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  • Tanguar Haor: Accusations fly as unique biodiversity comes under threat

    Blue skies overhead, green fields underneath the clear beel and the continuous chirping of local and foreign birds- that is how a nature lover or tourist would describe Tanguar Haor, one of the many significant wetlands located in Sunamganj district.

  • Toxic waste from US pot farms alarms experts

    Pollution from illegal marijuana farms deep in California's national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply touching plants has landed law enforcement officers in the hospital.

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    Bangladesh weather to turn deadly by century: Study

    Venturing outdoors may become deadly across wide swaths of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan by the end of the century as climate change drives heat and humidity to new extremes, according to a new study.

  • Scientists dim sunlight, suck up carbon dioxide

    Scientists are sucking carbon dioxide from the air with giant fans and preparing to release chemicals from a balloon to dim the sun's rays as part of a climate engineering push to cool the planet.

  • Hundreds battle wildfire across southern France

    Hundreds of firefighters are battling blazes across southern France, with one inferno spreading across 900 hectares of forest and threatening homes on the island of Corsica, emergency services say.

  • ‘Melted nuclear fuel’ found at Fukushima

    An underwater robot captured images of solidified lava-like rocks Friday inside a damaged reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, spotting for the first time what is believed to be nuclear fuel that melted six years ago.

  • Wild lion nursing leopard cub

    While African lions have a habit of killing leopards, it is quite surprising to see a five-year-old lioness nursing a weeks-old leopard cub recently in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

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    4 Asian countries have world’s most coal plant projects

    China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam have the world’s four biggest coal-fired power plants in pipeline. Together, they represent 82 percent of the 718 units globally under construction.

  • Trillion-tonne iceberg breaks off Antarctica

    An iceberg, one of the largest on record, is set adrift after snapping off a West Antarctic ice shelf that is now at increased risk of collapse, scientists say.

  • Cycling for environment: Nepalese cyclists now in Bangladesh

    A group of four cyclists from Nepal, out on an adventure of a lifetime, to spread awareness on the need for protecting the environment, are now in Bangladesh.

  • 'Unesco withdraws objection to Rampal power plant'

    The World Heritage Committee of Unesco has withdrawn its earlier objection to the construction of Rampal power plant project at its current location near the Sundarbans, says a foreign ministry press release.

  • Bolivian glacier samples ready for global ice archives

    Scientists studying global warming recently climb Bolivia's towering Mount Illimani and extract samples of glacier ice packed with thousands of years of climate data.

  • Global coral bleaching may be ending, US agency says

    Coral reef bleaching may be easing after three years of high ocean temperatures, the longest such period since the 1980s, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Monday.

  • 510mm rainfall in southeast Bangladesh June 12-14: Nasa

    Nasa has recorded 510mm (20 inches) rainfall in southeastern Bangladesh between June 12 and 14 when landslides triggered by heavy downpour killed at least 150 people in five hilly districts so far.

  • Call for more electric fences to stop elephants destroying crops

    For several months, electric fences have been put up in Gabon, a country in Central Africa, as part of a new programme to stop the country's 40,000 forest elephants from destroying crops.

  • Giant flying turkey once roamed Australia

    A giant, flying turkey as tall as a kangaroo once roamed Australia, palaeontologists said Wednesday, after an analysis of fossils and bones from around the country revealed five extinct bird species.

  • Endangered vaquita marina porpoise could be extinct by 2018

    The vaquita marina, a tiny porpoise native to Mexico, could be extinct by next year if urgent action including a ban on gillnets is not taken, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature warns.

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    Bangladesh 6th worst extreme weather-affected country

    Bangladesh ranks sixth among the world’s top 10 countries most affected by extreme weather events in the last 20 years, according to the Global Climate Risk Index by think-tank Germanwatch. On an average, a total of 679.05 people died in 185 climatic events in Bangladesh within the period of 1996 to 2015.

  • Govt takes anti-environmental projects to stay in power: Fakhrul

    BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir alleges that the government has taken many anti-environmental projects just to stay in the office.

  • Plant trees, get rewarded by The Daily Star

    Rapid urbanization has resulted in a quickly degrading environment. As trees are being cut down faster than ever, the city continues to lose a vital lifeline.

  • Lighter vessel sinks in Bagerhat

    A lighter vessel carrying 800 tonnes of cement clinkers capsizes in Pashur River along the Sundarbans in Bagerhat.

  • Humans pose ever-bigger extinction risk to animals: review

    Facing the highest level of threat are more than 360 species of large mammals in Africa, Asia and South America -- the most biodiverse regions of the world, said a review published in the journal Nature Insight.

  • Solar smile for farmers

    Even two and a half years ago, worry over water for irrigation would cast a shadow on Uday's hope for a good harvest.

  • World unites to save oceans

    World leaders convene at UN headquarters next week for the first major bid to solve the toughest problems facing our oceans, from coral bleaching to plastic pollution, overfishing and rising seas due to climate change.

  • Choice organic

    The new farm technologies, introduced during the Green Revolution in the 60's, contributed a lot to boost production and feed the rising population in the country.

  • It's saving, nearly on all accounts

    It was around 10:45 on a sunny Saturday morning. Production was going on in full swing at Plummy Fashions Limited, a Narayanganj-based knitwear garment factory.

  • Same old story at Tangail Sal forest

    The traditional Sal forest in Tangail is disappearing fast due to non-stop felling of trees and encroachment of forestlands.

  • Ruin nature, ruin planet

    Prof Dwijen Sharma, an eminent naturalist, said it would not be possible to stop the conflict between nature and development as long as capitalism controls everything.

  • 5 devastating cyclones in Bangladesh

    Bangladesh, the delta country, has been in the line of a few devastating tropical cyclones. Here we take a look back at some of the worst tropical cyclones to have hit the country.

  • US may put emergency tariffs on solar imports

    The United States has notified the other 163 members of the World Trade Organization that it is considering putting emergency "safeguard" tariffs on imported solar cells, according to a WTO filing published on Monday.