Environment articles

Developed countries urged to meet commitment on climate change

DHAKA : Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the developed countries to deliver their commitment to combat the impacts of climate change in developing countries as well allocation of special budged to protect the children of coastal areas, reports BSS. “The emission of carbon dioxide by developed countries in the name of industrialization causes adverse […]

Ancient poo shows Antarctic penguins’ volcanic past

WELLINGTON,  – Analysis of ancient penguin guano has revealed that volcanic eruptions, not climate change, almost wiped out an Antarctic sea bird colony three times, researchers have found, reports BSS. There has long been speculation linking fluctuations in penguin populations over recent decades to climate change, but scientists studying a colony of gentoo penguins in […]

Florida eco-friendly town opens for business

PUNTA GORDA, United States, – With a farm-to-table restaurant, driverless shuttles, homes built with the latest green techniques and a massive solar farm to offset energy use, Florida’s first sustainable town is now open for business, reports BSS. The buzz about Babcock Ranch, an eco-friendly city of the future and the largest development of its […]

Australia sees second year of Barrier Reef bleaching

SYDNEY,  – Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is experiencing an unprecedented second straight year of mass coral bleaching, scientists said Friday, warning many species would struggle to fully recover, reports BSS. The 2,300-kilometre (1,400-mile) reef suffered its most severe bleaching on record last year due to warming sea temperatures during March and April. Bleaching is once […]

The battle to save Bangkok’s ‘Green Lung’

BANGKOK,  – Leaping out from Bangkok’s vast concrete sprawl is a kidney-shaped green space, home to hundreds of plant and bird species, and where cars are outnumbered by bicycles, reports BSS. But residents and campaigners fear the unique ecosystem and character of the city’s so-called “Green Lung” is under threat as developers lure locals with […]

Cabinet okays draft of Animal Welfare Law

Environment Desk: The cabinet Monday approved in principle the draft of “The Animal Welfare Law, 2016”. As per law, killing and ill treatment of animals will be considered as a punishable crime. One may face maximum two years of jail or Tk 50,000 as fine or both if found guilty of animal cruelty. Besides, six […]

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Humans spark most US wildfires: study

WASHINGTON, – People sparked most US wildfires in recent decades, causing longer fire seasons and increasing the amount of scorched earth, according to a new study published Monday, reports BSS. Researchers found that humans caused 84 percent — or four out of five — of the total 1.5 million wildfires studied between 1992 and 2012. […]

Arctic cultures take climate fight to Berlin film fest

BERLIN,  – They are fighting to preserve their ancient lifestyles and the very ground under their feet as the Arctic ice cap shrinks and the tundra’s permafrost slowly turns to mush, reports BSS. Polar circle film-makers at this year’s Berlin Film Festival are taking a cold, hard look at the plight of the indigenous people […]

Australia fires ease as damage mounts after record heat

SYDNEY, – Australia was counting the cost to property and livestock Monday after firefighters battled weekend blazes in some of the hottest conditions on record, reports BSS, reports BSS. At least 19 homes were destroyed in eastern Australia as emergency teams were sent out to assess the damage after a “catastrophic” weekend saw over 100 […]

‘Catastrophic’ fire conditions scorch Australia

SYDNEY,  – Eastern Australia endured severe “off the scale” fire conditions Sunday amid a record-breaking heatwave that sparked dire warnings from authorities, reports BSS. While bushfires are common in Australia’s arid summer, climate change has pushed up land and sea temperatures and led to more extremely hot days and severe fire seasons. “The conditions for […]

Climate change worries halt Vienna third runway

VIENNA, – A court has blocked Vienna airport’s plans for a third runway saying it would have resulted in greater greenhouse gas emissions, a verdict described by lawyers as a first, reports BSS. Austria’s Federal Administrative Court in a ruling published late Thursday said that the “positive aspects of the project cannot justify the high […]

Light to moderate fog may occur next morning

DHAKA,  – Light to moderate fog may occur at places over the country during mid night till morning, said a press release of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) today, reports BSS. It said weather may remain dry with temporary partly cloudy sky over the country and night temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country. Today’s […]

Macedonians send out SOS from Europe’s oldest lake

OHRID, Macedonia,  – A fishing boat glides across the shimmering surface of Europe’s oldest lake, a haven of biodiversity and a UNESCO World Heritage Site — one that conservationists warn faces multiple development threats, reports BSS. Lake Ohrid, which straddles the mountainous border of Macedonia and Albania, has been in existence for up to three […]

Ensure best use of cultivable land amid changing climate: Experts

RANGPUR,  – Ensuring best use of cultivable land adopting the latest technologies with newer cropping patterns would become very effective to enhance crop production to ensure food security amid changing climate, reports BSS. According to agriculture and environment experts, sustainable food security has become the most important global issue now as the negative impacts of […]

UNICEF for 20pc of social sector budget for children

DHAKA,  – The UNICEF country representative Edouard Beigbeder today urged the government to invest 20 percent of the social budget for children by 2020 for betterment of the children, reports BSS. “The effects of climate change are tangible, disproportionately affecting children. To ensure a good start in life and opportunities for every child to develop […]

Massive Antarctic ice shelf ready to break apart

PARIS, – A chunk of ice half the size of Jamaica which is breaking away from West Antarctica is now attached to its parent ice shelf just by a thread, scientists reported Friday, reports BSS. Covering 5,000 square kilometres (1,900 square miles) and nearly 100 storeys deep, the formation is poised to snap off from […]

Trump could enact sweeping changes to environment policy: experts

MIAMI,  – President-elect Donald Trump could enact sweeping changes to environmental policy in the beginning days of his administration, with far-reaching effects both in the United States and around the world, experts say, reports BSS. Even though the pro-oil Republican billionaire is buoyed by a partisan majority in Congress, he won’t need the support of […]

US contributes $500-million to UN Green Climate Fund

WASHINGTON,  – The outgoing Barack Obama administration announced Tuesday a contribution of half a billion dollars to the UN Green Climate Fund, just three days before Donald Trump takes over the White House, reports BSS. The $500 million payment, announced by State Department spokesman John Kirby in a statement, is the second from the United […]

Mild to moderate cold wave sweeps over Barisal, Rajshahi divisions

DHAKA,  – Mild to moderate cold wave is sweeping over Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions and the regions of Tangail, Faridpur, Madaripur, Gopalganj, Mymensingh, Sreemangal, Satkhira, Jessore, Chuadanga, Kushtia, Barisal and Bhola and it may continue, said a press release of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) today, reports BSS. It said weather is likely to remain dry […]

Not enough investment in renewables: IRENA

ABU DHABI,  – Money invested in renewable energy is not enough to reach a climate goal of limiting global warming to 2.0 degrees Celsius, an Abu Dhabi-based green energy organisation said Sunday, reports BSS. Investment in renewables has increased dramatically in the last decade, but “the rate of growth is not sufficient yet to meet […]

Unusual cold hampers normal life in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI, -The unusual cold biting is hampering normal life in the city and its adjacent areas for the last couple of days as the difference between maximum and minimum temperature was further reduced here during the past 24 hours, reports BSS. The minimum temperatures marked further falls at most places and blowing cooler winds from […]

Weather likely dry

DHAKA,  – Weather may remain mainly dry with temporary partly cloudy sky over the country having chances of drizzle at one or two places over Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions, reports BSS. Moderate to thick fog may occur at places over the river basins and adjoining area and light to moderate fog may occur elsewhere over […]

Beijing maintains orange alert for air pollution

BEIJING,  – Beijing will extend the orange alert for heavy air pollution for another three days as heavy smog will continue in the city, environmental authorities said Monday, reports BSS. The alert, which was originally effective from Friday to Sunday, will not be lifted until Wednesday midnight, according to a statement issued by the Beijing […]