Fund, coordination, stressed for adaptation plan

News Desk : dhakamirror.com Climate experts and academics at a discussion on Sunday said that Bangladesh would require collective efforts, fund and skilled manpower to implement the National Adaptation Plan, once finalised, to combat the impacts of climate change. They also emphasised the need for smart technology, resilient infrastructures to mitigate loss and damage due … Read more

Celebrating 50 years of global environmental movement

Opinion
Saleemul Huq
The global environmental movement started in 1972, with the first global environment conference held in Stockholm, Sweden, hosted by then Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme. Among the heads of governments who also attended was the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who famously declared that environment and poverty were two major global issues that needed to be tackled together.
Since that watershed event, the United Nations set up the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and different environmental treaties

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Climate Change : National adaptation plan in offing

Bangladesh in a draft National Adaptation Plan has proposed TK 7,306 billion investment in 15 climate programmes till 2050.
The programmes included nature-based and eco-engineering interventions, agricultural investment, water sector and marine resource management in short, medium and long

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Photo show depicts impacts of climate change

Photo show depicts impacts of climate changePhotographer Abir Abdullah has documented the impacts of climate change on the people through his photographs that were put on display at the Bay’s Bellavista in Banani. The 10-day exhibition, titled Knee Deep, features images of flood situations and the affected people. It is part of a six-month project organised by art organisation Longitude Latitude which will feature a series of exhibitions by different artistes over the course of

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Environment rights groups want climate commission

Environment rights groups said on Wednesday that the climate change adaptation planning has barely been integrated into the national budget 2013-2014. A national climate commission should be formed for appropriate integration of climate adaptation, which is necessary for the country’s survival. They were speaking at a press conference on “Budget 2013-14 does

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What the outcome yields for Bangladesh?

Doha Climate Conference
What the outcome yields for Bangladesh?
Md. Mahfujur Rahman
Thirty-seven industrialized countries had been accused of releasing Greenhouse gases in Kyoto Protocol under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Signatory members to the UNFCCC have been meeting annually in Conference of the Parties (COP) to assess progress in dealing with climate change since 1994. This year Climate leaders from all over the world gathered at Doha from 26 November to 8 December 2012 to find ‘what to dos’ for reversing the grim effect of global

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Ctg, C’Bazar islands face climate change foreboding

Shrinking the size of lands
Continuous sea-level rise and massive erosion, both manifestations of global climate change, are shrinking the size of islands in Chittagong and Cox’s Bazaar districts. Sandwip, an ancient island in Chittagong, is on the verge of disappearance. Other islands of the Chittagong region, as well as Shah Porir Dwip, Sonadia, Kutubdia, and Moheshkhali, in Cox’s Bazaar

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Climate talks end in discord

Negotiations in Bonn stall with nations delaying tactics
The latest round of international climate change talks finished on Friday in discord and disappointment, with some participants concerned that important progress made last year was being unpicked.
At the talks, countries were supposed to set out a workplan on negotiations that should result in a new global climate treaty, to be drafted by the end of 2015 and to come into force in 2020. But

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Climate change to hurt food security

Bangladesh must improve financial management to get int’l fund to fight its impacts, say experts
Bangladesh must improve its financial management to obtain a significant share of funds available globally to combat climate change impacts and ensure food security, said an eminent climatologist yesterday.
“The developed countries are ready to release billions of dollars to the affected countries. It is not impossible for Bangladesh to collect $2 to 3 billion, as the country is in the forefront of the fight against

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Legal response to loss and damage

Climate Change
Legal response to loss and damage
Hafijul Islam Khan
The adverse impacts of climate change have continued to devastate the lives and livelihoods of millions of people and inflict large economic losses. According to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, there has been a global increase in weather related disasters between 1980 and 2003. The report estimated that during that period the economic loss due to damage caused by natural disasters is one trillion USD in total. Moreover, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has estimated that in 2008 over

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Corals of St.Martin’s at stake

Global Warming and Over-Exploitation
Corals of St.Martin’s at stake
Dr. Anisuzzaman Khan
Honey comb corals around Saint Martin’s island are under stress due to coral bleaching. While the COP 17 — UN climate convention — was being held in Durban of South Africa, a Nature Watch Team (NWT) of Ekattor Television watched that a noticeable coral bleaching was defacing the corals of Saint Martin’s island of Bangladesh due to global warming. A four-member Scuba diving team moved under water around Saint Martin’s during the last week of December, 2011. They observed that the honey comb corals on the east coast of the island are severely affected by

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UN charts new climate course

Nations approve a late deal for 2015 global pact, agree on fund for climate aid to poor countries; critics say gains modest
A marathon UN climate conference yesterday approved a roadmap towards an accord that for the first time will bring all major greenhouse-gas emitters under a single legal roof.
The European Union will place its current emission-cutting pledges inside the legally-binding Kyoto Protocol, a key demand of developing

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Climate given some hope

US softens its stance; China, India still rigid  
A last moment drama blew a fresh air into the Durban climate conference as the US surprisingly agreed to an EU proposal that says the bloc would sign the second phase of the legally binding Kyoto protocol, provided all major economies sign a legal climate deal by 2015.
But frayed and tired negotiators are yet to reach their goal as India rejected the proposal and

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Carbon Emission: Rich nations not for legal binding

As indications are clear that the developed countries are set not to give a second lifeline to the Kyoto Protocol, the only legally binding emission control mechanism, a deep sense of resentment prevails among the poor countries and a last minute effort is afoot to get at least a much compromised and weak agreement.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and South African President Jacob Zuma are trying hard

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A ray of hopes, finally

After a week of grim news, at least some light shone yesterday when a new window of fund termed Loss and Damage has been finalised. Under the window, countries affected by quick and long-term climate change will be able to access funds.
The window was proposed at the last climate conference at Cancun and its modalities

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Durban set to pick up more heat

Compromise formula on Kyoto Protocol faces obstacle
Durban burned with sweltering heat yesterday and the UN’s weather agency World Meteorological Organisation’s just-released report that 2011 is the 10th hottest year since records began in 1850 had probably something to do with a new-found formula to save the Kyoto Protocol.
The compromise formula to give a fresh lifeline to Kyoto Protocol that ends next year suggested

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Bangladesh worst-hit in last 2 decades

Bangladesh is a country most affected by extreme weather events in the last two decades, reveals the Global Climate Risk Index (CRI), 2012.
For the period 1991-2010, Bangladesh was followed by Myanmar and Honduras, the report said.
However, Bangladesh is not on the list of the 10 worst affected countries in

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All eyes on rich nations

Climate-hit countries count on their promises as Durban meet gets underway
As the stories emerging from Africa to Americas, Asia to Australia tell the same grave situation of ever increasing drought, floods, storms and hot spells, a Climate Change Conference began here yesterday with hopes that the rich nations will keep their commitments to extend helps to the poor and that they would themselves pledge to reduce carbon emission.
As negotiations will roll on for the next two weeks, the key focus will be on breathing a new life to Kyoto Protocol, the only legally

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