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Rain damages a huge quantity of Ekushey book fair books

Dhaka, Feb 17 (UNB) – An early morning shower on Sunday caught the book publishers at the Amar Ekushey book fair off-guarded as it damaged huge books at the fair venue.   Jalal Ahmed, member secretary of the book fair management committee, told UNB that some stalls were also damaged due to the rain that swept the city coupled with ... Read More »

Hasina wants richer sections all over to fight climate change

Munich, Feb 17 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has underscored the ‘will’ of the richer segments of societies – everywhere – to act ambitiously against climate change as there are enormous amount of science, technology, innovation and finance  to address the problem. “Let me also say we’ve enormous amount of science – technology – innovation – finance to address ... 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 »

Only immediate climate action can save the future

by John Scales Avery Only immediate climate action can save the future. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon. A new book. I have written a 396-page book about the steps that are urgently needed in order to save the future for our children ... 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 »

Towards a common food policy for the EU

The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) has released a new report: “Towards A Common Food Policy for the EU”. The report maps out a single, time-bound vision for reforming European food systems, realigning the various sectoral policies that affect food production, processing, distribution, and consumption, and refocusing all actions on the transition to sustainability. This comprehensive ... Read More »

Desertification: The right to life, liberty, and land

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 7 2019 (IPS) – Sustainable land management is becoming more important than ever as rates of emissions, deforestation, and water scarcity continue to increase. But what if you don’t have rights to the land?While the impact of agriculture on land is well known, the relationship between land degradation and land tenure seems to be less understood. In fact, ... Read More »

Indian nationals warned of ‘fake embassy calls’

bahrain – February 06, 2019 Some recent incidents have come to the notice of the Embassy of India in the Kingdom wherein a fake person/agency is making hoax phone calls to Indian nationals on false grounds regarding passport and consular services, asking for a monetary transfer. In this context, the Indian Embassy has issued a warning to its nationals to ... Read More »

Transboundary climate adaptation with river basin orgs

Submitted by Christina Leb On Wed, 01/30/2019; co-authors: Sonja Köppel Water, climate, and finance know no borders. This brings both challenges and opportunities. When it comes to freshwater, a majority of the world’s surface water flows in transboundary basins, spanning multiple federal states and countries. At the same time, most impacts from climate change are felt through the global water ... 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 »

Making communities drought resilient

GEORGETOWN, Feb 1 2019 (IPS) – The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD’s) Drought Initiative is in full swing with dozens of countries signing up to plan their drought programme. The Drought Initiative involves taking action on national drought preparedness plans, regional efforts to reduce drought vulnerability and risk, and a toolbox to boost the resilience of people and ... Read More »

Bringing greener pastures back home

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 22 2019 (IPS) – One month on since the Global Compact for Migration was approved, civil society has highlighted the need to turn words into action, supporting those who have been displaced or forced to migrate as a result of environmental degradation. In December, over 160 countries adopted the landmark Global Compact for Migration (GCM) which recognised ... Read More »

Heavy rain, flooding causes 12 deaths in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, Jan 31 (AP/UNB) — Saudi Arabia says 12 people have died and more than 170 have been injured this week due to flooding from heavy rain in the northwest. The Civil Defense says Thursday that 10 people died in the area of Tabuk, one in Medina and another in the Northern Borders region. It did not say what ... Read More »

10 Latin American city Mayors commit to share of Paris Deal

Cities will develop Climate Action Plans that deliver on the objectives of the Paris Agreement, with support from C40 Cities and the UK government.Pledge made at meeting of city officials in Quito, Ecuador. Quito, Ecuador 29 January — Buenos Aires; Curitiba; Guadalajara; Lima; Medellín; Mexico City; Quito; Rio de Janeiro; Salvador & São Paulo today revealed their commitment to bold ... Read More »

Mild cold wave starts sweeping across Bangladesh

Dhaka, Jan 29 – The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) on Tuesday forecast mild cold wave in late Magh is likely to sweep over the western parts of the country in the next 72 hours. The mild cold wave may be on the increase for three to four days, said a meteorologist of Bangladesh Meteorological Department. The winter season mainly lasts ... 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 »

COP24: Sum and substance of climate diplomacy

NEW DELHI, Jan 23 2019 (IPS) – As I was attending the 24th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change—to create a rulebook to operationalise the Paris Agreement—in Katowice, Poland, it dawned on me, like never before, that the negotiations were taking place in a make-believe world. There was a stark disconnect between what is ... 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 »

Disrupting multilateral climate finance

by Håvard Halland, Justin Yifu Lin Beijing – A recent report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that to avoid the direct consequences of global warming, societies must make social and economic changes on a scale with “no documented historic precedent.” As we have noted previously, only institutional investors – like pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, ... 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 »

Global Warming: Severe Consequences for Africa

Record global greenhouse gas emissions are putting the world on a path toward unacceptable warming, with serious implications for development prospects in Africa. “Limiting warming to 1.5° C is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics, but doing so would require unprecedented changes,” said Jim Skea, cochair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III. Read More »