Category: Environment

Coal vessel sinks near Sundarbans, all rescued

Timesworld desk: Yet another coal-laden vessel reportedly sank near the world’s largest mangrove forest Sundarbans this morning. There has been no report of casualty. The vessel, carrying 1,000 tonnes of coal is said to have…

World’s oldest known killer whale mourned

Timesworld desk: The world’s oldest known killer whale, affectionately known as Granny, is missing and presumed dead, researchers say. Estimated to be over 100 years old, the matriarch’s official name was J2. She was the…

California rain storm topples historic tunnel tree

Timesworld desk: An ancient giant sequoia tree, with a hollowed-out tunnel big enough for cars to drive through, was toppled over the weekend by floods following a series of powerful rain storms in central and…

Quality water for all

Timesworld desk: There is no exaggerating how crucial water is for human survival, particularly in countries like Bangladesh, which is crisscrossed by rivers. The level of water in a river here directly affects the lifestyles…

Climate change could cause ocean currents to collapse

Timesworld desk:  In the 2004 film, ‘The Day After Tomorrow’, ocean currents around the world stop as a result of global warming, leading to a catastrophic storm which wipes out major cities around the world….

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Smog engulfs northern China for fourth consecutive day

People make their way through heavy smog on an extremely polluted day with red alert issued, in Shengfang. Photo: Reuters Heavy smog engulfed large parts of northern China for a fourth straight day on Tuesday,…

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Solar power becoming cheapest way to generate electricity Environment

Solar power is becoming the cheapest way to generate electricity, according to leading analysts. Data produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) showed the cost of solar in 58 lower-income countries – including China, Brazil…

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Bangladesh children lead in early cyclone warnings

As Cyclone Roanu approached the coast of Bangladesh last May, 10-year-old Mohammad Hossain worried about his father, a fisherman out at sea in the Bay of Bengal. But the schoolboy, who lives in the Kutubdia…

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) speaks with French President Francois Hollande during a lunch at the Royal Palace during the UN Climate Change Conference 2016 (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco November 15, 2016. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

France, UN tell Trump action on climate change unstoppable

France and the United Nations have stepped up warnings to US President-elect Donald Trump about the risks of quitting a 2015 global plan to combat climate change, saying a historic shift from fossil fuels is…

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One in seven children suffer high air pollution: UNICEF

Almost one in seven children worldwide live in areas with high levels of outdoor air pollution, mostly in South Asia, and their growing bodies are most vulnerable to damage, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said…