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Category archives for: Bangladesh Exclusive

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 […]

Sand lifting unabated

Illegal sand lifting from the Jamuna river at Nilkuthi in Saghata upazila has threatened the protection embankment and a housing project for the homeless. The sand lifting from the river has been continuing for the last few months by a group of sand traders with four dredgers. Due to the unabated extraction during the dry […]

Rampal fallout will be severe

Massive dredging of the rivers in and around the Sundarbans and transportation of coal for Rampal power plant would seriously affect the fish, wildlife and other aquatic resources in that region, scientists said in a new report. "Dredging and sediment disposal in estuarine and coastal waters such as the Sundarbans reserve forest and the Bay […]

Cyclone ‘Mora’ starts crossing Cox’s Bazar-Chittagong coast

The cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ has started crossing Cox’s Bazar-Chittagong coast near Kutubdia. In the latest special bulletin, Bangladesh Meteorological Department said the severe cyclonic storm ‘Mora’ moved northwards over North Bay and has started crossing Cox’s Bazar-Chittagong coast near Kutubdia at 6:00 am. It is likely to move in a northerly direction further, it said. […]

Hidden Health Hazard in Non-stick Cookware: ESDO

Famous non-stick cookware has become life threatening!!! It is as deadly as a poison. Non- stick cookware is made of a carcinogenic chemical which starts emitting toxic fumes. So the fumes are inhaled every time while cooking with a non-stick pot! Environment and Social Development Organization- ESDO disclosed these findings through their study report entitled, […]

BDS & ESDO in association with Asian Center for Environmental Health organized a workshop on “Mercury Free Dentistry: Way Forward”

Dentists, dental professionals, Government representatives and environmental leaders urged  the Government for phasing out mercury from dentistry sector by 2018. Yesterday  at a workshop, they demanded to take immediate step regarding this issue. Bangladesh Dental Society(BDS) and Environment and Social Development Organization-ESDO in association with Asian Center for Environmental Health  organized this workshop entitled, "Mercury […]

On the climate change frontline: the disappearing fishing villages of Bangladesh

Kutubdia’s islanders don’t have much of a carbon footprint – most don’t have regular electricity. But they are facing the reality of a changing climate, and soon tens of millions of their fellow Bangladeshis will be at risk. Rising seas sweep away land and livelihoods in Bangladesh – in pictures by Karen McVeigh in Kutubdia, […]

How warming seas are forcing fish to seek new waters

Scottish fishermen have uncovered an intriguing way to supplement their income: they have added squid to the menu of marine creatures they regularly pull from the sea. A species normally associated with the warmth of the Mediterranean, rather than the freezing north, may seem an odd addition to their usual catches of cod and haddock. […]

Save Dhaleshwari, Turag rivers from pollution Demands Nodi Bachao Andolan

With a demand for a stop to pollution and grabbing of the Turag, Bongshi, Dhaleshwari and Kaliganga rivers and Kornotoli Khal, environmentalists formed a human chain at different spots in Savar outside the capital yesterday. The human chain was organized by Bangladesh Nodi Bachao Andolan (Save the River Movement, Bangladesh). At the human chains, the […]

Alternative bricks: A boon for agriculture

Bricks made of clay-rich soil have built civilizations but the consequences were pollution and loss of topsoil. A state-backed research body in Bangladesh has developed alternative brick-making techniques without using the topsoil of arable lands. This is perfectly in line with a law that discourages the use of topsoil for making bricks. Read the first […]

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