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Three companies responsible for two-thirds of single-use plastics

The 97.5kg non-recyclable plastic waste sample was collected from a one-kilometer area of Dhanmondi Lake, in two hours Three leading companies produce two–thirds of Bangladesh’s total single-use non-recyclable plastics, leading pollution and posing serious consequences to the environment. Among the national and multinational companies, PRAN Food Limited, Abdul Monem Limited, and Bombay Sweets Company Limited […]

134,010 maunds of fuelwood burned in CHT tobacco kilns, yearly

New DoE report also finds 25-30% of all the industry’s fuelwood is used by these kilns A staggering 134,010 maunds of fuelwood is burned every year in the tobacco kilns of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT)—to process tobacco leaves. This poses a serious threat to the environment. The shocking information has been revealed in a […]

সড়কে চলে ময়লা বাছাইয়ের কাজ

একটু পরপর পরিচ্ছন্নতাকর্মীরা ভ্যানে করে ময়লা এনে ফেলছেন সড়কের ওপর। কয়েকজন সেসব ময়লা বাছাই করে প্যাকেট করছেন। প্যাকেট করা শেষে তা রাখা হচ্ছে ফুটপাতে। মূল সড়কে চলা এসব কর্মকাণ্ডের কারণে সেখানে লেগে যাচ্ছে যানজট। গত বুধবার গ্রিনরোডে দেখা গেছে এ দৃশ্য। সড়কের ঠিক উল্টো পাশে গ্রিন লাইফ মেডিকেল কলেজ হাসপাতাল। হাসপাতাল কর্তৃপক্ষ বলেছে, ভাগাড় সরানোর […]

নগর ভবন প্রাঙ্গণেই আবর্জনা

একযোগে ৭ হাজারের বেশি মানুষের অংশগ্রহণে আয়োজিত পরিচ্ছন্নতা অভিযানের জন্য গিনেস ওয়ার্ল্ড রেকর্ডসের স্বীকৃতি পেয়েছে ঢাকা দক্ষিণ সিটি করপোরেশন (ডিএসসিসি)। নগর ভবনের সামনে সাড়ম্বরে এই স্বীকৃতিপ্রাপ্তি উদ্‌যাপনের খবর এখনো টাটকা। অথচ এই নগর ভবনের প্রাঙ্গণেই আবর্জনার স্তূপ, ঘোড়ার আস্তাবল—সব মিলিয়ে চিরচেনা আবর্জনাময় রাজধানীর প্রতিচ্ছবি। সেখানে কোনো পরিবর্তন নেই। গতকাল বুধবার সিদ্দিক বাজার থেকে নগর ভবনে […]

Sundari disappearing fast in Sundarbans for salinity, diseases

Sundari tree, one of the most extensively found mangrove species in the Sundarbans, are disappearing for various diseases, including 'top-dying disease' which has killed 15 percent trees since the 80s. In the last 30 years, 1.44 million cubic meter Sundari trees worth Tk 2,000 crore have been destroyed after being affected by 'top-dying disease', said […]

Dhaincha as green manure

Farmers in Sonarai village in Domar upazila are gradually adopting an environment-friendly procedure to enrich their farmland for a better yield of crops by growing dhaincha, a green bushy plant. Thanks to the officials of Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) for motivating farmers to leave excessive dependence on chemical fertilisers as their regular use reduces […]

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. […]

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