Vegetation dynamics in the Bangladesh Sundarbans mangroves: a review of forest inventories

The Sundarbans, the largest contiguous mangrove forest in the world, covers 6,017 km2 of the coastal zone of Bangladesh. Heritiera fomes Buch.-Ham., Excoecaria agallocha L. and Ceriops decandra (Griff.) Ding Hou jointly cover 95% of the forest area. In this study, the results of four forest inventories have been analyzed to understand observed vegetation dynamics.. Read More

Geochemical study of arsenic concentrations in groundwater of the Meghna River Delta, Bangladesh

The geochemistry of groundwaters from the Meghna River Delta of Bangladesh was studied to determine the distribution of arsenic, and to evaluate the potential mobility of As from the host sediments to the groundwater. Groundwaters from tube wells are characterized by pH of 6.5 to 7.5, oxidation reduction potential (ORP) of + 52 to −.. Read More


How can development agencies help with adaptation to climate change?

Climate change threatens to undo any progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, with the world’s poorest people suffering the most from its impacts. Development agencies already advocate for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, but they must also adopt a new role, focusing on helping people to adapt to climate change. Adaptation is the ability to.. Read More

Rotavirus infections and climate variability in Dhaka, Bangladesh: a time-series analysis

Attempts to explain the clear seasonality of rotavirus infections have been made by relating disease incidence to climate factors; however, few studies have disentangled the effects of weather from other factors that might cause seasonality. We investigated the relationships between hospital visits for rotavirus diarrhoea and temperature, humidity and river level, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, using.. Read More

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Climate change impact and disaster vulnerabilities in the coastal areas of Bangladesh

Focusing on the coastal areas of Bangladesh, this report analyses the impact of disasters with specific reference to the effects of climate change. It also looks at the nature of the disasters that frequently occur and discusses efforts to mitigate their impact. The coastal areas of Bangladesh are different from rest of the country because.. Read More

Association between climate variability and hospital visits for non-cholera diarrhoea in Bangladesh: effects and vulnerable groups

BACKGROUND: We estimated the effects of rainfall and temperature on the number of non-cholera diarrhoea cases and identified population factors potentially affecting vulnerability to the effect of the climate factors in Dhaka, Bangladesh. METHODS: Weekly rainfall, temperature and number of hospital visits for non-cholera diarrhoea were analysed by time-series regression. A Poisson regression model was.. Read More

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Building people’s agenda on ODA accountability: Bangladesh perspective – drowning with debt or development

Considering various economic criteria, Official Development Assistance (ODA) trend, Millenium Development Goals (MDG) progress and country’s socio-political scenario, this paper argues that Bangladesh has the right to more ODA. The authors argue for debt cancellation and more ODA for Bangladesh, based on the rationale of the country’s huge economic loss due to climate change. Bangladesh’s.. Read More

Adapting to Climate Change in Urban Areas

This paper discusses the possibilities and constraints for adaptation to climate change in urban areas in low- and middle-income nations. These contain a third of the world’s population and a large proportion of the people and economic activities most at risk from sea-level rise and from the heatwaves, storms and floods whose frequency and/or intensity.. Read More

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Disease outbreaks in wake of Southeast Asia floods

More than 2000 people have reportedly died and 19 million have been displaced by monsoon floods in regions of India, Nepal and Bangladesh, where outbreaks of diarrhea and other waterborne diseases are now emerging. The stagnant waters are also a lethal breeding ground for vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. The WHO Southeast.. Read More

Adapting to climate change – how do poor people cope?

Climate change will increase the gaps between developed and developing countries, in terms of wealth, health and food security. This will make achieving goals to reduce poverty more difficult. Poor people with few assets cannot easily recover from climate disasters or change how they make their living. They rely heavily on agriculture, fisheries, rivers and.. Read More