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Super Cyclone Amphan comes closer to Bangladesh coast

Dhaka, May 19 – The peripheral winds of the very severe cyclonic storm Amphan have already started hitting the Bangladesh coasts blowing its clouds that are causing rainfall. The Bangladesh Meteorological Department has said the destructive cyclone may grow more severe and cross the coast between Khulna and Chittagong Tuesday night with windspeed up to 185 kilometres per hour. Read More »

Climate Action Can Help to Fight Pandemics

By Aaron Bernstein BOSTON – The COVID-19 crisis has brought economies around the world to a standstill. Huge swaths of manufacturing have been idled, and sectors such as aviation and tourism are largely shuttered. Amid all the economic ruin, some have pointed to a supposed silver lining: cleaner air. But while it is true that today’s lower air pollution will ... Read More »

Covid-19 Aid Limits in Bangladesh Imperil Rohingya – HRW

Refugee Camp Restrictions Threaten ‘Critical Services’ Bangkok – The Bangladesh government’s new Covid-19 restrictions on access to aid put Rohingya refugees at greater risk, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. The lockdown measures cut humanitarian workers in refugee camps by 80 percent and put the refugees at severe risk of food and water shortages and disease outbreak. Bangladesh authorities should ensure ... Read More »

Welcome afternoon thunder shower sweeps over Dhaka

Dhaka dwellers witnessed a brief but heavy rain coupled with thundershowers on Thursday afternoon. Met office recorded a wind speed of 74 kilometers per hour in the capital in the afternoon, said AKM Nazmul Haque, said an official at the weather office. The met office earlier predicted that rain/thunder showers accompanied by temporary gust/squally wind is likely to occur over Rajshahi, ... Read More »

The World Must Not Forget Climate Change

by Dirk Messner, Nick Nuttall DESSAU-ROßLAU – If the current coronavirus pandemic has taught us anything, it is that our interconnected, globalized economies and societies are highly vulnerable to sudden shocks. The COVID-19 outbreak, and the horrendous scale of its impact, was an unforeseeable “black swan” event. Right now, the imperative is to fast-track packages and policies that help to ... Read More »

Water resources essential part of solution to climate change

World Water Day: Often overlooked, water resources are an essential part of the solution to climate change On World Water Day, the United Nations launched a flagship report which says that reducing both the impacts and drivers of climate change will require major shifts in the way we use and reuse the Earth’s limited water resources. Read More »

Landing a Blow Against Climate Change

by Ibrahim Thiaw BONN – In the face of climate change, providing reliable supplies of renewable energy to all who need it has become one of the biggest development challenges of our time. Meeting the international community’s commitment to keep global warming below 1.5-2°C, relative to preindustrial levels, will require expanded use of bioenergy, carbon storage and capture, land-based mitigation ... Read More »

Plea for Third Pole Alliance to face Himalaya climate change

January 28, 2020 SANDRP In July 2019, former Prime Minister of Bhutan and President of the People’s Democratic Party Tshering Tobgay makes impassioned plea to act on the melting glaciers of Hindu Kush due to climate change and among other things, form a Third Pole Alliance of eight countries of the region, including China, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar ... Read More »

The fierce urgency of COP26

by Adam Tooze Adam Tooze stresses that the critical COP26 conference later this year hinges on European unity and radical leadership. There are turning points in history. Moments that matter, those mark beginnings and ends. As Martin Luther King reminded us, ‘There is such a thing as being too late.’ It is that which can give politics its fierce urgency. ... Read More »

Climate change and financial risk

By Pierpaolo Grippa, Jochen Schmittmann, and Felix Suntheim WASHINGTON DC, Jan 16 2020 (IPS) – Climate change is already a reality. Ever-more-ferocious cyclones and extended droughts lead to the destruction of infrastructure and the disruption of livelihoods and contribute to mass migration. Read More »

2020: a year full of danger

By Farhana Haque Rahman Rome, Jan 6 2020 (IPS) – Let’s face what lies ahead with open eyes: 2020 is going to be a very tough year for the world, and developing countries in particular. The infant decade has already begun with the harbingers of climate disaster as thousands fled to beaches in Australia from raging bush fires, and the ... Read More »