Of hippos and endangered indigenous denizens

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On 19 June 2011 a national English daily reported that our honourable State Minister for Environment and Forests, Dr Hasan Mahmud, is planning to introduce hippopotami, imported from Africa, into the Kaptai Lake area of Rangamati, in the semi-autonomous region of Chittagong Hill Tracts.

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Bt Brinjal: India halts, Bangladesh moves ahead?

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On 10th February, 2010 the State Minister for Science Yeafesh Osman tabled the “National Institute of Biotechnology Bill-2010” in the National Parliament in Bangladesh. (http://bdnews24.com/details.php?id=153348&cid=2). The National Institute of Biotechnology is going to be an authority to set standards for highly controversial genetically modified (GM) foods and crops in Bangladesh. Four other bills seeking to… Read more »

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A Note on Climate Change, Food Security

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Climate change will affect agriculture, forestry, fisheries and livestock production through higher temperatures, changes in rainfall and elevated carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration. Global mean surface temperatures are projected to rise by 1.8°C to 4.0°C by 2100. Such changes could severely impact food production and availability. Therefore, it is essential to take action now to mitigate… Read more »

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Agriculture: Nothing to expect from Copenhagen

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During 7 to 18 December, 2009, the world leaders from 192 countries will meet in Copenhagen, Denmark, to negotiate an agreement at the COP 15 of the UNFCCC to keep global temperatures below catastrophic levels. The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was adopted in 1992… Read more »

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