Saturday, October 24, 2009

Creative Solutions (including emigration) from Bangladesh: "Ground Zero for Climate Change"

Bangladesh has been dubbed the "ground zero of climate change"--home to the world's first climate change refugees. Worst hit is Bhola, a coastal island.

The Pulitzer Center is posting reporter Glenn Baker's ongoing coverage:
Bhola, a large coastal island that has reportedly lost half its land mass over the past decade, to report on the "children of climate change" whose families are battling to stay there. We have just secured an interview with Dr. Atiq Rahman, one of the world's leading climatologists, who in the past has accused the West of "climatic genocide" for its carbon emissions that are widely understood to be the leading cause of global warming.
Nicholas Haque's reports (including video) at Al Jazeera cover the plight of the 800,000 Bedeys, the River Gypsies,"a unique group of people who spend the majority of each year navigating houseboats on the country's 700 rivers, estuaries and canals."

An in-depth video report by American public television correspondent Maria Hinojosa is online at NOW:
Imagine you lived in a world of water. Your home is two-feet under. You wade through it, cook on it, and sleep above it. This is the reality for hundreds of thousands of people around the world, coastal populations on the front lines of climate change.

Only weeks before world leaders meet in Copenhagen to discuss climate change, NOW senior correspondent Maria Hinojosa travels to Bangladesh to examine some innovative solutions—from floating schools to rice that can "hold its breath" underwater—being implemented in a country where entire communities are inundated by water, battered by cyclones, and flooded from their homes.

The Denmark conference can't come soon enough. Scientists' project global seas will flood 20 percent of Bangladesh by 2030, stranding some 35 million climate refugees. Some are proposing that industrial nations who contribute to global warming should open their doors to displaced Bangladeshis.

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