Category: Environment

Bangladesh admin November 2, 2021

Dhaka is world’s second-most polluted city

Air pollution still remains one of the top most challenges for Bangladesh -- its capital has been ranked as the second-most polluted city in the world. On Saturday, Dhaka occupied the second position in the list of world cities with the worst air quality. Dhaka's air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 159 around 9.15am, which is considered 'unhealthy'. The cities of Kolkata and Mumbai in neighbouring India occupied the first and third spots, respectively, with an AQI of 193 and 158.   An AQI between 100 and 200 is considered 'unhealthy for sensitive groups'. Similarly, an AQI between 201

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Environment admin November 2, 2021

Dolphin found dead at Halda River

A dolphin was found floating dead in the Halda River at Hathazari upazila of Chattogram today as the International Dolphin Day is being observed to conserve the endangered species. The mammal was found at the Gorduyara area of the river this morning, reports our Chattogram staff correspondent quoting Halda researcher Manzoorul Kibria. "The scars found on the dolphin's body were deep and someone may have bludgeoned it to death," he told The Daily Star. "With this, 32 dolphins were found dead in the Halda since 2017," he added.

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Environment admin November 2, 2021

25 wild birds, monkey rescued

Across four separate locations in Sylhet city, 25 wild birds were rescued, while an Assamese Macaque monkey was rescued from Bagbari area. Photo: Star Twenty-five wild and migratory birds and a monkey were rescued from four different places in Sylhet city yesterday afternoon. Rab has also detained a wholesaler of wild birds in this connection during a drive. Of the rescued animals, there are 20 cotton pygmy geese (locally known as Balihash), four eastern great egrets (locally known as Bak), one common hill myna, and one Assamese macaque monkey. "Social worker Enamul Munir located the four egrets being sold at

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Bangladesh admin November 2, 2021

Kaaoo kaaoo kah-ow!

Photo: Saleh Reza On October 13, Rajshahi University's zoology department's Prof Aminuzzaman Md Saleh Reza went out on a morning walk on the campus. This was supposed to be no different from his usual morning ritual, but upon hearing a peculiar bird-call, Prof Reza suddenly stumbled onto history-making territory. The bird in question turned out be a Jungle Owlet, a new species of owl spotted for the first time in the country. "When I heard its call, I knew it sounded like nothing I've heard before," Prof Reza told The Daily Star yesterday. He started tracing the source of the

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Bangladesh admin November 2, 2021

Coastal People: Not merely at mercy of nature

A woman taking drinking water from a hand pump in the middle of flooded fields in Gatirgheri area of Koyra, Khulna. Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Yaas made landfall in late May. But the breach in embankment by the surge still causes floods on vast areas in the coastal region. Photo: Habibur Rahman "Many are leaving this area and going someplace else to live. Their homes are submerged and they have no means of livelihood here. It is hard even to get drinking water sometimes." Gautam Das looks apprehensive as he says this standing by the Shakbaria river near Gatirgheri village

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Environment admin November 2, 2021

Empower youth to fight climate change

Sanowar, a youngster from Austomir Char of Kurigram's Chilmari upazila, had to move house over 12 times in the last 20 years, due to devastating floods and river erosion. Sraboni Rakhaine, a young lady from Patuakhali's Rangabali island, said they did not have access to drinking water all the time. Most students of the island drop out of school due to frequent cyclones and other natural disasters. Like Sanowar and Sraboni, many who are from five climate-vulnerable districts -- Khulna, Barguna, Patuakhali, Kurigram and Sunamganj -- shared their stories of how their lives have been affected by the impacts of

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Environment admin November 2, 2021

Climate Summit 2021: The damage must be addressed

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is greeted by her British counterpart during arrivals at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, yesterday. Photo: Reuters The issue of loss and damage must be addressed, including global sharing of responsibility for climate migrants displaced by sea-level rise, salinity increase, river erosion, floods, and draughts. This is one of the four points put forward by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the world leaders to fight climate change. She was addressing the 26th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) yesterday. In the first

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Environment admin November 2, 2021

India will achieve net zero emissions by 2070: Modi tells COP26

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (centre) with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres (right) and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at COP26. Photo: Reuters In a landmark decision in the face of repeated calls by developed nations, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced at the climate summit in Glasgow yesterday that his country will achieve the target of net zero emissions by the year 2070 to help fight the adverse effects of climate change. The pledge to reach net zero by 2070 is part of Modi's five-point climate action plan which includes India reaching its non-fossil energy capacity to 500

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Environment admin November 2, 2021

COP26: Over 100 countries promise to end deforestation by 2030

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II makes a video message to attendees of an evening reception to mark the opening day of the COP26 UN Climate Summit, in Glasgow, Scotland, Monday, Nov 1, 2021. Photo: AP More than 100 countries were set to pledge Tuesday to end deforestation, which scientists say is a major driver of climate change. Britain hailed the commitment as the first big achievement of the UN climate conference in Glasgow. But campaigners say they need to see the detail — such promises have been made, and broken, before. The UK government said it has received commitments from leaders

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