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  • 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”?

  • Boosting growth by green design

    Climate change is the result of human activity. That activity is, for the most part, work or work-related. It is only logical then that the world of work has a key role to play in finding a solution to this pressing issue.

  • How we can prepare ourselves for cyclones

    Cyclone Mora, as of yesterday, started showing signs of weakening in Chittagong and is expected to reduce to a depression as it moves in a northerly direction. It began crossing Chittagong-Cox's Bazar coast yesterday at 6 am.

  • Is Chevron leaving our gas fields in good hands?

    In an unexpected manner, Chevron, the world's third largest oil company, has been on the move to quit Bangladesh, where it holds three gas fields ...

  • Climate change myths: What do we really know?

    Flash forward to the future. The sea has risen and drowned out much of coastal Bangladesh.

  • The power of thinking small and solar

    Is it the time to think big, again? Can only mega projects catch the country's attention and lead Bangladesh to becoming a middle

  • Can we have a fact based discussion?

    Should Bangladesh go ahead with the coal-powered plant in Rampal? I struggled with the question for many months before I could put together a coherent line of thought and argument.

  • The vital link between forests and energy

    Because forests are crucial for the survival and wellbeing of current and future generations, the United Nations General Assembly decreed every 21 March to be the International Day of Forests (IDF). For the 5th IDF, on 21 March 2017, the theme is “Forests and Energy”.

  • Why the Red List is crucial

    The IUCN Red List turns 53 this year. Officially known as The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, it is basically a scientific tool that helps to check, if a species - plant or animal, big or small, fast or slow - is at risk of becoming extinct from the face of the earth, forever.

  • Global warming sets the stage for war

    The first time I encountered the concept of a war for the environment was in the Command & Conquer: Tiberian Series of strategy games.

  • How will we tell the government what we think?

    Our nation's history is filled with examples of our people standing up for what we believe in. From our Language Movement in 1952 to our Liberation War to our struggle for democracy against autocratic rulers,

  • Trump's threat to Obama's environmental legacy

    Barack Obama has been a very interesting international figure in the last decade or so. His administration has been dubbed by the

  • Attacks on journalists and activists – but why?

    Police’s brutal assault on the activists and journalists begs the question, what called for this extreme use of force? From when does it take a group of fully armoured policemen to restrain one unarmed civilian?

  • Why we need it now

    More than ever before, Bangladesh truly needs to work towards a sustainable economy, hand in hand. political culture, the term consensus seems to be floating around the media these days. Let the citizens show politicians the power of such a consensus.

  • Quality water for all

    Increasing salinity in water in coastal areas, arsenic contamination of water, and water pollution caused by human actions are becoming increasingly serious problems.

  • Securing our energy future

    In a recently held international conference sponsored by Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), Mr. Anders

  • Marrakech: Can COP 22 live up to the expectations?

    The 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ended on November 19, 2016 in Marrakech.

  • The blame-game over climate change

    The 'rich' have to pay for their oversized contributions to global warming. If we consider the data from 1900-2004: the US has contributed by far the lion's share, in the form of 314,772 m metric tonnes of carbon dioxide.

  • Climate adaptation finance: The gap that can save millions

    The entry into force of the Paris Agreement on November 4 marks an important milestone in the long journey to address the climate crisis.

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