plunging into a pool of waste without safety equipment and barely any clothing, a young clean sewer line in Paltan area. Often times, these worker sustains injuries from working in cramped drains or suffer from eye problem, respiratory and skin diseases Environmental charter for the new government America’s renewable energy capacity is now greater than coal It is time to impose ban on single-use plastic A quarter of Dhaka’s wetlands gone Australia’s climate and extinction crises are crying out for political solutions Team of Minamata mercury waste experts at UNEP, Osaka, Japan on May 27,2019 Straws Made Of Wild Grass Are Vietnam’s Newest Zero-Waste Option Organic farmers association in Kerala wins international award for innovative farming An International Conference on Minamata Convention
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Mercury emission rates alarming in Bangladesh

In a 2017-18 survey conducted by Esdo, estimated mercury input in the environment stands at 21,030kg per year Experts have emphasized raising awareness about the use of mercury in products and its proper management. With this as the agenda, a workshop on “Mercury Pollution in Bangladesh: Effects on Health and Environment” under the Minamata Initial […]

Draft clean air act presented for immediate approval

The draft suggests the DoE shall prepare a time-bound National Air Quality Management Plan The draft of “clean air act-2019” proposes that the government announce the names of critical areas in regard to the Air Quality Index (AQI), and the head of any government entity be held responsible for violating the law.  Section 7 of […]

Environment minister: Brick kilns responsible for 58% air pollution in Dhaka

Noting that various diseases, including cancer, are on the rise in the country, he said the government is firmly committed to changing the situation Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin said the brick kilns located around Dhaka city are responsible for 58% of its air pollution. “The government has taken a strong […]

Toxic air is harming our children with every breath that they take

All day, every day, even while they sleep, tens of millions of children in South Asia are being seriously harmed by toxic air.South Asia is leading the world in this respect—and not in a good way. Here, air pollution now kills an estimated 130,000 children under five every single year. It is a staggering fact […]

Gopalganj environment threatened by brick kilns

Despite the government’s steps to shut kilns down, influential kiln owners have kept them operational The environment, public health, and farmlands of Gopalganj have come under threat because local influential people have established illegal brick kilns.Locals have submitted written complaints to the offices of the Gopalganj deputy commissioner, and those affiliated, demanding the kilns be […]

Promoting eco-positive sanitary hygiene practices

Resurgence, a social enterprise founded by Mashiyat Rahman, Naziba Naila Wafa and Rafayet Khan from BRAC University, started off in February 2017. It aims at spreading awareness about menstrual hygiene amongst the underprivileged community of our society by manufacturing low-cost, biodegradable sanitary napkins made out of kochuripana (water hyacinth), which is easily available across Bangladesh. […]

Experts: ‘Changes to Brick Production Act contribute to more air pollution’

New amendments to the existing law make it easier to obtain brick kiln production licenses Significant changes to the Brick Production and Brick Kiln Building (Control) Act of 2013 will pave the way to more pollution from mushrooming brick kilns, experts and environmentalists said.Under Bangladesh’s current five-year plan, when the government is committed to reducing air pollution […]

Deadliest year for dengue fever in Bangladesh as cases explode in Dhaka

Dengue season usually begins with June’s monsoon rains in Dhaka. An unavoidable fact of life, it proves deadly to a handful of unfortunate victims but by September it has mostly disappeared from the Bangladeshi capital. But this year the disease has seen more than a tripling of numbers of recorded cases in the city – […]

Treasure from trash: E-waste recycling in Bangladesh

Extracting valuable elements contained in electronic waste, mostly known as e-waste, such as copper and gold, can be a good source of income in developing or newly industrialized countries, and Bangladesh is certainly no exception in this regard. E-waste can be defined as reuse or recycling of scrapped electrical or electronic devices. Azizu Recycling & […]

Tigers dwindling: just six sub-species remain

Six different sub-species of tigers exist today, scientists confirmed yesterday, amid hopes the findings will boost efforts to save the fewer than 4,000 free-range big cats that remain in the world. The six include the Bengal tiger, Amur tiger, South China tiger, Sumatran tiger, Indochinese tiger and Malayan tiger, said the report in the journal […]

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