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19 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 19 April, 2019 02:17:19 AM
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Combating climate change problems

Experts at a function arranged to launch the report titled ‘Third National Communication of Bangladesh to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’ at CIRDAP auditorium in the city on Wednesday observed that the rainfall patterns are changing in Bangladesh due to climate change which is affecting the country’s agriculture as well as livelihood of people. It is worrying to note that the changes in the rainfall patterns are adversely affecting the country’s many sectors, including agriculture and fisheries and the livelihood of people because they are not ready to cope with the changes.

Climate change is a global reality and its adverse impact is being felt throughout the world, including Bangladesh. Bangladesh is one of most vulnerable countries in the world regarding adverse impacts of climate change although it has very little contribution to global warming.   Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world that Bangladesh can take pride in, has been threatened due to natural and man-made factors. Cyclonic storms like Sidr and Aila caused large-scale destructions a few years back. The people living in coastal areas bore the brunt of those.  

The government will have to be prepared to face the adverse impact of climate change. Attempts should be made so that industrial pollution does not cross the limit. There is no alternative to going for green industrialization to minimize the adverse impact of climate change. Use of solar energy and hydroelectric power can greatly help achieve this goal. Substantial funds are needed for implementing various projects like construction of sea walls, reconstruction of the collapsed coastal embankments, sowing of water-resistant seeds and rehabilitation of climate refugees.

The developed countries may support the activities taken by the vulnerable countries to address the negative impact of climate change. Bangladesh is a signatory to various global protocols and conventions. Bangladesh has made some meaningful efforts to minimize the adverse impact of climate change. But there is no room for expressing complacency. Much more should be done. Apart from government initiatives, all stakeholders, including environmentalists, conscious people and NGOs should put in their utmost efforts to minimize the adverse impacts of climate change. Creation of awareness is also needed.  

 

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