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Plastic waste pact approved with US among few holdouts

Geneva, May 11 (AP/UNB)  — Almost every country in the world has agreed on a legally binding framework for reducing polluting plastic waste, with the United States a notable exception, United Nations environmental officials said Friday. An agreement on tracking thousands of types of plastic waste emerged at the end of a two-week meeting of U.N.-backed conventions on plastic waste ... Read More »

India’s growing solar energy could leave a trail of wastes

Solar power may promise a bright future for India’s energy requirements, but behind the sheen is a growing mountain of waste. While the national government is pushing an ambitious solar power programme for India, it has, so far, failed to put in a mechanism to address the problem of waste, including environmentally hazardous materials, from solar photovoltaic panels that can ... Read More »

HC shows grave concern over food adulteration

Dhaka, May 9 – The High Court yesterday expressed grave concerned over the poor activity of government’s organizations in stopping food adulteration and taking legal action against the responsible persons for leading people toward death through supplying contaminated foods. It also expressed anxiety for not withdrawal of 52 food items from the market even after these were found sub-standard by ... Read More »

HC seeks list of companies involved in milk adulteration

Dhaka, May 8 (UNB) – The High Court on Wednesday directed the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) to submit a list of the companies involved in adulteration of milk and curd within May 15. A bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam passed the order after a report in this regard was submitted before the ... Read More »

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 »

UN aid chief: No progress so Rohingya can return to Myanmar

United Nations, Apr 30 (AP/UNB)— The U.N. humanitarian chief says there has been “no progress” in dealing with the reasons why more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh from western Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Just returned from a visit to Bangladesh, Mark Lowcock said Myanmar has failed “to put in place confidence-building measures that would persuade people it’s safe to ... 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 »

People in a Mumbai waste-filled slum barely make it to 40

by Apekshita Varshney • Every day, 9000 metric tonnes of waste goes to the 134-hectare Deonar dumping ground in Mumbai. • The life expectancy of people living around the dumping ground hovers at 39 years, as against an urban life expectancy of 73.5 years in the state. • Better implementation of solutions, political will, stronger leaders and citizen responsibility is ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Carrying flammable substances inside Sundarbans banned

Bagerhat, Apr 3 (UNB) – Bangladesh has prohibited carrying any type of flammable substances inside the Sundarbans to prevent occurrences of fire at the world heritage site in summer. The Department of Forest (DOF) issued the notice as different areas including Boidomari, Katakhali, Boroitola, Jhiudhora, Gulishakhali, Amurbunia, Nangli and Kolomteji inside the world’s largest mangrove forest are fire prone.  Considering ... Read More »

Zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance ring alarm bells

Data released recently by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reveal that antibiotics used to treat infections that can be transmitted between animals and humans (zoonoses) like campylobacteriosis and salmonellosis are becoming less effective. The joint report refers to 2017 data collected from 28 EU member states from humans, pigs and ... 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 »

Dhaka ranked 2nd worst city in Sunday Air Quality Index

Dhaka, Mar – Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka was ranked second worst city in the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Sunday. Dhaka had a score of 208 at 8:47pm, indicating that the air quality was very 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 ... Read More »

Dhaka’s air quality unhealthy; world’s 5th worst

Dhaka, Feb 20 (UNB) – Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka ranked fifth on Wednesday in the AirVisual Index of the world’s cities with the worst air quality. In the real-time air quality ranking, Dhaka scored 164 on Wednesday and classified as “unhealthy”, according to AirVisual. On Tuesday, Dhaka remained on top of the air quality index for some time scoring 361 and ... Read More »

HC orders assessment of cow fodder, milk contamination

Dhaka, Feb 11 – The High Court on Monday directed the authorities concerned to conduct a survey to determine how much cow milk, dairy products and cow fodder containing bacteria, antibiotic, lead and pesticides are supplied across the country, which is harmful to public health. In a suo moto move, the HC bench comprising Justice Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice ... Read More »

Highest mobile malware infections in Bangladesh?

Dhaka, Feb 10 (UNB) – Bangladesh is on top of the countries having the risk of mobile malware infections with 35.91 percent of users being affected, according to a study. The study conducted by US-based Comparitech on 60 countries, however, ranked Bangladesh 6th in overall cybersecurity rankings (from the worst to the best) with a total score of 47.21. According ... Read More »

90 pc people in Dhaka victims of air pollution: Poba

Dhaka, Feb 9 – Green activists on Saturday voiced deep concern that around 90 percent dwellers in Dhaka city are affected by serious dust pollution and urged the authorities concerned to take effective steps to check it. Speaking at a human chain programme, they also said the intensity of dust pollution rises usually during winter due to road digging and ... Read More »

Canada implements new guidelines on food, not food waste

By Stephen Leahy ONTARIO, Canada, Feb 8 2019 (IPS) – Canada introduced a new healthy eating food guide in January 2019 and, for the first time, the meat, dairy and processed food and beverage industries were not involved. Based on the recommendations of health and nutrition experts, the guide places a new emphasis on eating plants, drinking water and cooking ... Read More »

News on ‘plastic rice’ baseless: Minister

Dhaka, Feb 6 (UNB) – Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzak on Wednesday trashed reports on the manufacturing of so-called plastic rice in Bangladesh, saying it was impossible. “News reports on plastic rice are baseless. The rice in question has been cooked and also made into puffed rice. Claims about it being plastic rice aren’t realistic,” he told reporters at secretariat after ... Read More »

Removing arsenic from groundwater: Let’s use the tools

HAMILTON, Canada, Feb 1 2019 (IPS) – Cost-effective technologies are available to remove arsenic in groundwater. Why then do tens of millions still fall ill to this chronic problem? High natural levels of arsenic are characteristic of the groundwater supply in many countries, including Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Mongolia, and the United States. Some of the contamination is caused by mining, fertilizers ... Read More »

‘Plastic-like rice’ seized in Gaibandha

Gaibandha, Feb 4 (UNB) – Police in a drive seized ‘plastic-like rice’ from a shop in the town on Monday morning. Police said that one Rony Miah identified the rice as plastic while cooking it. Later, he went to Gaibandha Sadar Police Station along with the rice and lodged a complaint. Following his complaint, police raided the shop of one ... Read More »

Bd govt mulls E-waste management policy: Minister

Dhaka, Feb 2 – Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar on Saturday said a policy on managing e-waste was at its final stage. “It is currently with the law ministry,” he said at a roundtable discussion on ‘E-waste management: A huge challenge for Bangladesh’ organised by Telecom Reporters’ Network Bangladesh in the city. “The government will give much ... 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 »

Operate mobile court to stop air pollution: HC

Dhaka, Jan 28 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday ordered the Department of Environment (DoE) to conduct mobile court drives twice a week to take legal action against those responsible for air pollution in the capital. The bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader issued the order after hearing a writ petition.  The court also ... Read More »