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  • Bangladeshi fishers cannot find Hilsa in peak season0

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    • September 4, 2020

    TheThirdpole.net Perpetually indebted, and hit by recurrent fishing bans, millions of fishers are in danger of slipping below starvation level Seeking the elusive Hilsa at the mouth of the Meghna near Tajumuddin in Bhola district, Bangladesh [Image by: Rafiqul Islam Montu] Rafiqul Islam Montu, September 3, 2020   “Half the season is gone. Where are

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  • Karachi a victim of poor planning, bad governance – and floods0

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    • September 2, 2020

    Unchecked encroachments, the apathy of authorities and erratic weather in Karachi have wreaked havoc upon citizens – a reality shared by many big cities in South Asia A flooded Karachi neighbourhood on August 27, 2020 [Image by: Alamy] Zofeen Ebrahim, August 31, 2020   It does not always rain in Karachi during the monsoon. When

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  • How altitude will decide Himalayan communities’ survival0

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    • September 1, 2020

    Three new studies show that people in the middle ranges of the Indian Himalayas are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change Terraced apple orchards in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. Climate change means fruit is appearing earlier in the year [image by: travelib india/Alamy Stock Photo] TV Padma, August 31, 2020   Altitude and

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  • Bangladesh floods displace most vulnerable along the Padma0

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    • September 1, 2020

    A third of Bangladesh has been flooded in this year’s monsoon, with those living on the sandbanks of the Padma left with nowhere to go A family in Madaripur district lead their livestock as they leave their flooded home Ajoy Kundu, August 14, 2020 Editor’s note: This is the last story in a three-part series

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  • Bangladesh may ditch 90% of its planned coal power0

    A huge shake-up of the Bangladeshi energy sector may be afoot, but the government must be clearer about its plans The Summit Gazipur coal power plant outside Dhaka in Bangladesh [image by: Alamy] Tom Baxter, July 31, 2020   Bangladesh’s minister of power, energy and mineral resources, Nasrul Hamid, surprised energy watchers recently when he

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  • Air pollution robs people of over five years of life in South Asia0

    The Third Pole In parts of northern India, including Delhi, life expectancy shrivels by over nine years from breathing filthy air, a situation that can be reversed only through drastic policy changes and action Air pollution has shortened lives by 9.4 years over the past 20 years in Delhi, India [image by: Alamy] Soumya Sarkar,

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  • Kashmir- Video: The human costs of the Baglihar dam0

    The Third Pole  The Baglihar dam in Jammu and Kashmir bears testimony to the enormous human costs associated with hydroelectricity projects The mosque is one of the few structures in Pul Doda whose top portion can still be seen after water covered the town [image by: Raqib Naik] Raqib Hameed Naik, July 24, 2020 Pul

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  • Pakistan turns locust threat into chicken feed0

    Pakistani scientists have successfully tried a simple solution to turn the pests into protein and income amid the worst swarms for decades Desert locusts attack crops near Okara district, Pakistan. (Photo: Pacific Press Agency/Alamy) Rina Saeed Khan, May 28, 2020 As the biggest locust swarms for more than 25 years threaten India and Pakistan’s breadbasket

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  • Lines on water cannot save Bay of Bengal fisheries0

    Countries along the Bay of Bengal have finalised their EEZs, but in the absence of active cooperation, fishers continue to be jailed in other countries while overfishing continues Fishing in Bangladesh’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the Bay of Bengal [image by: Mohammad Arju] Mohammad Arju, May 15, 2020 Bangladesh, India, and Myanmar have agreed

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  • SAARC faces the pandemic; together?0

    The outbreak shines a spotlight on the dysfunctional state of cooperation in South Asia, but also provides an opportunity to fix the situation Zofeen T. Ebrahim spoke to Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, a member of the Pakistani Prime Minister’s health task force Zulfiqar A. Bhutta April 13, 2020 More than two months after the World Health

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  • ‘Are we animals?’: Migrants bear brunt of South Asia’s lockdown0

    Migrant workers in India, Pakistan and Nepal are crushed by poverty as earnings come to an abrupt halt in the lockdown forced by the Covid-19 pandemic (नेपाली) सीमित रोजगारीका अवसरहरूका कारण दक्षिण एसियाभर लाखौँ मानिसहरू यस्ता काम गर्न बाध्य छन् जसमा आफ्नो श्रम बाहेक बेच्ने कुरा अरू केही हुँदैन । (फोटोः सुचिता दास, फ्रिडम हाउस,

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  • India: Women are easy targets in citizenship documentation campaign0

    Poor women are being held in Assam’s detention camps because the authorities have rejected the documents they showed to prove Indian citizenship – this also has an adverse impact on sustainable management of rivers and on regional cooperation Vidya Krishnan, March 5, 2020 In 2013 India began a formal process of updating its National Register

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  • Bangladesh to declare water emergency in northwest0

    Authorities hope to force farmers to shift away from growing water guzzling rice in a race to save depleting water tables Farmer drying rice in Rajshahi division, Bangladesh (Keren Su/China Span/Alamy) Abu Siddique, March 10, 2020    www.thethirdpole.net The Bangladesh government is about to declare a “state of water emergency” in the drought prone Barind

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  • Himalayan hydro developers wilfully ignore climate risks0

    Despite growing climate threats, politicians and developers are ignoring geological and environmental risks in a rush to make short-term profits Lower Subansiri dam construction site Beth Walker, March 4, 2019 With growing warnings of the cascading impacts of climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalayas, the region’s hydropower sector ought to take note. Melting snow

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