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World Habitat Day: Habitats not just for humanity, but for life

Through the choppy waters of the Bay of Bengal, our speedboat twisted and turned trying to reach Sonadia Island.

Providing permanent support to the people of Tanguar Haor

I always wanted to take two photographs of the same spot of Tanguar Haor—one in the driest month of the year and one in the wettest.

Solving the climate change problem

The temperature in a small town in Eastern Russia, Verkhoyansk, located 10 kilometres above the Arctic circle, recently pushed to an astonishing 38 degrees Celsius—hotter than the annual average of Dhaka, Toronto, New York, or Los Angeles, during the same time of the year.

How our rivers fared in 2019

The year 2019 saw both good and bad developments for our rivers. On the good side, the first thing to be mentioned is the High Court’s judgement of February 3, declaring rivers as a “legal entity,” having rights similar to a living person.

COP25: Another round of active inaction

The UN’s longest-ever climate negotiations, continuing non-stop for almost two extra days, drew to a close on December 15 with not much to celebrate. Nations on both sides—developed and developing—held hardline positions resulting in utter disappointment, so expressed grudgingly by the UN Secretary General himself. Countries failed to agree on many of the sought-after outcomes, including rules to set up a global carbon market, steps to mobilise dedicated funding for loss and damage (L&D) and mobilisation of long term finance (LTF) for the most vulnerable.

Perils of climate change: Time for action

The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), known as the UN Climate Change

October 5, 2020
October 5, 2020

World Habitat Day: Habitats not just for humanity, but for life

Through the choppy waters of the Bay of Bengal, our speedboat twisted and turned trying to reach Sonadia Island.

August 17, 2020
August 17, 2020

Providing permanent support to the people of Tanguar Haor

I always wanted to take two photographs of the same spot of Tanguar Haor—one in the driest month of the year and one in the wettest.

June 29, 2020
June 29, 2020

Solving the climate change problem

The temperature in a small town in Eastern Russia, Verkhoyansk, located 10 kilometres above the Arctic circle, recently pushed to an astonishing 38 degrees Celsius—hotter than the annual average of Dhaka, Toronto, New York, or Los Angeles, during the same time of the year.

June 17, 2020
June 17, 2020

Desertification And Drought Day: The threat of parched land

Barsha-Kaal, or the rainy season, has officially arrived this week. If we were not shackled by Covid-19, we would have been welcoming monsoon with singing and dancing at public gatherings, arranging tree fairs, and planting hundreds and thousands of saplings all over the country. A perfect time to make our country greener!

April 2, 2020
April 2, 2020

Conservation delayed is conservation missed

In the middle of the devastating coronavirus crisis, we have come across some good news about the environment.

March 23, 2020
March 23, 2020

Why should you care about the air you breathe?

If you live in Dhaka, a city that is perennially drowned in a sea of polluted air, you may think that a scarlet sunrise or sunset blazing across the horizon is a sight to behold.

February 21, 2020
February 21, 2020

A breath of not so fresh air

We all know that the air quality in Dhaka is bad. Anyone living in the city only has to clean a surface at home in the morning and see the visible layer of dust magically reappear by the time you return from work, or spend a little time outdoors and just feel the air in your throat to know there is a real problem. But how bad is it truly? And are there insights that the data can reveal to us?

January 25, 2020
January 25, 2020

Save the environment, not posters

With the Dhaka City Corporation election ready to roll out next month, the capital is brimming with a palpable air of electoral mood.

January 14, 2020
January 14, 2020

Why count birds?

On a half-wooden, half-iron boat, a team of men and women in heavy winter gear and heavy-duty binoculars set sail on a very, very cold winter morning on January 5. Their destination was the sandbars and shallow water lagoons of the mighty Padma River.

January 10, 2020
January 10, 2020

Is it a new concept for Bangladesh?

Bangladesh’s forests tell us many stories. Let me share three of them.