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Plastic chokes Dhaka’s drainage

12 Plastic bag manufacturers in Bangladesh may soon have a new job at hand. Beside manufacturing the widely popular packaging material, they might also have to collect the waste generated from their products because thoughtless usage and heedless disposal of waste have become a major environmental and health hazard. Globally, plastic bags have been in […]

Development at the cost of the environment?

Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has razed hills violating environmental rules to construct a 6-km long link road through the hilly areas of Salimpur in the district’s Sitakunda upazila. The hills were razed for CDA’s ongoing project titled “Construction of Link Road from Dhaka Trunk Road to Bayezid Bostami Road including Loop Road at the outer […]

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.    As early as 1991 Jica stated that the city failed to provide the appropriate number of parks and open spaces. […]

$25m for women development in Bangladesh

Green Climate Fund has approved almost US$25 million in grant funding to support the efforts of UNDP towards development of women and adolescent girls in Bangladesh. The grant will be extended to the UNDP’s project ‘Enhancing adaptive capacities of coastal communities, especially women, to cope with climate change induced salinity’ set to begin in July. […]

Only 260 vultures left in Bangladesh

With only around 260 White-rumped vultures left in Bangladesh, surveys reveal that the large birds are almost extinct in the country. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Bangladesh Forest Department conducted the surveys in 2014. Nearly 60% of White-rumped vultures were extinct in four years, while the population was 1,972 in 2008 and 816 in […]

Particle level in city motor vehicle areas much higher, says study

Level of particles below a certain size (PM 2.5µg/m3) in mixed and motorised areas was, on average, 182 and 272 per cent higher respectively than that of non-motorised areas, a study showed.  The level already exceeded the maximum recommended limit for 24 hours (65µg/m3) in predominantly mixed and motorised areas in 12 hours, suggesting a […]

How Bangladesh is solving its water crisis

Abdur and Abdul Gain are standing in lungi outside their homes, surveying the vegetable garden and bald fruit trees that were descimated by seawater during flooding last year. Both men live in Chandghar, a village which lies on a polder 160 kilometre south of Dhaka. After the flood, they had to leave their home and […]

To adopt marine environment law

Over the years, as the countries are becoming more industrialised, they are facing huge amount of waste with a corresponding increase of hazardous waste. At the same time, environmental awareness has grown and legislation has been developed to control the handling of wastes in general and hazardous waste in particular.  In August 14, 2016, Shitakunda […]

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.The haor, with its unique ecosystem known for hosting many species of fish and as a […]

City stung by chikungunya: Several hundred cases recorded since mid-April

As many as 566 people in the capital city Dhaka have been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne chikungunya disease, according to findings by the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research which conducted laboratory tests on patients from mid-April till the first week of July. People diagnosed positive at IEDCR laboratory are usually referred by different […]

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