Pinaki Roy

Chief Reporter, The Daily Star

Why tidal surges were so high

Southern rivers in Bangladesh were already swelling with waters on May 23 due to the full moon’s gravitational dance with the Earth.

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Fewer but fiercer since the 90s

Though Bangladesh is experiencing fewer cyclones than in the 1960s, their intensity has increased, a recent study has found.

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Depression forms in the Bay of Bengal

The Met office yesterday said the depression over the Bay of Bengal may intensify and turn into a cyclone before making landfall on the Bangladesh coast tomorrow.

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High Temperature Days: Barring miracle, record of 76yrs breaks today

At least 23 days of this month were heatwave days, which equals the record set in 2019 for the entire year.

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An April way hotter than 30-year average

Over the last seven days, temperatures in the capital and other heatwave-affected places have been consistently four to five degrees Celsius higher than the corresponding seven days in the last 30 years, according to Met department data.

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Heatwaves in April getting longer

Mild to moderate heatwaves in the month of April have gotten longer over the years, according to preliminary data of a research.

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Salinity seeping into northern groundwater

The salinity of the groundwater surrounding fish farms in the northern region has been on the rise as fish farmers have been using large quantities of salt in their ponds, a survey finds.

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Wildlife Trafficking: Bangladesh remains a transit hotspot

Patagonian Mara, a somewhat rabbit-like animal, is found in open and semi-open habitats in Argentina, including in large parts of Patagonia. This herbivorous mammal, which also looks like deer, is never known to be found in this part of the subcontinent.

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November 25, 2023
November 25, 2023

Early Aman Season: High costs, low prices worry northern farmers

As farmers start harvesting and threshing early varieties of Aman paddy in the northern districts, the fear looms that their profit could be negligible due to higher production costs than last year.

November 11, 2023
November 11, 2023

Safari park at Lathitila forest for whom?

Defying repeated calls by the nature-concerned people, the government has passed a project to build a Safari Park in Lathitila reserved forest raising the prospect of destroying one of our last remaining evergreen forests

October 19, 2023
October 19, 2023

Heatwave In Bangladesh: Older people bear the brunt

Around 1,430 people, aged 65 and up, have died between 2017 and 2021 from heat-related causes, which have accelerated due to climate change, said a study revealed yesterday.

September 24, 2023
September 24, 2023

World Rivers Day: 77 rivers in grip of greedy sand traders

Defying the law, locally influential people are illegally extracting sand from many sites of different rivers and seashores across the country, affecting biodiversity and upsetting ecosystems in the country’s waters.

August 12, 2023
August 12, 2023

Erosion taking toll on millions

Standing near the eroded edge of the mythical river in Matikata village of Tangail, 90-year-old Hashem Ali Munshi says the bank of the Jamuna is as shifting as ever. His vacant eyes belie the irrevocable damage the river has done to him.

June 6, 2023
June 6, 2023

Ban on single-use plastic: No visible step to enforce HC order

Three and a half years into the High Court order to ban single-use plastic products in the coastal districts, there has been no visible progress towards implementation.

June 2, 2023
June 2, 2023

‘Subsidy benefits don’t reach us’

The government has spent more than Tk 28,000 crore as farm subsidies in the last two fiscal years. However, marginal farmers claim that they get very little benefits out of that.

March 15, 2023
March 15, 2023

Fair share? Teesta to get even drier in Bangladesh

West Bengal moves to divert more water from the river

March 14, 2023
March 14, 2023

River pollution: It’s now all over the country

According to a new study, at least 56 rivers flowing through different parts of the country are suffering from extreme pollution during the lean period -- when natural flows of rivers are at their lowest

February 11, 2023
February 11, 2023

A good initiative falls short of goal

A Tk 3,020 crore government project to popularise cultivation on big plots of land with the help of modern agricultural tools has seen little success in the last two years.

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