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History Can No Longer Guide Farmers, Investors: UN PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 August 2009

Climate change has made history an inaccurate guide for farmers as well as energy investors who must rely on probabilities and scenarios to make decisions, the head of a United Nations agency said on Wednesday.

Michel Jarraud, director-general of the World Meteorological Organization, said that water and temperature projections have become more valuable than the historical weather data that long governed strategy in agriculture, hydro-electric power, solar technology and other fields.

'Cloud Burst' Breaks 53-year Record PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Torrential overnight rains in Dhaka broke a half-century record, the met office said on Tuesday as the city, half-submerged by morning, ground to a halt.

Meteorlogists said 333mm of rain was recorded in the capital over the 24-hour period up to 7am, breaking a 53-year-old record in Dhaka for the month of July.

Nepalis run to save glacial lake near Everest PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 June 2009

More than 100 Nepalis took part in a race near Mount Everest on Thursday to highlight the effect of climate change on a glacial lake that risks bursting near the world's tallest peak.

Environmental activists say rising temperatures are fast shrinking the Himalayan glaciers from which several Asian rivers originate, threatening the lives of millions of people who depend on them for water.

Arctic Summer Ice Could Vanish By 2013: Expert PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 March 2009

The Arctic is warming up so quickly that the region's sea ice cover in summer could vanish as early as 2013, decades earlier than some had predicted, a leading polar expert said on Thursday.

Warwick Vincent, director of the Center for Northern Studies at Laval University in Quebec, said recent data on the ice cover "appear to be tracking the most pessimistic of the models", which call for an ice free summer in 2013.

Climate change: 'Not a distant fury' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 February 2009

Dhaka, Feb 3 ( — Visiting Danish climate minister Connie Hedegaard says climate change is not some "distant fury", its widespread consequences are already being felt in Bangladesh and around the globe with one thing in common: unpredictability.

"During my visit I saw people are struggling with climate change. It is already here," Hedegaard told in an interview on Tuesday.

Climate Will Add $100B to Development Costs PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 12 October 2008

LONDON, (OneWorld) - Failure to factor climate change into the Millennium Development Goals was a major mistake, Lord Nicholas Stern told a meeting in London this week.

"We mustn't make that mistake again," emphasized the former adviser to the British Government on the economics of climate change and development who also headed the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change. Because a hostile climate made successful economic growth efforts more costly in developing countries, he said, the cost of achieving the global anti-poverty and healthcare goals might be $100 billion more than expected.
End use of fossil fuels in 20 years, UK warned PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 October 2008

Britain must abandon using almost all fossil fuels to produce power in 20 years' time, the government's climate change watchdog will warn today, reports The Guardian

The independent Climate Change Committee will publish its advice to the government that the UK should set a 2050 target of cutting all greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% - including the emissions from aviation and transport, which were previously excluded.
Bay low triggers rains( PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 September 2008

The city experienced a 57 mm rain on Friday as a low developed in the north and western part of the Bay of Bengal, local Met office said.

The office has asked the all three ports—Chittagong, Mongla and Cox's Bazar—to hoist danger signal number 3.
Over half of Europe's amphibians face extinction by 2050 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2008

More than half of all frogs, toads and newts living in Europe could be driven to extinction within 40 years as climate change, diseases and habitat destruction take their toll, scientists warned last night, reports The Guardian.

The majority of the most threatened species live in Mediterranean regions, which are expected to become warmer and drier. Island species, such as the Mallorcan midwife toad and Sardinian brook newt, are especially at risk because they are unable to move to cooler climates.
Bay depression likely to weaken PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 September 2008

The monsoon deep depression over the northwest Bay of Bengal, off the Orissa coast, is likely to move in a north-northwesterly direction further inland and weaken gradually, said a special weather bulletin.

It moved slightly northwestwards and crossed Orissa-West Bengal coasts of India near Baleshwar early Wednesday morning and lies over Orissa, West Bengal and adjoining coastal areas as a land depression, said the issued by the Storm Warning Centre of Bangladesh Meteorological Department at 9:41am.
Monsoon front intensifies PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 September 2008

The monsoon front over the northwest Bay of Bengal, off the Orissa coast, moved slightly northwards and intensified into a deep depression, the meteorological department said Tuesday in a special weather bulletin, reports agency.

Under its influence, a steep pressure gradient lies over the North Bay, the weather office said.
'Bangladesh on front line of climate change' PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2008

By Douglas Alexander

UK Secretary of State for International Development

This year has seen millions of people face drought in Ethiopia; 11 million people affected by flooding in India; and up to 128,000 people killed by the cyclone that struck Burma. Scientists predict that such weather events will only become more frequent and more extreme as a result of climate change.

Bangladesh to share climate change strategy in London PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 September 2008

The UK-Bangladesh Climate Change Conference, hosted by the British government, begins Wednesday with Bangladesh hoping for greater financial support for future adaptation to the adverse effects of climate change.

The 39-member Bangladesh delegation, led by finance and planning adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam, arrived Tuesday to attend the one-day conference at the London headquarters of the Royal Geographic Society.
Warming oceans make strongest storms stronger: study PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 September 2008

REUTERS, WASHINGTON- As the world's oceans get warmer, the strongest tropical storms get stronger, climate scientists reported on Wednesday as the remnants of Hurricane Gustav spun out over the central United States.

"If the seas continue to warm, we can expect to see stronger storms in the future," James Elsner of Florida State University said.
Global warming: Sea level rises may accelerate due to melting ice sheet PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 September 2008

By the end of the century sea levels may be rising three times as fast as they are at present

The Guardian Online

The vast Greenland ice sheet could begin to melt more rapidly than expected towards the end of the century, accelerating the rise in sea levels as a result of global warming, scientists warned yesterday.

Water running off the ice sheet could triple the current rate of sea level rise to around 9mm a year, leading to a global rise of almost 1 metre per century, the researchers found.
Iceland's president to visit Dhaka PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Confce on climate change


Iceland's President Olafur Ragnar Grimson will visit Bangladesh for four days in August to attend a climate change conference at Dhaka University, marking the first visit of an Icelandic head of state to Bangladesh.

"Iceland's president will arrive on the night of August 26. It is a private visit rather than an official tour," foreign adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury told
Tropical Storm Fay batters Cuba, threatens Florida PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Reuters, Havana,- Tropical Storm Fay raked Cuba's southern coast with gusty winds and heavy rains on Sunday while tourists fled the Florida Keys as the storm threatened to reach the United States as a likely hurricane.

The sixth storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, Fay has already killed dozens.
Strong quake hits Indian Ocean, no tsunami alert PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 August 2008

NEW DELHI, Sun Aug 10,( - A strong earthquake of 6.0 magnitude struck in the Indian Ocean on Sunday, but no tsunami warning was issued, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The department had initially reported the quake at magnitude 6.6. The US Geological Survey measured it at 6.0. Officials said there were no reports of damages from the tremor which struck 145 km southwest of Port Blair, capital of India's remote Andaman islands at 0822 GMT.
Low turns into monsoon front over NW Bay, south India PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 August 2008


The previous day's low over the northwest Bay and the coasts of adjoining Orissa and West Bengal has developed into a monsoon depression, crossing the Orissa coast early Sunday, the meteorological department said.

It may proceed north-west side and turn into a land depression, due to the continuing low pressure gradient in the Bay of Bengal, forecast officer Mahmudul Kabir of the met office said.
Bay low puts seaports on alert PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 August 2008


Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and Mongla seaports have been asked to hoist local cautionary signal no. 3 due to a low surfacing over the north Bay of Bengal and areas close by, the meteorological department said on Saturday.

"The low formed at 10am and has gradually intensified and after proceeding toward north-northwest it turned into a clear low," forecast officer Md Rasheduzzaman of the met office said.
Tropical storm looms off Texas-Louisiana coast PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 August 2008

HOUSTON, Mon Aug 4, ( - Tropical Storm Edouard moved across the northern Gulf of Mexico on Monday, threatening to come ashore on the Texas-Louisiana coast at near-hurricane strength.

Edouard, the fifth tropical storm of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season, had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph), the US National Hurricane Center said in its 7 a.m. report.

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