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Inclement weather affects 22,000 Rohingyas in camps

Cox’s Bazar, July 11 – An estimated 22,000 Rohingyas were affected since the beginning of July as rain and storm battered the cramped camps. The situation is worse in this monsoon compared to 2018. The total number of Rohingyas affected in July last year was 19,000. In a report, the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) said that at least 5,600 ... Read More »

G20 summit: World leaders sans Trump agree on climate deal

Leaders have agreed on a climate deal similar to the one struck in Argentina in 2018. The US has again refused to commit to tackling climate change. World leaders attending the 2019 G20 summit in the Japanese city of Osaka on Saturday agreed to a climate change deal similar to that signed in Argentina last year. Speaking at the conclusion ... Read More »

Developed countries push for changes to Adaptation Fund

24 June, Bonn (TWN) — Discussions over the composition of the Adaptation Fund (AF) Board and eligibility of Parties to the Board have become contentious at the ongoing climate talks in Bonn, Germany. This was due to the proposals by developed countries, including the United States (US), to change the composition of the AF Board. Developing countries were united that ... Read More »

Guterres for world youth to keep leading climate response

Lisbon, June 23 – Older generations have “failed to respond properly” to the climate emergency said the UN chief on Sunday, while the young are “stepping up to the challenge” and taking the lead to slow the destructive pace of global warming. António Guterres was making the closing address at the UN-backed World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth, and ... Read More »

Massive tree plantation stressed for adaption of climate change

Speakers at a programme stressed the need for massive tree plantation to reduce environmental degradation and adapt to adverse impacts of climate change for a safer planet. They expressed the view at the discussion organised by divisional office of the Department of Environment (DoE) at Town Hall auditorium here on Thursday afternoon to observe the World Environmental Day-2019 with the ... Read More »

Islands of climate innovation

by Mike Eman Oranjestad – To live in a small island state today is to reckon regularly with the cruellest irony of climate change. Islands contribute little to global warming, but they are the first to suffer from its devastating effects and the least equipped to manage them. As carbon dioxide emissions from larger, wealthier industrialized countries continue to warm ... Read More »

Organic croplands emit 40% less GHG, mitigate climate change

With a share of 10–12% in carbon-dioxide equivalents (CO2-eq.), agriculture contributes substantially to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Considering indirect emissions from agriculture-related activities such as fertiliser production and land use change, this share can be up to 30%. In 2005, the agricultural sector contributed 56% to the emissions of the anthropogenic non-CO2 GHGs, i.e. nitrous oxide (N2O) and methane ... Read More »

Preserving biodiversity vital to reverse tide of climate change

The food people eat around the world is becoming “alarmingly homogenous” according to UN data, even though access to a wide variety of nutritious food has never been greater. That warning comes as the world marks the International Day for Biological Diversity on Wednesday, which this year highlights the impact of environmental neglect on food security and public health. Biodiversity ... 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 »

A carbon dividend is better than a carbon tax

By Mark Paul and Anthony Underwood Anthony Underwood Sarasota – Climate change is the world’s most urgent problem, and in the United States, the left, at least, is taking it seriously. Earlier this year, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts, both Democrats, introduced a Green New Deal (GND) resolution, which offers a blueprint for ... 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 »

Monster Fani batters eastern India, moves on to Bangladesh

PURI, India, May 3, 2019 – Cyclone Fani, one of the biggest storms to come off the Indian Ocean in recent years, slammed into India on Friday, tearing down trees, blowing away food stands and cutting off power and water, BSS/AFP reported. Xinhua reported, three people died in India’s eastern state of Odisha as the extremely severe cyclone Fani hit ... Read More »

India prepares for ‘extremely severe’ Bay cyclone

New Delhi, (AP/UNB) — Indian authorities have evacuated hundreds of thousands of people along the country’s eastern coast ahead of a cyclone moving through the Bay of Bengal. Meteorologists say Cyclone Fani could bring “extremely severe” wind and rain when it hits the Indian state of Odisha on Friday. Officials say Fani could be the worst storm since 1999, when ... Read More »

More than 200 arrested at London climate protests

More than 200 people have been arrested in ongoing climate change protests in London that brought parts of the British capital to a standstill, police said Tuesday. Demonstrators began blocking off a bridge and major central road junctions on Monday at the start of a civil disobedience campaign that also saw action in other parts of Europe. The protests were ... Read More »

Hundreds of thousands join world youth climate demo

Hundreds of thousands of young people skipped school across the globe on Friday to march through the streets. For an international day of student protests aimed at pushing world leaders into action on climate change. Classrooms in capitals from Bangkok to Berlin and Lagos to London emptied as organizers of the student strike called demonstrations in more than 100 countries. ... Read More »

Erratic climate affects livelihoods in lower Teesta basin

During the dry season from winter through summer (November-May), cold, fog, droughts, and heat stress gravely affect the agriculture and common people’s livelihoods in lower Teesta River basin, says a new study. The study reveals that the communities of Teesta basin in Bangladesh use traditional, indigenous knowledge and adopt new technologies to adapt to the adverse effects of erratic climatic ... Read More »

$400 billion climate investment plan for Sahel region

Heads of state of 17 countries in the Sahel region of Africa will hold a summit on Monday in Niamey . To approve a climate investment plan worth $400 billion over 12 years, the Niger government said Wednesday. The “ambitious” plan for the period 2018-30 will involve “17 nations from the Atlantic Ocean to the Horn of Africa” and will ... 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 »

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 »

International organisations concerned by El Niño funding gap

By Phillip Kaeding UN, (IPS) – The response to the 2015-2016 severe El Nino – which has effected over 60 million people from Southern Africa, to South-East Asia to Latin America – remains severely underfunded. In a statement released Tuesday addressing the world’s leaders, the Elders urged governments to provide aid for the affected countries, and address a $2.5 billion ... Read More »

175 states sign landmark Paris deal on climate change

UN (AP/UNB) – Leaders from at least 175 countries were signing the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday as the landmark deal took a key step forward, potentially entering into force years ahead of schedule. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, holding his young granddaughter, joined dozens of world leaders for a signing ceremony that set a record for international ... Read More »

Mild hot spell over parts of Bangladesh to remain 3 more days

The mild hot spell scorching Rajshahi and Khulna divisions may continue for three more days, the Met Office has forecast. Weathermen said on Friday rainstorm may take place in Mymensingh, Khulna and some places in Sylhet in this period. The heat wave is the first of the season. According to the Bengali calendar, summer starts on the first day of ... Read More »

BASIC Ministers outline priorities for Paris Agreement

Kuala Lumpur (Hilary Chiew) – At their first meeting since the Paris climate summit, Ministers and representatives from Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC) reiterated the importance of raising pre-2020 actions in building trust amongst the Parties to pave the way for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The ministers noted with concern the pending ratification by many Annex ... Read More »

Climate change is making your allergies even worse

Why does pollen make some people sneeze? Will eating honey help with your allergies? And what’s the heat got to do with it? Pollen-covered honeybees (Apis mellifera) hang out in a pumpkin in Germany. But the pollen that bees carry isn’t the kind that makes you sneeze every spring. When one tree loves another tree very much, it releases pollen ... Read More »

Otters return to revitalised Kerala river

S. Gopikrishna Warrier A sustained local community effort to restore the health of the Thoothapuzha in Kerala has seen otters return to the river after many years Even as the blistering heat sucks lakes and rivers dry in the southern state of Kerala, water flows continuously through the Thootha River (Thoothapuzha). The river is in no hurry as it lazes ... Read More »

Palau declares state of emergency over drought

Palau became the latest Pacific island nation to declare a state of emergency Wednesday, as the region struggles with an extreme drought that forecasters warn will not ease for months. President Tommy Remengesau said rainfall in the capital Koror over the past four months was the lowest recorded in 65 years and the city’s only dam had dried up. Read More »