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
Category archives for: Water & Wetland

A quarter of Dhaka’s wetlands gone

At the end of April, at a joint conference that included Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers’ Association (BELA), Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP), Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and other groups came together to share the findings of a study spanning the last nine years on how there has been a systematic degradation of Dhaka’s overall environment to […]

Everglades in crisis: can this Florida treasure avert an environmental tragedy?

At first pass, there seems little amiss in the idyll of Florida Bay. A wedge-shaped expanse of water between the Everglades and the Florida Keys, it is a clean, sun-dappled 1,000 sq mile playground for reddening tourists, grizzled fishermen and loud-shirted locals. But the consequences of Florida’s century-long attempt to bend the environment to its will aren’t hard to find. […]

A quarter of Dhaka’s wetlands gone

At the end of April, at a joint conference that included Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers’ Association (BELA), Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP), Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and other groups came together to share the findings of a study spanning the last nine years on how there has been a systematic degradation of Dhaka’s overall environment to […]

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 […]

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