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Catastrophe looms due to climate change: Experts

Published : Sunday, 19 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 101

Climate scientists and environmental experts on Saturday expressed concern that due to climate change, countrys crop production could decrease by 50 per cent by 2050.

They also fear that new diseases may breakout as a result. They made the remarks at a national seminar jointly hosted by Zoom Bangladesh Youth Foundation, Ocean Network Express and South Asian Climate Journalists Forum at National Press Club. "Actions Needed to Combat Climate Change and Heatwave" was the theme of the seminar.

Water expert Prof Dr Ainun Nishat presented in his keynote paper, said "Due to human exploitation of the environment without adhering to regulations, nature is retaliating with heat and cold waves. In coming days, these could spell more dangerous disasters."

Architect and urban planner Iqbal Habib said, "In the capital, some 33,000 encroachers hampered lives of over two crore people. They have encroached over 70 per cent of the citys ponds, rivers and water bodies by constructing multi-story buildings. This turned the capital into one of the most polluted cities in the world."

Environmental and climate expert Dr Ahmad Kamruzzaman Majumdar said, "With increasing pollution and toxic dust in Bangladeshs air, several lakh of people are falling ill every year. Without comprehensive planning to combat this pollution, thousands of people would die annually."

Keramat Ullah Biplob, Convener of the South Asian Climate Change Journalists Forum, said, "Due to climate change, over 30 per cent of Bangladeshs coastal land has already been affected by salinity. As a consequence at least 20 lakh people lost their livelihoods. Most of them are now climate refugees in cities. They are spending their day in extreme hardship."

President Mohammad Ruhul Amin of Zoom Bangladesh Youth Foundation, Chief Adviser Engineer Khaled Hossain and Founder and CEO of the Foundation Mohammad Shahin, attended the seminar.

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