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BB signs deals with 10 more banks for green transformation fund Bangladesh Bank (BB) has signed separate agreements with 10 more private banks to facilitate fund for a long-term financing under the “Green Transformation Fund for Export-oriented Textile and Textile Products and Leather Manufacturing Industries”. Under the deals, the ten banks – Al-Arafah Islami Bank Limited, Bank Asia Limited, Exim Bank Limited, Modhumoti Bank Limited, Mutual Trust Bank Limited, NCC ... Read More »

Larsen ice crack continues to open up


BBC Online The crack that looks set to spawn a giant iceberg in the Antarctic has continued to spread. The rift in the Larsen C Ice Shelf has grown a further 10km since 1 January. If the fissure propagates just 20km more, it will free a tabular berg one-quarter the size of Wales. That would make it one of the ... Read More »

US lists a bee as endangered for the first time


The United States placed a bee on the endangered species list for the first time, after the rusty patched bumblebee’s population declined sharply due to pesticides, disease and climate change, officials said Wednesday. These once common bumblebees are now “balancing precariously on the brink of extinction,” said a statement from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. “Abundance of the rusty ... Read More »

Climate change major bar to SDG: UN

un-surveypic Climate change remains one of the major threats to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, says a global UN report released in Dhaka today. “In the absence of continuum of policies designed to reduce the exposure and vulnerability due to climate change, poverty and inequality will only increase,” it said. The low-income countries in South Asia, including Bangladesh, South-east Asia ... Read More »

Surging methane emissions imperil climate goals: study

PARIS : A decade-long surge of the potent greenhouse gas methane threatens to make the fight against global warming even harder, top researchers warned Monday, reports agencies. “Additional attention is urgently needed to quantify and reduce methane emissions,” they wrote in the Environmental Research Letters journal, summarising the findings of a consortium of 81 scientists. After rising slowly from 2000 ... Read More »

Cyclone Nada likely to cross Indian coast

Weather Correspondent A depression formed+ over the southwest Bay of Bengal gained strength on Wednesday morning to become a cyclone called Nada and it was situated 730km east-southeast off Puducherry coast. “The cyclone is likely to cross the Tamil Nadu coast – between Vedaranyam and Puducherry (mostly in Cuddalore) — by December 2 morning. Chennai and coastal districts of Tamil ... Read More »

Call to save rivers of Bangladesh

save-riverspic The government must take effective steps to save the country’s rivers from grabbing and polluting for the sake of the environment and people’s livelihood, said speakers at a national convention on saving the rivers today. It is the government’s prime duty to save the rivers by taking legal actions against the grabbers and polluters, they added. The discussants also ... Read More »

Tsunami hits New Zealand after massive quake

International Desk An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck central New Zealand just after midnight, the U.S. Geological Survey said, causing widespread damage and generating a tsunami. New Zealand`s Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management warned of the risk of destructive waves along the country`s entire east coast and urged residents in low-lying areas to evacuate and seek ... Read More »

7.8 earthquake hits New Zealand

International Desk An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 has struck near Christchurch, New Zealand. The quake was centered 46km from the town of Amberley with about 2,000 people, and 70km from the town of Kaiapoi with 10,000 residents, according to the USGS. The tremor had a shallow depth of 5 km. The quake also took place 86km from the town of ... Read More »

Sultana Kamal urges govt to stop Rampal plant Sundarbans Raksha Jatiya Committee convener Advocate Sultana Kamal has urged the government to stop Rampal power project for the sake of world heritage site Sundarbans. She made the call while addressing a press conference at the National Press club in the capital on Saturday. Sultana Kamal expressed hope that the government will realize the fact and will scrap the ... Read More »