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ENVIRONMENT minister Environment and Forests Minister Anwar Hossain Manju today said the Climate Change Trust Fund (CCTF) under the ministry has taken 13 projects of Taka 124 crore 81 lakh for afforestation to face the climate change challenges. He said this while replying to a starred question from treasury bench member Hajera Khatun in the Jatiya Sangsad. The minister said the work on eight projects has been completed and the five others... »
Syeda Rizwana Hasan Bangladesh, after much controversy, has finally signed at the EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) Contract on installing the coal-fired Power Plant of Rampal. According to Syeda Rizwana Hasan, executive director of the Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association (BELA), the signing of the contract for the power plant would be suicidal. The government is moving fast forward with this project despite the protests from national and international Environmentalists claiming that the Power... »
lightning Thunderstorm lightningAt least 79 people have been killed by lightning strikes in the Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh, officials say. Fifty three people died in Bihar. Ten people were killed in the eastern state of Jharkhand, and at least 16 died in Madhya Pradesh. Most of the people who died were working on farms during torrential rains on Tuesday, reports said. Lightning strikes are common in India... »
environment day The 2016 World Environment Day is being observed in Bangladesh today along with the rest of the world with a focus on saving wildlife from illegal trafficking. This year’s theme for the day is “Go wild for life: Zero tolerance for the illegal wildlife trade.” The Department of Environment has organised a round table discussion on the issue in observance of the day. The discussion will take place at CIRDAP... »
air polution As global air quality declines, threatening to add to the seven million people air pollution kills each year, increased action in some air quality areas points to political will to tackle this “global public health emergency”, according to reports released today at the second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), global urban air pollution levels increased by 8 per cent between 2008 and 2013. ... »
roanu cyclone Cyclone Roanu hit the Bangladesh coast on Saturday affecting life in different parts of the country. Photo: Prothom AloCyclone Roanu battered the coast of southern Bangladesh on Saturday, forcing half a million people to flee their homes and leaving 20 people dead in floods and rain-triggered landslides. The cyclone damaged hundreds of mud-and-tin houses in two impoverished southern districts, with many low-lying villages inundated by a storm surge that swelled... »
CYCLONE ROANU Ten people were killed and many injured as the cyclonic storm ‘Roanu’ struck Chittagong region today, officials said. The storm crossed the coastlines on Chittagong after making a landfall in the region, leaving a trail of devastation across the district. Of the dead, seven were reported from Banskhali upazila alone. The deaths were mostly caused by drowning and landslides. Several hundred houses, business establishments and shops were damaged while many... »
Roanu cyclonic The met office issued Danger Signal No 7 in a scale of 10 for three of the four seaports as the cyclone “Roanu” advanced closer to Bangladesh coastlines, saying it was likely to gather more intensity in the coming hours. “It was centred at 06:00 pm today about 860 kms southwest of Chittagong Port, 840 kms southwest of Cox’s Bazar port, 675 kms southwest of Mongla Port and 705 kms... »
cyclone roanu After battering the Indian coast for last two days, the first cyclone of the monsoon is heading north to Bangladesh. According to weather forecasts, the cyclone is likely to make a landfall in Bangladesh in the next 48 hours. The met office advised four maritime ports in Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra to hoist local warning signal No. 4 instead of 2 as cyclonic storm ‘Roanu’ over west-central bay... »
flood A British aid charity is warning that by 2060 more than a billion people worldwide will live in cities at risk of catastrophic flooding as a result of climate change. A study by Christian Aid says the US, China and India are among the countries most threatened. It says the Indian cities of Kolkata and Mumbai will be most at risk. The eight most vulnerable cities on the list are... »