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Category archives for: Water & Wetland

Surma choked with garbage

Although the local office of the Department of Environment claims that indicators regarding the river's health were acceptable, people living by it are saying that the water is so polluted that some are suffering from skin and stomach diseases. More than 7.5km of the river flows through Sylhet metropolitan areas. During a recent visit, this […]

What are we doing to save our water sources?

Various reports on the occasion of World Water Day, observed on March 22, have brought the terrible foreboding of a scenario in which we will literally run out of water. For Bangladesh, the urgency of conserving our water bodies could not be more critical. Dhaka, for instance, is practically losing all its rivers—Buriganga, Sitalakhya, Balu […]

Water is a growing source of global conflict. Here’s what we need to do

The most intensive drought ever recorded in Syria lasted from 2006 to 2011. Water scarcity hit households, businesses and infrastructure, while in the countryside crops failed, livestock died, and entire families moved to the country’s cities. The subsequent eruption of civil war in 2011 led to as many as half a million deaths, as well […]

HOW THE CLEAN WATER ACT COULD BECOME A DIRTY WATER RULE

On February 14, the Trump Administration published a proposed federal rule that would roll back protection for streams and wetlands across the United States. But we don’t have this accept this awful valentine — Write to the Administration today and let them know that you support healthy rivers and clean water.Urge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) […]

Farmers waste 800 litres of water to grow a kg of paddy

Even though it is possible to produce 1 kg of paddy using 2,500 litres of water,  they use 3,300 litres, not knowing farming methods to reduce the amount of water needed as inputFarmers across the country are misusing some 800 litres of water in producing each kilogram of paddy.Even though it is possible to produce […]

Clean and Green Bangladesh: A goal that can be achieved

Think before you do, not after you're done,” says a Bengali proverb that applies to an urgent threat today for Bangladesh—major environmental problems spawned by rapid urbanisation and industrialisation. A decade of strong economic growth helped Bangladesh reach lower middle-income status while sharply decreasing its poverty rate, a remarkable achievement. But like many countries in […]

Wetlands are a natural climate solution. Guess who’s turning them into big polluters?

Like all healthy wetlands, the Mississippi Delta was once a carbon sink, an ecosystem that sucks carbon dioxide out of the air and stores it in the ground. Now it’s unclear if it still is. As the delta rapidly sinks into the sea, it could release into the atmosphere thousands of years’ worth of stored-up […]

Coastal wetlands excel at storing carbon

In the global effort to mitigate carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, all options are on the table — including help from nature. Recent research suggests that healthy, intact coastal wetland ecosystems such as mangrove forests, tidal marshes and seagrass meadows are particularly good at drawing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it for […]

The relationship of indigenous peoples and local communities with wetlands

Today, there are an estimated 370 million indigenous peoples across the world. Although they represent a relatively small portion of the global population, they account for the largest portion of linguistic and cultural diversity on Earth. The lands and waters traditionally occupied or used by indigenous peoples are also estimated to contain the majority of […]

World’s top fishing nations to be given millions to protect oceans

Millions of pounds’ worth of funding to tackle global overfishing and protect coral reefs will be announced at a major conference in Indonesia this week. Politicians, marine experts and philanthropists will convene in Bali at the Our Ocean conference on Monday to agree commitments on how to address the pressures facing our oceans, including rising […]

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