Posts Tagged ‘ Environment ’

Sundarbans: A universe unto itself

August 19, 2015
Zeenat Khan
Sundarbans: A universe unto itself

In describing the Sundarbans, Amitav Ghosh, an internationally acclaimed writer wrote in his novel, The Hungry Tide: ‘A mangrove forest is utterly unlike other woodlands or jungles. There are no towering, vine-looped trees, no ferns, no wildflowers, no chattering monkeys or cockatoos. Mangrove leaves are tough and leathery, the branches gnarled and the foliage...
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National Water Security Index of Bangladesh: Improvement?

January 19, 2015
Zahidul Islam
National Water Security Index of Bangladesh: Improvement?

Last year we wrote an article entitled ‘National Water Security Index of Bangladesh: What does it indicate?‘ to give an overview on National Water Security Index (NWSI)
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National Environment Policy: Promises need to follow with action

October 7, 2013
Md. Khalequzzaman
National Environment Policy: Promises need to follow with action

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) of the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) has published the Draft National Environment Policy
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Quantifying disaster

April 17, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Quantifying disaster

Reports speak about trends in the world, and use large numbers. These numbers seem to operate as a shield against our notions of humanity. People argue over numbers, I mean, would Hitler have been less of a monster if he’d have killed three million Jews? 1.5 million?
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Nuclear power is not the way forward

March 30, 2011
Lalon Sander
Nuclear power is not the way forward

The tragedy of Fukushima has led to a flurry of activity in Germany: Within days, the coalition government of conservatives and liberals, known for its pro nuclear stance, temporarily shut down seven nuclear power plants and this past weekend hundreds of thousands of Germans took to the streets, demanding that all nuclear power plants...
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Arial Beel’s Versailles moment

February 8, 2011
Adnan Morshed
Arial Beel’s Versailles moment

I have to acknowledge that I felt deeply conflicted about the proposed airport project at Arial Beel. On the one hand, in the age of globalisation and global mobility an airport is after all the de facto gateway to a country. That crucial first impression is made at the airport. The poorly designed and stinking...
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Cancun summit, a Bangladeshi Mumtaz and what should we do?

December 21, 2010
Rushanara Ali
Cancun summit, a Bangladeshi Mumtaz and what should we do?

As the latest UN climate change summit comes to an end in Cancun, Mexico, there is a feeling of optimism towards an agreement of a new fair climate fund to help poorer countries deal with a changing climate.
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Only faith can save the trees

December 13, 2010
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Only faith can save the trees

Let me take you on a walk, as I describe the majesty that surrounds me, just a block from my home here in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. This forest, my classroom, my office, my grocery store, and my place of worship, was created by God’s hand.
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A Two Day Visa

January 6, 2010
Shahidul Alam
A Two Day Visa

They sing in harmony. Rhythmic tunes with simple lyrics. The lilting songs and the dance-like-footsteps have a deceptive beauty. The metal sheets balanced on their shoulders may weigh tons. Bare feet on slippery clay weaving through scrap metal, is dangerous at the best of times. In pouring rain, and with the loads they carry,...
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A Note on Climate Change, Food Security

December 6, 2009
Ad Spijkers
A Note on Climate Change, Food Security

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...
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Posted in Agriculture, Environment/Climate, Public Policy | 7 Comments »

Agriculture: Nothing to expect from Copenhagen

December 3, 2009
Farhad Mazhar
Agriculture: Nothing to expect from Copenhagen

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...
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An apology for coal-based solution

December 1, 2009
CSKarim
An apology for coal-based solution

Bangladesh is now staring at a situation when misleading perception of the past decades on abundance of natural gas reserves has suddenly disappeared. Even in a short term perspective, it is unlikely that the country can come out of the quandary of enormous and complex proportions. The situation is further compounded by the fact...
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