Dhaka city has lost a combined length of 120km or 307 hectares of canals, which could have been waterways and vital drainage, thanks to encroachment, unplanned urbanisation and lack of maintenance by the authorities in the last 80 years.
Upon reaching the Harishkhali village in Pratapnagar union, an area on the forefront of climate impacts in the country,the first thing noticed was a red flag, hoisted by the launch terminal, fluttering against the southernbreeze.
As farmers start harvesting and threshing early varieties of Aman paddy in the northern districts, the fear looms that their profit could be negligible due to higher production costs than last year.
Defying repeated calls by the nature-concerned people, the government has passed a project to build a Safari Park in Lathitila reserved forest raising the prospect of destroying one of our last remaining evergreen forests
Around 1,430 people, aged 65 and up, have died between 2017 and 2021 from heat-related causes, which have accelerated due to climate change, said a study revealed yesterday.
Defying the law, locally influential people are illegally extracting sand from many sites of different rivers and seashores across the country, affecting biodiversity and upsetting ecosystems in the country’s waters.
Standing near the eroded edge of the mythical river in Matikata village of Tangail, 90-year-old Hashem Ali Munshi says the bank of the Jamuna is as shifting as ever. His vacant eyes belie the irrevocable damage the river has done to him.
Three and a half years into the High Court order to ban single-use plastic products in the coastal districts, there has been no visible progress towards implementation.