Experts urged to ratify Minamata Convention to phase out mercury-added products পারদযুক্ত পণ্যের ব্যবহার বন্ধে মিনামাতা কনভেনশন অনুমোদনের আহ্বান সেন্টমার্টিন সৈকতে প্লাস্টিকের আগ্রাসন 72 birds die eating pesticide-treated masakalai Educate girls to save the planet শিশুর সর্দি-কাশি সারানোর ঘরোয়া উপায় 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12 24 thousand under 5 children die of pneumonia in Bangladesh annually গ্রিনহাউস গ্যাস কমানোর লক্ষ্যে নানা উদ্যোগ Maldives: Eco-friendly product export destination for Bangladesh

Portugal’s extreme weather: When climate change knocks at your door

In the past year, I have been unfortunate enough to experience two climatic events that shook my home nation, Portugal. Two events that I have never before experienced, and that I am afraid my son, and daughter, my nephews and nieces will experience a lot more frequently in the years to come.

Firstly, there were the wildfires that plagued Portugal last year. The largest one, now called the ‘Great Fire of 15 October’ (like the great fire of London, which my daughter has been studying at school), devastated about 54.000 hectares of centre of Portugal in just one day.

On the day of the fire, I was in London. Yet, I saw the impact of these fires as I, like so many, looked at the sky getting darker and darker.

Later, the news clarified that this huge shadow cast across the British capital – some 900 miles away – was in fact caused by the smoke and soot of the wildfires in Portugal, transported by the winds of Hurricane Ophelia.

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