions quickly, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said. Speaking at the launch of the State of the Global Climate report by the World Meteorological ... Read More »

The unbearable unrealism of the present

by Paul Mason What characterises the present moment in history is a pervasive sense of unrealism among elites. Official discourses are no longer used as guides to action, laws are not applied and regulations are ignored. The ultimate symbol of the unrealism in the world is contained in two graphs. The first is the projection by the United States’ Congressional ... Read More »

Scientist who popularized term ‘global warming’ dies at 87

New York, Feb 19 (AP/UNB) — A scientist who raised early alarms about climate change and popularized the term “global warming” has died. Wallace Smith Broecker was 87. The longtime Columbia University professor and researcher died Monday at a New York City hospital, according to a spokesman for the university’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Kevin Krajick said Broecker had been ailing ... Read More »

Geoengineering is a dangerous distraction

Carroll Muffett Washington, DC – As concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide surpass 400 parts per million, the costs of the climate crisis – in terms of economic losses, environmental impacts, and human lives – continue to rise. Last October, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that global temperatures approaching 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels will have serious consequences for ... Read More »

How devastating is climate change for world peace, security?

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 13 2019 (IPS) – When the Security Council, the most powerful body at the United Nations, met last month to discuss the growing new threats to world peace and security, the discussion veered away from international terrorism, nuclear Armageddon and the rash of ongoing military conflicts in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. And 83 of the 193 ... Read More »

Climate change may destroy Sundarbans tigers in 50 years

Dhaka, Feb 14 (UNB) – A new study has warned that the Sundarbans’ famed ‘Royal Bengal Tigers’ could be gone within 50 years, especially from the Bangladeshi part, because of constant rise in sea levels and climate change. The study titled ‘Combined effects of climate change and sea-level rise project dramatic habitat loss of the globally endangered Bengal tiger in ... Read More »

A-2oC temperature rise could melt half the Himalaya glaciers

Dhaka, Feb 04 – A Two-degree C temperature rise could melt half of the laciers in Hindu Kush Himalaya region, destabilizing Asia’s rivers, according to a new study. The comprehensive study of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region, known as the world’s “Third Pole” for its vast store of ice, and home to Mount Everest, K2 and other soaring peaks, ... Read More »

Big emitters in Bd asked to go for rapid mitigation of GHGs

Dhaka, Jan 26 (UNB) – Bangladesh has said big emitters must go for rapid mitigation of GHGs apart from providing financial resources and ensuring technology transfer to the vulnerable countries for their adaptation efforts. “This would be the most effective response to the threats to international peace and security posed by climate change and related disasters,” said Permanent Representative of ... Read More »

Climate change as ‘threat multiplier’ – impacts peace

25 January 2019, Climate Change As climate change is increasingly recognized as a “threat multiplier” by scientists, political representatives, and civil society across the world, the United Nations Security Council held an open debate on Friday to discuss its concrete impact on peace and security, and focus on tangible ways to diminish the effects of global warming. “The relationship between ... Read More »

An optimist’s guide to climate change

by Lynn Scarlett Washington, DC – During a recent commute to work, as my car inched along in rush-hour traffic, I watched a heron stalk the banks of the Potomac River. The majestic bird was a timely reminder that nature and beauty can be found in the unlikeliest of circumstances. And yet, even for optimists like me, it is getting ... Read More »