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  • World must prevent runaway climate change by 2020: UN chief

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warns that the world is facing “a direct existential threat” and must rapidly shift from dependence on fossil fuels by 2020 to prevent “runaway climate change.”

  • Digital Bangladesh - Right to information and climate finance

    Unfortunately, so far, our performance on both transparency as well as accountability has not been very good. Fortunately, there is still time to improve this before the major climate change funds begin to flow.

  • Bangladesh moves up the climate change knowledge ladder

    The climate change research community in Bangladesh, which consists of several dozen organisations, including public and private universities...


    The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21, held in Paris from 30 November to 12 December 2015, was the biggest event of its kind.

  • Big lessons from a small country

    The mountain kingdom of Bhutan may not seem an obvious place to look for lessons on addressing climate change. But on a recent visit there...

  • Mushrooms fight climate change

    The Paris Summit on climate change has ended with rich nations and developing countries clashing over who will pay for what.

  • Can't we do at least this much?

    The threat facing us all is very real, even if it is not as apparent to all of us as it is to the inhabitants of the small island states. There is a role for everyone in confronting it. The Paris conference must be a watershed moment, leading us into an era of green economic development and opportunity.


    However, what is still to be agreed upon is how the $50 billion for adaptation is to be delivered with the GCF being unable to deliver any money yet, and in an even more troubling move, are offering loans instead of grants to vulnerable developing countries for adaptation projects.

  • Who will suffer most from climate change?

    A few years ago, Melinda and I visited with a group of rice farmers in Bihar, India, one of the most flood-prone regions of the country.

  • Climate Agreement in December: A Miracle in Paris?

    Financing of the efforts to mitigate the climate-change effects and provide resources to the affected countries is an important element of the next international agreement. Progress on commitment of resources to fund climate projects has been, as expected, sluggish.

  • Agenda for adaptation solutions

    The Government of France is going to host the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris from November 30 to December 11, where it is expected that a new climate change agreement will be signed.


    Over the last decade, Bangladesh has spent over half-a-billion US dollars on hundreds of projects to tackle climate change.

  • Looming conflicts over water

    The inability to access water due to deniability by another nation could potentially lead to conflict. Regional cooperation can lead to better planning and coming to terms on a pricing mechanism on water must become a priority issue for policymakers of countries in our region.

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    Thunder Clouds in the Horizon?

    The global climate change is expected to have possible devastating effects on lives, livelihood and economy in most countries.