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Unesco to assess Rampal plant’s impacts on Sundarbans A high-profile Unesco delegation will visit the Sundarbans soon to assess the possible impacts of the proposed coal-based Rampal power plant on the world’s largest mangrove forest. “Unesco wants to send its team this month (February) but we’ve requested them to be here in March next,” Chief Conservator of Forests Yunus Ali told UNB. He said the Unesco team ... Read More »

BSCIC serves legal notice on 28 tannery owners asking them to shift to Savar

The Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) has ordered 28 tanneries located in Dhaka’s Hazaribagh to relocate to Savar’s Leather Industrial City within 72 hours, reports   Shahidul Islam, a lawyer for the BSCIC that runs the project on the outskirts of the capital, sent the legal notices to the tannery owners on Wednesday. The notices were delivered ... Read More »

Climate deal ‘to keep rises well below 2C’

BBC Online Organisers of climate talks in Paris have released details of a proposed landmark deal to curb climate change. France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the final draft of the deal was fair, legally binding and would limit warming to “well below 2C”. The final draft agreement is being presented to international delegates in Paris after two weeks of ... Read More »

Ecnec likely to okay mega project on river management Thursday The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) is likely to approve a mega project on Thursday, aiming to protect around 2.5 million people in the country’ s north-western region from erosion by the Jamuna River and thus help them gain the capacity of overcoming devastation of floods. Ecnec chairperson and Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina will preside over ... Read More »

PM for effective climate deal for helping implement SDGs

New York: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has underlined the importance on an effective climate deal in the coming conference in Paris later this year for helping implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a better future of the humanity. “Climate change has put Bangladesh’s all precious development gains at risk. Therefore, we must ensure that the development agenda and the ... Read More »

Pope stresses ‘right to environment’ in UN speech

  BBC Online Pope Francis has urged a huge gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York to respect humanity’s “right to the environment”. He welcomed the deal between Iran and world powers on its nuclear deal, calling it “proof of the potential of political goodwill”. He also called on financial agencies not to subject countries to ... Read More »

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wins UN environment prize

Sheikh Hasina has won a top UN award—Champions of the Earth (Policy Leadership category)—for 2015, reports The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a media release that she will accept the award at a ceremony in New York on Sep 27. “This is in recognition of Bangladesh’s far-reaching initiatives to address climate change,” the UNEP media release said. “Serving as ... Read More »

Reserved gas to be finished by 16 years Total gas reserved in the country is set to be finished by next 16 years and the supply of gas will gradually decrease. State  minister for power Nasrul Hamid made the disclosure in question answer session in the parliament on Sunday. The parliament session began at 10:30am on Sunday. Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury presided over it. In replying a ... Read More »

Landslides, flashfloods hit Cox’s Bazar, Bandarban; 11 dead

National Desk Landslides and flashfloods, triggered by torrential monsoon rains, left 11 people dead in Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban districts on Friday. In Cox’s Bazar, two people — Futu, 18 of Juyaria Nala area and Amir Hossian, 45, of Kaoyar Kup area– were killed in a landslide in Juyaria Nala and Kaoyar Kup areas of Ramu upazila in the morning. ... Read More »

Oil from tank-wagons spreading to Karnaphuli

Oil from the tank-wagons that sank in a canal at Boalkhali in Chittagong has spread to the Karnaphuli River, threatening more environmental damage, reports  Two wagons of a train, full of oil, fell off a bridge that caved in at Boalkhali on Friday. They could not be pulled out until Saturday noon. Railways officials have said it would take the entire day ... Read More »