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Climate impact changes seasonal patterns

FE REPORT | July 10, 2024 00:00:00

Climate change impact is seriously affecting seasonal patterns, hampering crops production in Bangladesh, which is creating scope for a slump in food output like other countries, according to an expert.

Keeping this in view, the country should focus on mitigation, adaptation, resilience building, and financing to address climate change impact, said Dr Ainun Nishat, a noted climate-change specialist.

"Increased heat due to climate change seriously disrupts phenology, the science behind blooming of flowers and fruiting of plants," he said.

He came up with the remarks while delivering a public lecture on 'Adverse Effects of Climate Change: Implications for Bangladesh' at the United International University (UIU) on Tuesday.

The UIU School of Business and Economics organised the lecture as part of its 'The Bangladesh Corpus: Public Lecture Series 2024'.

Professor ATM Nurul Amin, Professor Emeritus, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, was the guest of honour.

A Professor Emeritus of BRAC University, Dr Ainun Nishat also said 193 sovereign countries and other entities have consent to address the climate change issue.

"The whole world is worried about the adverse impact of climate change," he said, adding that there are two aspects of climate change, one is science and another is political.

He underscored the need for creating awareness among all, especially the young generation.

"Now the world is committed to limit the temperature not to increase more than 2.0 degrees Celsius by 2050," he said, adding that the endeavour might need another decade.

With further increase of temperature, sunlight, wind everything affect the crop production and fruition process, he said.

Due to climate change, Bangladesh witnesses no rainfall during the rainy season while it rains unexpectedly in other seasons.

"This is how our farming people are left in serious uncertainty leading to slump in food production," he said, adding that even fish farming is affected.

Underscoring the need for further local action to address the impact, he mentioned eight points, including mitigation, adaptation, financing, resilience capacity building and technology transfer.

ATM Nurul Amin said conducting economic activities and addressing climate change impact is not a contradictory one.

All economic activities should focus on the environment related implications, he said.

"We might be losing the opportunity to grow fish using our sweet water. However, we are losing these since there is water pollution," he said.

Highlighting on Bangladesh's vulnerable geographical location, he said the level of salinity is rising in Bangladesh, an agriculture dependent one.

UIU Vice-Chancellor Dr Abul Kashem Mia, Dean of School of Business Mohammad Musa, faculties and students were present during the lecture.

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