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Deep clean: How ‘blue finance’ can save our oceans

The world’s oceans are running out of breath. In the past 50 years, we have lost nearly half our coral reefs and mangrove forests and the size of marine populations has halved. A third of global fish stocks are already depleted. If trends continue, it is estimated that there will be no stocks left for commercial fishing by 2048 in ... Read More »

HC notice to combat air pollution by 2 City Corpns of Dhaka

Dhaka, May 5- The High Court yesterday summoned the chief executive officers of two Dhaka City Corporations to explain their positions over their reports submitted before the court relating to prevent air pollution in the capital. The HC bench comprising Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader asked them to appear physically before it on May 15. Deputy ... Read More »

BD Water Development Board’s dysfunctional sluice gates

More often than not, structures built by Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) harm the people than benefit them. Another example of this general phenomenon is provided by seven sluice gates that BWDB built to regulate the flow between the Madhumati River and its khals that served as conduits for river water to spread over Madaripur and Gopalganj districts and also ... Read More »

Desertification, drought: Land conservation a risky business

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 29 2019 (IPS) – In light of land degradation and climate change, the protection of the environment is crucial—but the protection of the very people working tirelessly and with much risk to preserve nature should be just as important. Forests have long been underestimated—they sustain biodiversity, regulate the world’s water and weather cycles, and even provide the air ... Read More »

Oil spill in canal as tankers derail, skide of track in Ctg

Chattogram, Apr 29 – Oil spilled into a canal after a freight oil tanker train carrying furnace oil derailed and the tankers skidded off the track in Egaromile area of Hathazari upazila on Monday afternoon. Md Ruhul Amin, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Hathazari, said three tanks of the furnace oil-laden train veered off the tracks around 3pm. One of ... Read More »

Gharials and mugger crocodiles coexist by separating resources

When one species encounters another, also occupying the same habitat, splitting up the resources available can help avoid competition. This is the strategy adopted by gharials and mugger crocodiles in Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary in northern India, according to a study by researchers from the Wildlife Institute of India, which finds that both species have different preferences for basking and nesting ... Read More »

Narmada, the forgotten Indian river, not on anyone’s agenda

Sanjaybhai Machhi, 33, a resident of Bharuch in Gujarat, was a fisherman until a few years ago. He would earn enough from fishing in the Narmada river, to sustain his family. But now things have taken a turn for the worse and Sanjaybhai has had to switch professions to earn a living. With heavy pollution, seawater ingress and lack of ... Read More »

Dhaka North City moves to enforce fire safety in buildings

Dhaka, Apr 18 (UNB) – Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) is going to form three committees to ensure that all the buildings under its jurisdiction have fire safety measures. The decision was taken at a views-exchange meeting held at the Nagar Bhaban on Thursday with DNCC Mayor Atiqul Islam in the chair. The three committees will be named as Central ... Read More »

India’s Jet Airways suspending operations, no money to fly

New Delhi, Apr 18 (AP/UNB) — Jet Airways, once India’s largest airline, announced on Wednesday that it is suspending all operations after failing to raise enough money to run its services. The company said it has been informed by its lenders, led by state-run State Bank of India, that they are unable to consider its request for funding to keep ... Read More »

TK 3.3billion gas burnt a year to boil Dhaka’s water: TIB

More than one-third of service recipients unhappy, it says Dhaka, Apr 17 –Dhaka dwellers have to burn natural gas worth Tk 332.37 crore every year for making water supplied by Wasa drinkable, according to a Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) study. During a survey, 93.0% of consumers reported that they made the supply water drinkable in various ways, of which 91.0% ... Read More »

Bundelkhand villagers want ponds for votes, not river Link

In a remarkable campaign during the ongoing general elections, Bundelkhand villages have demanded PONDs for Votes. This is exactly what is required for Bundelkhand, and not the destructive, costly and contractor driven Ken Betwa link that BJP has been trying to push here. Congratulations to the Bundelkhand people and People’s Science Institute that has led this campaign. Bundelkhand wants its ... Read More »

Dhaka high-rise fire: One owner secures bail

Dhaka, April 11 – The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka yesterday granted bail to Tasvirul Islam, one of the owners of FR Tower in the case filed over the devastating fire that ripped through 22-storied FR Tower at Banani in the capital, killing 26 and leaving some 70 people injured on March 28. Magistrate Md Tofazzal Hossain of ... Read More »

Stop discharging wastes into rivers: PM

Dhaka, Apr 11 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday urged all, particularly mills and factories, to stop discharging wastes into rivers as water pollution has appeared to be a severe problem for the country. “I would like to request you all to stop discharging wastes into rivers…every industrial unit will have to have waste management system so that ... Read More »

The Sabarmati, Gandhi once chose to live by, now dry, nasty

Significant stretches of Gujarat’s Sabarmati river have gone dry or are plagued with pollution, says a latest report by a team of activists and environmentalists. The river in the Ahmedabad city stretch, before the Sabarmati Riverfront, is dry while the stretch along the Sabarmati Riverfront, is brimming with stagnant water, the investigation found.   The report, by non-governmental organisation Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti ... Read More »

HC orders disposal of Rana Plaza case in 6 months

Dhaka, Apr 9 (UNB) – Denying bail to Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana in a case filed over violation of the building code in construction of the building, the High Court on Tuesday directed the lower court to dispose of the case by six months. The HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam passed ... Read More »

Rainfall sharply improves Dhaka’s air quality

Dhaka, Apr 9 (UNB) –Violent storms hit capital Dhaka on Tuesday evening helping its air quality to post a marked improvement. Dhaka climbed down to 22nd position in the Air Quality Index (AQI) as it had a score of 82 at 7:02pm, indicating that the air quality was moderate. Delhi topped the list of cities with worst air quality with ... Read More »

Paris, Milan, C’hagen laud London’s ultra-low emission zone

Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40 Cities, Anne Hidalgo. “Bravo Sadiq Khan, for implementing one of the largest and most comprehensive Low Emission Zones of any city in the world. The ULEZ will undoubtedly bring long-lasting benefits to London, improving public health, boosting local economies and protecting all Londoners and in particular children from the effects of toxic air ... Read More »

Two sons of Wahed Mansion owner on remand

Dhaka, April 8 – A Dhaka court on Monday granted seven days’ remand to two sons of Wahed Mansion’s owner in a case lodged by a local resident over the deadly fire in the Old Dhaka’s Chawkbazar area. Magistrate Rajesh Chowdhury of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka passed the order on Monday. Earlier, Chawkbazar Police Station Inspector ... Read More »

2 owners of fire-ravaged Dhaka highrise sent to jail

Dhaka, April 8 – A Dhaka court on Monday sent the two owners of FR Tower to jail in connection with the case filed over the devastating fire that ripped through the high-rise building on March 28 killing 26 people. Metropolitan Magistrate Sadbir Yasir Ahsan Chowdhury sent them to jail after rejecting their bail petitions in connection with the case. ... Read More »

Bangladesh airliner makes emergency landing in Chittagong

Dhaka, Apr 8 (UNB) – A Dhaka-bound flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines from Singapore with 84 passengers on board made an emergency landing at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chattogram on Monday evening following a technical glitch. General Manager (Public Relations) of the national flag carrier Shakil Meraj told UNB that Boeing 737 BG085 flight made the emergency landing around ... Read More »

Israel PM vows to annex West Bank settlements if re-elected

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if he is re-elected. Israelis go to the polls on Tuesday and Mr Netanyahu is competing for votes with right-wing parties who support annexing part of the West Bank. The settlements are illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this. Last month the US ... Read More »

WWF sounds alarm after 48 lbs of plastic found in dead whale

Milan, Apr 6 (AP/UNB) — An 8-meter (26-foot) sperm whale was found dead off Sardinia with 22 kilograms (48.5 pounds) of plastic in its belly, prompting the World Wildlife Foundation to sound an alarm Monday over the dangers of plastic waste in the Mediterranean Sea. The environmental group said the garbage recovered from the sperm whale’s stomach included a corrugated ... Read More »

Boeing cutting production rate of troubled 737 Max jet

Washington, Apr 6 (AP/UNB) -Boeing will cut production of its troubled 737 Max airliner this month, underscoring the growing financial risk it faces the longer that its best-selling plane remains grounded after two deadly crashes. The company said Friday that starting in mid-April it will cut production of the plane to 42 from 52 planes per month so it can ... Read More »

Dams blamed for shrinking area, farm output in Kaveri delta

by K.A. Shaji • The delta of river Kaveri, which is the agricultural backbone of south India, has shrunk by 20 percent because of diversion of land for non-agricultural purposes and climate change. • The region witnessed an increase in the wasteland area since 1971, according to experts. Upstream dams trap silt and do not let it flow into the ... Read More »

Air pollution killed 123 thousand in BD in 2017: Report

Dhaka, April 4 (UNB) – At least 1.23 lakh people were killed in Bangladesh in 2017 due to indoor and outdoor air pollution, said a new study on global air pollution. Two US based institutes Health Effects Institute (HEI) and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) on Wednesday released a detailed report on quality of the global air with ... Read More »

Highrise fire likely from electric short circuit: Probe body

Dhaka, Mar 31 (UNB) – The probe committee formed by the Home and Disaster Management and Relief Ministries suspected that the fire at FR Tower originated from an electric short-circuit on the 7th floor of the building that killed 26 people. Additional Secretary Faijur Rahman, head of the probe body formed by the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry, came up ... Read More »

Green, gray infrastructure mix for water, climate resilience

“Integrating Green and Gray – Creating Next Generation Infrastructure” is a joint report from the World Bank and the World Resources Institute (WRI) that aims to advance the integration of green and gray infrastructure solutions on the ground. It places a spotlight on the world’s growing infrastructure crisis, driven by climate change and growing populations. It proposes insights, solutions and ... Read More »

How to accelerate access to adequate sanitation, hygiene

by Ayat Soliman Globally, 2.4 billion people still live without access to basic sanitation – and over 760 million of these people live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Today only 27% of Sub-Saharan Africa’s population has access to basic sanitation and 220 million people across the continent still practice open defecation – in some countries, this number is increasing, as service providers ... Read More »

Dhaka ranks world’s worst in Air Quality Index Wednesday

Dhaka, Mar 20 – Bangladesh capital Dhaka was ranked worst in the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Wednesday. Dhaka had a score of 179 at 10:50 am, indicating that the air quality was unhealthy. A numerical value between 151 and 200 indicates that everyone may begin to experience health effects. Members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects. ... Read More »