Bangladesh has seen a sharp rise in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the last 27 years, as the country depends largely on fossil fuels for energy, says a report of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Working Group III.
Bangladesh’s air quality has been the worst in the world for two years in a row -- a worrying development that will only become more acute if strict measures are not taken now such as specific legislation to check the menace.
In the last five years, local influential people have raked in Tk 180 crore by ripping apart Fasiakhali and Fulchhari forests using a lease document, which Forest Department has repeatedly been trying to get cancelled, but in vain.
If you cruise through the Ujantia canal up to its estuary with the Matamuhuri river of Cox’s Bazar, you will see the last remnants of a mangrove forest, almost obliterated from the country’s south-eastern landscape.
As if it wasn’t hard enough for elephants to survive in this country, in a tragic development, it was discovered that they are not just dying by electrocution. Shooting down the animals straight up has become seemingly rampant to protect encroached forest lands.
On an unfortunate morning in April 2009, Kabir Ahmed and his wife were working in the backyard of their home in Patenga of port city. All of a sudden, an altercation over land broke out in front of them. At one point, some people swooped on a youth and hacked him with machetes.