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Bangladesh in Copenhagen Climate Change Conference December 30, 2009

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Bangladesh was eagerly waiting for the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference of December 6 to December 18, 2009.

Bangladesh deligates from experts to ministers attended the meeting in flocks. It is learned that 86 persons from Bangladesh attended the conference. PM Hasina also cancelled her schedule of visiting India to attend the summmit and left home on 14th December for Copenhagen. It was hoped that Bangladesh would play a leading role among the developing countries in the conference. Bangladesh has taken a fully active role in the group of LDCs for additional financing and for recognitionof its case. Bangladesh depicts as the poster child of the climate change along with Maldives and few paacific islands. Bangladesh sees its recognition as one of the most vulnerable countries as great achievment of the conference.

Bangladeshis is praised for adaptation to climate change but we are not sure how far Bangladeshis have adapted themselves to overcome the consequences of climate change.

UN reports that 17% of the low costal area will be submerged with the rise of 1 meter sea water due to the effect of global warming.

One interesting devopment is that US President Barack Obama telephoned Bangladesh PM before her joining the conference hoping Bangladesh would play a reasonable role in the conference.

PM Hasina in her speech in the conference expressed satisfaction over the deal in the Copenhagen and hope remining unsolved issues will be sort out soon.

But the Climate Conference ended with bare minimum consensus.

An ordinary citizen

Bangladesh and climate migration October 15, 2009

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The impact of climate change has started affecting Banglades. Bangladesh had already experienced devastating cyclone ‘Sidr’ and ‘Aleya’ in the last years. While Sidr has caused more deaths of human lives and damage to the corps, houses and cattles, Cyclone Aleya surged the sea water into the coastal belt and submesed huge area under saline water making the life difficult for the people living there.

Bangladesh is one of the prime victim of the climate change as it is located at the apex of the Bay of Bengal and is a low lying country. It is said that 1/3 of Bangladesh will submerge under sea water by next 50 years and 20 million people will find no soil to stand on.

What is the way out to keep the people of Bangladesh and other low lying countries survive the onslaught?

The Bangladesh Govt is pressing for compensation from the developed countries who are mainly responsible for the carbon emmission and the climate change. The billion dollars that Bangladesh is claming may not be enough to protect it’s shore from the incusion of saline water.

The only way left would be to migrate the affected people to other parts of the country or other parts of the world. Bangladesh already so densely populated that it would be impossible for itself to accomodate the displaced people in its would be shrinked territory.

World bodies should think seriously about the necessity of climate migration and formulate the policies to protect the right to live of the victims of climate change.

An ordinary citizen

Link:
Towards Recognition-Creating Awareness for Climate Migrants

Climate Ark- Climate Change and Global Warming Portal

Little hope for climate change from G8 summit July 28, 2008

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The 34th G8 summit took place in Tōyako on the northern island of Hokkaidō, Japan from July 7–9, 2008.
France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Russia and European Commission are the regular members of the G8 forum of the most industrialised countries. 16 non-G8 countries were also invited which include China, India and Brazil as wellas reprentatives of 5 international institutions including World Bank.

The issues discussed in the forum are climate change, food crisis, fuel price, achievments towards MDG, Non-proliferation, North Korea and Iran, Assistance to Africa, fight against terrorism etc.

Climate Change was notthe first issue to be discussed. But it took the centre point as the discussion progressed.After much discussion and hesitation the forum adopt the global target to reduce the greenhouse gas emission at least 50% by the year 2050.

They also agreed to implement mid-term quantitative national targets, to launch an international initiative for innovative technology development, and also to launch climate investment funds to support developing countries.

Climate Change target pronouced by G8 was not acclaimed by any. The target is vague and much below the expectiation or necessity of the hour. The bolder decision could not be taken mainly due to US position not to commit to a greater target. The base line demarcation is also not clear. It was expected that the base line should be of 1990. But the chairman of the form in a reply clarifies that it would be the current situation, a vague term which indicates either the state of 2005 or 2008.One remarks that it would be a mokery of climate change if they explain in this way.

NGOs including CAFOD, ActionAid, Christian Aid, Oxfam and Save the Children all argue that this is not credible, because there is no agreed baseline year, no agreement on when emissions will peak and begin to decline and no mid-term target on emissions reductions.
Regarding $6 billion fund which marked as ‘Climate Investment Fund’, Christian Aid points out two problems. Firstly, the fund will be housed at the World Bank, which has a track record of imposing damaging economic policies on poor countries and is backing a large portfolio of greenhouse gas emitting projects around the world. Secondly, this is not new money – the money will come out of aid budgets, at a time when aid budgets are decreasing.

Washington blocked proposals on interim emissions targets and benchmarks. Environmentalists expressed disappointment in the lack of interim targets and contended the long-term goal did little more than “restate last year’s G8 commitment.”

Developing nations refused to sign on to the G8′s long-term goal and the major emitters could agree on no strong alternative. Several nations, including China, India, Mexico, and Brazil, had an alternate proposal for developed nations to cut emissions by 25 to 40 percent by 2020, and in exchange developing nations would agree to cuts of 80 percent to 95 percent by 2050.

The G8 has a huge historical responsibility for causing climate change. Altogether, they contributed 42.5% of global CO2 emissions from energy use between 1992 and 2004 and more than 60% since 1850. Their cumulative per capita emissions since 1850 result in almost five times the world average. Whilst the G8 leaders are meeting the Arctic has surpassed all predictions for the speed and scale of arctic summer ice loss. Most sea ice scientists agree that we are either at or past the tipping point of the arctic summer sea ice and talk of an ice free summer arctic by 2013. This massive iconic change in the earth’s system increasingly signals that the future consequences for humanity and especially the world’s poor are potentially devastating.

Bangladesh needed G8 to act on climate change but the ultimate outcome is disappointing.

Dhaka Declaration: Saarc countries vow to fight climate change July 4, 2008

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Saarc ministerial meeting held at Dhaka on 3rd of this month to draw the outline to combat the impact of the climate change on this belt. They made a Dhaka Declaration that includes capacity building for Clean Development Mechanism projects, exchange of information on disaster preparedness and extreme events, exchange of meteorological data, capacity building and exchange of information on climate change impacts including sea level rise, glacial melting and threats to biodiversity, mutual consultation in international negotiation process and media briefing as and when required.[DS] (more…)

Bali climate change conference and Bangladesh December 8, 2007

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UN climate Summit started at Bali with thousands of delegates from more than hundred countries attending the summit from 3rd December 2007and will continue upto 14th instant. The objective of the summit is to cut the carbon emission by the industrialized countries and to prevent the climate change which is already affecting the developing countries most and started to affect global environment.

The Kyoto protocol targeted the reduction of carbon emission below 5% of 1990 level which will end in 2012 but major countries like USA which are mostly responsible for the green house effect didn’t sign the protocol.

The policy that is declared by Bush this time also didn’t acclaimed by the scientists and environmentalist. Rather the stand taken by the China to reduce the carbon emission appreciated by them. Though there was demand for the compensation of the affected countries from the carbon emitting countries, the demand was not considered but some sort of development fund is being created by the developed countries to lessen the damage done to the affected countries by cyclone, water surge, deforestation and draught.

Though in many countries, the people are marching on the streets to raise the awareness about the climate change and to press the demand to reduce carbon emission, in Bangladesh, one of the most affected countries of the world, people are occupied by the devastation occurred by the Hurricane Sidr, the fiercest product of the Climate change so far.

Very recently a forum in Bangladesh estimated the damage done by the Hurricane Sidr to 300m US $ and demanded compensation from the developed countries proportionate to the their contribution to the climate change.

An ordinary citizen

Links:

Key climate summit opens at Bali

Global rallies focus on climate

Marchers highlight climate fears

Risk and compensation for climate change November 25, 2007

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The incidence of hydro meteorological disasters like drought, flood and cyclone have been multiplied than the geographical ones like earthquake and tsunami, due to climate changes. Disasters in Bangladesh round the year stand as best example.

The developed countries are mainly responsible for the climate change which is producing so much havoc in nature and human lives.

The developed countries must compensate the risk they are producing and the damage they are causing to the affected countries. (more…)

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