Environment articles

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 […]

France bans captive breeding of dolphins, killer whales

PARIS,  – France on Saturday banned the breeding in captivity of dolphins and killer whales under tighter rules that campaigners hope will eventually herald the end of shows involving the animals, reports BSS. Environment Minister Segolene Royal had on Wednesday signed a version of the legislation introducing “tight controls on the reproduction of dolphins”, her […]

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Climate science: Bad news gets worse

PARIS,  – As UN negotiators meet in Bonn to thrash out rules for implementing the climate-rescue Paris Agreement, the stakes have never been higher, reports BSS. Following are some key climate measures that illustrate the risks of global warming. – 1.1 degrees – In 2016, Earth’s average surface temperature hit a record level for the […]

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Animals subjected to abuse

 Luke Dale-Harris: Animals exported live from EU countries are routinely being subjected to abuse, illegal transportation conditions and inhumane slaughter, an investigation has found. Dozens of undercover videos and photographs obtained by the Guardian show live cattle and sheep from EU countries being beaten, shocked with electric prods, and held for days in overcrowded pens […]

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Animal feed sourced from deforested lands

Arthur Neslen Campaign group Mighty Earth says aerial drones, satellite imaging and field research show farmers carried out forest-burning for fast food giant’s soy The hamburger chain Burger King has been buying animal feed produced in soy plantations carved out by the burning of tropical forests in Brazil and Bolivia, according to a new report. […]

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Korea closes dog meat market

Justin McCurry The shutters have started coming down at South Korea’s biggest dog meat market as the country seeks to head off international criticism over its practice of killing dogs for human consumption before it hosts the 2018 Winter Olympics. Moran market in Seongnam sells more than 80,000 dogs, dead or alive, every year and […]

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Greenpeace campaigns against palm trader

Elle Hunt: Greenpeace has suspended its campaign against one of the world’s largest palm oil traders in recognition of its “significant commitment” to address deforestation and exploitation in its supply chain. One year after its sustainability certificate was suspended, IOI Group announced further commitments to improve its environmental practice in a nine-month progress report released […]

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Groundwater too much contaminated in South Asia

Environment Desk: Sixty per cent of the groundwater in a river basin supporting more than 750 million people in Pakistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh is not drinkable or usable for irrigation, researchers have said. The biggest threat to groundwater in the Indo-Gangetic Basin, named after the Indus and Ganges rivers, is not depletion but contamination, […]

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Why I eat elephant heart

Leonidas Barora: I was born in Kinigi, in Rwanda’s Musanze district, about 65 years ago, and it is still my home. I come from the Batwa community; we are very short people. There are about 400 of us, which makes us the smallest tribe in Rwanda. We lived in the forests long before the government […]

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We owe our planet

Bill McKibben: There is no upside to the Trump presidency. To be in DC – I’ve come for Saturday’s giant climate march – is to be reminded up close what all Americans have known for months: we’ve put the country in the hands of a man completely unequal to the task. A man so cluelessly […]

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 […]