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Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention

Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention

MANILA, – Lions, chimpanzees, giraffes, leopards and a wide variety of sharks received added protection at a UN wildlife conference in the Philippines, organisers said Saturday, reports BSS. Some 34 endangered species were selected to receive heightened conservation efforts at the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) conference that just concluded in Manila. Protecting migratory species […]

Brazil scraps bid to mine Amazon natural reserve

BRASILIA,  – The Brazilian government backed off a controversial proposal to authorize private companies to mine a sprawling Amazon reserve Monday after blistering domestic and international criticism, reports BSS. President Michel Temer’s office will issue a new decree Tuesday that “restores the conditions of the area, according to the document that instituted the reserve in […]

Light to moderate rain likely

DHAKA,  – Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at a few places in Barisal, Mymensingh, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions and at one or two places in Rajshahi, Rangpur, Dhaka and Khulna divisions with moderately heavy falls at places over the country in 24 hours as of […]

Heavy rainfall likely in current month of August

DHAKA, – The country may witness heavy rainfall in August as monsoon will remain active throughout the month, an official of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) told BSS today, reports BSS. “Heavy to very heavy rainfall may occur at the end of this week. Like the month of July, heavy rainfall is likely in August too,” […]

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UN chief notified US’s intention to withdraw from Paris climate pact

UNITED NATIONS,  – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Friday received notification from U.S. delegation on the country’s intention to withdraw from the Paris climate pact, his spokesman has confirmed, reports BSS. The notification came two months after President Donald Trump announced his intention to leave the accord. “The decision by the United States to withdraw from […]

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Virginia to test Natural Bridge arch for long-term stability

Rockbridge, Jul 25 – Virginia officials plan to use ground-penetrating radar to test the long-term stability of Natural Bridge, the landmark limestone arch that supports part of U.S. Route 11, reports AP/UNB. A spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation, Sandy Myers, tells The Roanoke Times the tests could start this week. Workers will look […]

Met office predicts heavy rainfall in parts of country

DHAKA,  – Due to active monsoon over country, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at places in Khulna, Barisal and Chittagong divisions in 24 hours as of 8 am tomorrow, said a Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) release today, reports BSS. Due to heavy to very heavy rainfall, landslide may occur at places […]

Birmingham to host seminar to help tackle BD climate change

DHAKA : A major international event aimed at transforming how environmental and conservation issues are tackled in Bangladesh will be held in Birmingham, a major city in England, on Thursday, reports UNB. Birmingham City University will be hosting the ‘Build Bangladesh: Environmental Education is a Basic Human Right’ event, which will bring together teachers, researchers […]

Iran says high UV radiation quadruples around Urmia Lake

TEHRAN, – Ultraviolet (UV) radiation around Urmia Lake in northwest of Iran has quadrupled over the past 10 years, putting life health at risk, Financial Tribune daily reported on Sunday, reports BSS. The increase in UV radiation, due to the decreasing water level, has a multitude of impacts on health including the result of cataract […]

Envoys wade in to help US waters despite Trump climate snub

LORTON, United States,  – President Donald Trump may have torpedoed the Paris climate accord as US diplomats brace for huge cuts to their environmental programs, reports BSS. But on Monday, American officials joined world diplomats wading out into the Potomac estuary to replant seagrass in a telling gesture paired with an unlikely photo opportunity. Embassy […]

Trump wants to ‘stay engaged’ on climate: Tillerson

SYDNEY,  – US President Donald Trump wants to stay engaged on climate change and has not abandoned the issue, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday, days after Trump announced he was quitting the Paris accord, reports BSS. Trump’s decision, which has been roundly denounced by the international community, was based on his belief that […]

California plots to fight ‘AWOL’ Trump on climate

LOS ANGELES, – California stands poised to fill the US leadership vacuum in the battle against climate change, analysts say, as the state’s governor Jerry Brown headed to China on Friday for a high-profile visit largely centered on environmental issues, reports BSS. No sooner had President Donald Trump made his announcement on Thursday to pull […]

Connect with nature, before it’s too late: UN expert

Dhaka, Jun 1 – United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment John H Knox has urged all States to do more to fulfill their existing obligations to protect the world’s biological diversity from extinction, reports UNB. “Governments should ensure public information and participation in biodiversity-related decisions and provide access to effective remedies […]

Met office predicts rainfall in parts of country

DHAKA, – Rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind is likely to occur at a few places over Rajshahi, Rangpur, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions, a met office release said, reports BSS. Besides, mild heat wave is sweeping over Khulna and Barisal divisions and the regions of Faridpur, […]

Why nuclear could become the next ‘fossil’ fuel

HOMESTEAD, United States, – A gray dinosaur statue outside south Florida’s largest power plant is meant to symbolize two decommissioned fossil fuel reactors, but it also could be seen to represent a nuclear industry crumpling under mounting costs, reports BSS. Almost a decade ago, Turkey Point was aiming to become one of the country’s largest […]

Submersible pumps make 5,880 drought-hit families pleased

RAJSHAHI, – Some 5,880 drought hit-families including 5,417 ethnic minorities ones have been brought under safe drinking water source through commissioning of 95 submersible pumps in the high Barind tract, reports BSS. The pumps along with 30,027 feet pipelines were commissioned with intervention of ‘Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)’ Project benefiting 26,463 people including 13,103 […]

Climate talks under shadow of Trump threats

BONN,  – US President Donald Trump’s threats to pull America out of the climate-rescue Paris Agreement is expected to cast a long shadow over UN talks starting Monday to work on the nuts and bolts of the deal, reports BSS. The 11-day haggle in Bonn is meant to start drafting a “rulebook” to guide member […]

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