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Bangladesh For Quick Release of Funds PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 December 2010

CLIMATE CONFERENCE

Bangladesh has demanded immediate release of quick funds and agreement on a robust plan for next year's climate summit in Durban, South Africa.

Bangladesh's state minister for environment, Hasan Mahmud, told a high-level plenary session at the Cancún climate talks on Wednesday that he wanted to see an ambitious work plan leading to the next summit in Durban.

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$2 Bln Needed to Tackle Climate Effects' PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 October 2010

Bangladesh will need about $2 billion in next 10 years to tackle the health risks from global warming, health minister A F M Ruhul Haque has said.

The minister, after attending a meeting on climate change on Thursday, told reporters that the exact amount could be confirmed by June next year.

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Lailatul Qadr Tonight PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 September 2010

Lailatul Qadr will be observed across the country with due respect and religious solemnity on Monday night.

This night is believed to be the night when Allah revealed the Quran to the Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (SM).

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Environment-Friendly Method for Coal Mining: Tawfiq PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 July 2010

Prime minister's energy advisor Tawfiq-e-Elahi said on Sunday that the final draft of the national coal policy will be published by the end of the year after taking advice from specialists in the field.

He revealed this in response to a query at a seminar on coal gasification held at the Petrobangla headquarters in Dhaka.

Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources Corporation (Petrobangla) arranged the seminar.

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Indian Ocean Sea Level Rise Threatens Millions PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 July 2010

Sea levels are rising unevenly in the Indian Ocean, placing millions at risk along low-lying coastlines in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, scientists say in a study.

Researchers from the University of Colorado and the National Center for Atmospheric Research say the rising sea levels are caused in part by climate change and are triggered by warming seas and changes to atmospheric circulation patterns.

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New Climate Fund to Give $110m PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 31 May 2010

Bangladesh and the European Union signed an agreement setting up a new climate fund which will initially provide $110 million.

State minister for environment Hasan Mahmud told bdnews24.com on Monday that pledges were still coming in for the new Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund.

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US Senators Prepare Climate Change Bill PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 April 2010

Six months after introducing a sweeping climate change bill that flopped in the Senate, Democrat John Kerry is preparing to offer a compromise measure that seeks to reel in reluctant senators.

Kerry, collaborating with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and independent Senator Joseph Lieberman, might introduce a new bill promoting clean energy early next week, just days before the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, environmental sources said.

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Bangladesh To Track Migratory Birds By Satellite PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 March 2010

Bangladesh has introduced costly satellite transmitters for tracking migratory birds that will help identify their movements. Nine birds were fitted with the transmitters, each weighing five grammes and costing Tk 3 lakh, on Friday and Saturday.

Tapan Kumar Dey, forest conservator (wildlife and nature conservation circle) of the Forest Directorate, told bdnews24.com that this was an unprecedented event.

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Calls for Condition-Free Climate Funds PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 14 February 2010

Funds to tackle climate change must be easily available and free from burdensome conditions, officials, experts and climate activists stressed with one voice on Saturday, ahead of a key meeting of donors in Bangladesh.

Speakers at a day-long seminar on climate change funds also said that the mechanism to disburse these funds should be essentially controlled by the host government and not by foreign agencies.

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Sundarban Tigers At Risk From Rising Sea Level: Study PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 January 2010

One of the world's largest tiger populations could disappear by the end of this century as rising sea levels caused by climate change destroy their habitat in the Sundarbans along the coast of Bangladesh, according to a new World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-led study published in the journal Climatic Change.

Tigers are among the world's most threatened species, with only an estimated 3,200 remaining in the wild, Swiss-based WWF, the worlds largest conservations organisation, said in a report on Friday.

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Copenhagen Accord was a 'Disaster', Says Sweden PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Sweden described the Copenhagen climate change summit as a "disaster" and a "great failure" on Tuesday, ahead of a meeting of European Union environment ministers to discuss how to rescue the process.

The European Union went to Copenhagen with the hope of achieving a broad commitment to at least a 20-percent cut in carbon emissions below 1990 levels within 10 years, but that and other firm goals failed to emerge in the final accord.

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UN Climate Talks Accept US-led Accord PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 December 2009

UN climate talks avoided complete failure on Saturday by formally acknowledging a new US-led accord for combating global warming despite opposition from several nations.

"The conference of the parties takes note of the Copenhagen Accord," said a final decision at the 193-nation talks that stopped short of endorsing the deal.

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'Impasse' at Copenhagen talks PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Just three days before world leaders are expected at the table to seal a UN climate pact, ministers in Copenhagen were struggling to break deadlock that threatens to derail the whole process.

Organizers of the talks said environment ministers would work deep into night to narrow wide differences, saying the bulk of the work must be complete before some 130 leaders formally join the Dec 7-18 meeting on Thursday.

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Ex-adviser sees Bangladesh as 'agent for change' not climate victim PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 December 2009

Former caretaker government adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman has spoken strongly for Bangladesh being presented as an "agent for change" and an example of best practices in coping with disasters, rather than solely as a climate change 'victim'.

He stressed the Bangladesh people's long experience in overcoming disasters, which should be called on now to set best practices to face the adverse impacts of climate change, he told a media briefing on Saturday.

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EU Commitment Seen As Not Enough PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 December 2009

The EU's climate fund commitment is not enough, Bangladesh's state minister for environment said Saturday in Copenhagen.

The European Union on Friday made a commitment of 10 billion euro over three years to the climate adaptation fund being negotiated in Copenhagen, through which rich nations are expected to assist poor and vulnerable countries.

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Build On Kyoto, Don't Discard It: Dhaka PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 December 2009

Bangladesh on Thursday pushed for a stronger climate deal to be built on the existing legally-binding Kyoto Protocol that expires 2012.

A Bangladesh official, speaking at a session of the Conference of Parties, said Dhaka would like to see the Kyoto arrangements continued but, if necessary, amended.

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Dhaka Decries Slow Pace PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 December 2009

Bangladesh on Monday vented its anger and "deep concern" at the lack of climate commitment by developed countries, calling their proposals "not adequate" and unacceptable.

In a statement released at the end of the opening day's deliberations, the Bangladesh delegation to the crucial global climate talks here also denounced "the slow progress" of negotiations.

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PM will Seek to Unite Poor Countries on Climate at UNGA PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 September 2009

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will seek to unite countries worse-affected by climate change to press for climate funds during the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly and Climate Summit next week, an official said on Saturday.

Hasina will address climate change issues and participate in talks with leaders of countries contributing UN peacekeeping troops around the world, among other subjects, foreign secretary Mohamed Mizarul Quayes told reporters Saturday at the Secretariat.

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PM Seeks Climate Commitments in Geneva PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 September 2009

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, in Geneva, has called for adaptation funds, transfer of green technology and global commitments for deeper carbon cuts to combat the threat of climate change.

"It is clear all must acknowledge their sacred duty to save our climate system, and hence our planet as a habitable place for future generations," Hasina said, addressing the UN-backed World Climate Conference 3 in the Swiss city on Thursday.

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UK Climate Delegation Arrives Next Week PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 August 2009

British international development minister Douglas Alexander, and energy and climate change minister Ed Milliband will be visiting Bangladesh next week to see the impact of climate change in Asia.

They will be meeting with top Bangladesh government official to discuss climate change issues before the Copenhagen Summit in December.

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Climate Change Hits Crop Yields In Nepal: Report PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 August 2009

Changing weather patterns have affected crop production in Nepal pushing hundreds of farmers into debt, aid agency Oxfam said in a report on Friday.

Many poor villagers were even eating less as crop yields from their meagre holdings drop due to irregular rains, the agency said, citing accounts given by the farmers.

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