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Environ body seeks Rampal Power Plant EIA report  Poribesh Bachao Andolon (Poba), an environmental organisation, has sent a letter to the Department of Environment (DoE) seeking its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report and other documents of the proposed Rampal Power Plant in Bagerhat. Poba sent a letter to the DoE director general on Tuesday requesting it to provide the Rampal Power Plant EIA report, which got the ... Read More »

Maritime ports asked to hoist signal no 3 A low lies over west central Bay and adjoining northwest Bay off Orissa-Andhra coast. Under its influence, steep pressure gradient lies over north Bay and deep convection is taking place over north Bay, Met office sources said. Squally weather may affect north Bay, adjoining coastal area of Bangladesh and the maritime ports. Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar and ... Read More »

China to invest $277 bln to curb air pollution

Environment Desk China plans to invest 1.7 trillion yuan to combat air pollution over the next five years, state media said on Thursday, underscoring the new government`s concerns about addressing a key source of social discontent. The money is to be spent primarily in regions that have heavy air pollution and high levels of PM 2.5, the state-run China Daily ... Read More »

Climate change threatens MDG achievements

Environment Desk Two years before the 2015 deadline, Bangladesh has achieved most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the United Nations, but the impacts of climate change pose a threat to the country’s progress, experts say. “The threat of climate change can diminish the hard-earned beneficial impacts of years of growth and development, not just for the people ... Read More »

EU, China agree to face global environmental challenges

Environment Desk Zhou Shengxian, Minister of Environment Protection of the People’s Republic of China, and Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment, met in Beijing on 19 July 2013 for the EU-China Environmental Policy Dialogue. They exchanged views on the latest progress in the field of environmental protection and acknowledged respective efforts to address key global environmental challenges. They discussed how ... Read More »

Pollution, told in colours and smells

New York Times SAVAR ( Bangladesh ) :  On the worst days, the toxic stench wafting through the Genda Government Primary School is almost suffocating. Teachers struggle to concentrate, as if they were choking on air. Students often become lightheaded and dizzy. A few boys fainted in late April. Another retched in class. The odor rises off the polluted canal ... Read More »

Plantation for safer planet, improving environ stressed, Rangpur  Tree plantation must be turned into a social movement for building a safer planet through improving environment, ecology and biodiversity amid frightening climate change threat, speakers said here yesterday.   They were addressing launching ceremony of fortnight long ‘Wood, Fruit and Medicinal Tree Fair -2013’ organised by the district administration, Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) and Social ... Read More »

BD to be most victim country of global warming in two decades :WB

 WB Desk A World Bank report said that Bangladesh would  be among ‘the most affected’ countries in South Asia by the global warming with an expected 2°C rise in the world’s average temperatures in the next decades.    It said  the warming climate will lead to sea levels rise and more extreme heat and more intense cyclones, threatening food production, ... Read More »

Ensuring climate justice

Dr. Md. Shairul Mashreque and Dr. M Abul Kashem Mozumder The deltaic plain like Bangladesh including small island states is exposed to the ravages of climate changes. The economy of the poor nation has been floundering hard hit by climate change. Phobia that grippes international policy community is climate change growing out of global warming. Cyclone storms Bijli battered coast ... Read More »

Women easy victims of climate variability

Bipasha Dutta Impact of climate change on women is now a widely recognised issue. Climatic impact has been transforming the lives of women living in climate vulnerable areas. Recently, a study was conducted by Eminence- a NGO funded by Oxfam GB and Monash University, Australia to assess the gendered impacts of climate variability in relation to slow onset change and ... Read More »