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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February 9, 2023
February 9, 2023

9.4m displaced in seven years

At least 1,053 people were killed and 9.4 million more displaced internally in different climate-related disasters in 58 districts in seven years from 2014, says a recent study.

January 31, 2023
January 31, 2023

Blogging in Bangladesh: Caught between a rock and a hard place

"On one hand, there was a fear of being the target of machete attacks while there were laws like the ICT Act. We were sandwiched in between. "

January 1, 2023
January 1, 2023

Farmers come to our rescue, yet again

When Abdul Haque woke up at dawn yesterday, not even the bone-chilling cold or the fog could stop him from getting out onto the field.

December 1, 2022
December 1, 2022

Choking the lifeblood of democracy

"The only security of all is in a free press," Thomas Jefferson, famous American statesman and the country’s third president once said.

October 22, 2022
October 22, 2022

Free speech the collateral damage of Covid in Bangladesh

When Covid-19 began to spread at an exponential rate across countries in January 2020, ministers and government officials in Bangladesh assured people that "adequate measures" were taken to prevent coronavirus from entering the country.

October 16, 2022
October 16, 2022

Inflation, war eating away food gains

Bangladesh made gains in food production and ensured the availability of rice in recent years. But surging inflation, erratic weather, and the Russia-Ukraine war affected the availability of cereals and reduced low-income people’s access to food this year.

September 25, 2022
September 25, 2022

World Rivers Day: Factories killing water bodies in Tongi

Only two decades ago, people bathed in the Hyderabad canal in Tongi, Gazipur.

September 17, 2022
September 17, 2022

All, except farmers, profit from paddy farming

Paddy farmers in the northern districts have struggled to turn a profit for the past five years, as production costs have risen significantly but rice prices have not increased proportionally.

September 5, 2022
September 5, 2022

Teesta sorrows everflowing

When Bangladesh and India were about to ink a deal on sharing the Teesta water in 2010, people living by the river in Rangpur region dreamt of better days.

August 25, 2022
August 25, 2022

Joint Rivers Commission crippled by a lack of political will

The Joint Rivers Commission has not been much effective in resolving the issues of water sharing of transboundary rivers due to a lack of commitment from India and also for Bangladesh’s technical incapacity to be persuasive.

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