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  • COP24: Will the major polluters pay?

    The 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is going to be held in Katowice, Poland from December 2 to December 14, 2018.

  • Is the difference between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius a big deal?

    Today, we are witnessing a lively, sometimes acrimonious, debate over global warming. Science, economics and politics are all mixed up in this debate.

  • Global warming is impacting how Earth spins on its axis

    Anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions might be affecting more than just the climate. For the first time, scientists at NASA presented evidence that the orientation of the Earth's spin axis is changing because of global warming.

  • Disaster preparedness: A shift in paradigm

    Since the late-20th-century, a shift in paradigm has happened in the intellectual arena of architecture, art, literature, philosophy, history, economics, fiction, etc. It happened mostly in the industrialised countries and emerged as Postmodernism, a critique of “modernism”.

  • What can we learn from the Indonesia earthquake?

    The island of Sulawesi in Indonesia was struck by a 7.5-magnitude earthquake on September 28, 2018 followed by 10-ft high tsunami waves. The death toll climbed to 1,424 as of Thursday.

  • Killing the environment

    A recent World Bank report—an environmental analysis of Bangladesh—should erase any remaining doubts about the critical level that environmental pollution has reached in the country.

  • Clean and Green Bangladesh: A goal that can be achieved

    Think before you do, not after you're done,” says a Bengali proverb that applies to an urgent threat today for Bangladesh—major environmental problems spawned by rapid urbanisation and industrialisation.

  • Beat Plastic Pollution

    In 2014, the United Nations Secretary General said: “There is no Plan B because we do not have a Planet B.” Since its inception in 1974, World Environment Day has grown to become a global platform for public outreach and it is now celebrated in more than 100 countries. The call to action for the World Environment Day 2018 is “Beat Plastic Pollution”. Plastic pollution is a pressing environmental concern that requires our collective action.

  • Turning Dhaka into a resilient city

    I recently attended a public seminar, titled “Resilient Cities: An Integrated Economic Approach to Natural Hazard Risk Mitigation,” held in Vancouver, Canada.

  • Ecological havoc in Dhaka

    Dhaka is faced with many direct threats to biodiversity with accelerating economic development, growing population, land grabbing, congested housing, tree felling, and vehicles emitting toxic fumes leading to extreme pollution and poor quality of life.

  • Combating climate change

    Just as the United States is in the process of pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, US government data revealed that the need for action to stem global warming is as urgent as ever.

  • The superior choice

    Last week, Bangladesh's Power Development Board (PDB) and India's National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) announced that they will form a committee to decide whether to build a large coal plant or solar farm in India for additional power import into Bangladesh.

  • How natural disasters undermine schooling

    In 2010, heavy monsoons led to devastating floods in Pakistan that destroyed 11,000 schools. Thousands of additional schools had to be used as community shelters, preventing them from operating as classrooms.

  • Water pollution: Solutions that actually work

    As the incumbent Awami League government gears up for crucial parliamentary elections to test its popularity, it continues to face numerous questions about its administrative successes and failures.

  • How to reduce air pollution

    How to reduce air pollution effectively

    Ensuring clean air is one of the major environmental challenges in Bangladesh's larger cities. Although air quality management is a key

  • Why Bangladesh needs more ambition

    In the world of climate change negotiations, “loss and damage” is arguably one of the most debated issues.

  • Can we absorb the shock of climate migration?

    In 2016, I led my band of misfits, aka Team “Little Wins,” to the Shanghai semi-finals of the Hult Prize. For those of you who may not know, the Hult prize is the world's biggest platform for social startups emerging from universities all across the world.

  • Power of the sun

    The sun is the source of almost unlimited energy. Given the sheer scale of the sun's energy, a point is often made in the energy literature that the sunlight striking the earth's surface in just one hour delivers...

  • Global goals and greener travel

    Unlike India, Bangladesh is comparatively an off-the-beaten-track destination. Tourists who choose to visit the country are likely to have genuine curiosity about the land and its people, which offers an opportunity to promote responsible and sustainable means of tourism in the country.

  • The way forward as floodwater recedes

    What's needed is a massive early recovery effort to rebuild the livelihoods of the affected people. Roads and embankments need to be rebuilt preferably through “Cash for Work” programmes, which will help give the people access to much-needed cash.

  • Why we need gender-sensitive disaster planning

    At present, issues leading to global warming and climate change have arguably become a global priority. Scholars today recognise various vulnerable populations and claim that the impacts of climate change are not spread equally in terms of location, economic status, gender or age.

  • Building climate-resilient health systems

    Climate change is happening. In recent years average temperatures across the globe have increased, with significant impact on humanity's most precious resource—the environment. Water systems are being stressed. Food sources are being imperilled. And areas once safe for settlement are being threatened and erased.

  • Preparing for the next disaster

    Floods, cyclones, tidal surges, landslides and other natural disasters have always happened in Bangladesh during predictable times of

  • Dhaka and her rivers: A beautiful relationship gone sour

    Dhaka city, established by the Mughals on the banks of the Buriganga, is surrounded by six rivers like a garland.

  • An alternative energy future for Bangladesh

    Off the coast of Bangladesh sits the small island of Manpura. Shaped like a banana when viewed from above, this will be the country's first “green island” powered by only renewable energy.

  • The rising stakes for ocean governance

    World oceans play the crucial role of a life support in poverty alleviation, food security, human health, and curbing climate change.

  • A reality check

    On June 1 President Trump declared his administration's intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement (PA).

  • Effective management of landslides

    At least 141 people (at the time of writing), including children and four army personnel, were killed in separate series of landslides triggered by heavy rains in Rangamati, Bandarban, and Chittagong on June 13, 2017.

  • Do we really care about saving our environment?

    The theme of this year's World Environment Day on June 5 was “connecting people to nature”. The idea behind the theme was to urge people to get outdoors and into nature.

  • Woodsman, spare that tree!

    Did not Joyce Kilmer say, “I have never seen a poem as beautiful as a tree”?