In charts: Comparing productivity in Bangladesh with the rest of South Asia

In charts: Comparing productivity in Bangladesh with the rest of South Asia

Over time and across countries, differences in living standards ultimately come down to the differences in productivity. Productivity growth in developing countries, in turn, reflect two processes: structural changes in the economy and adoption of new technologies and better practices from more advanced economies (the so-called “catch up” growth). Bangladesh has been experiencing both processes […]

Pandemic lockdowns cut pollution, slowing snowmelt in South Asia

People walk on the Rajpath on a smoggy day in New Delhi, India, November 1, 2019. REUTERS 

The lockdowns cut emissions of soot and other pollutants, as people drove less and the generation of electricity, largely from coal, was reduced. That meant less soot was deposited on snow, where it absorbs sunlight, emits heat and causes faster melting. The cleaner snow in 2020 reflected more sunlight and did not melt as fast, […]

Despite tensions, US and China agree to work together on climate change

US climate envoy John Kerry listens as climate adviser Gina McCarthy speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, US, Jan 27, 2021. REUTERS

The agreement, which included few specific commitments, was announced Saturday night, Washington time, after President Joe Biden’s climate envoy, John Kerry, visited China for three days of talks in which the negotiators managed not to be sidetracked by those disputes. “It’s very important for us to try to keep those other things away, because climate […]

Bangladesh’s floating gardens offer a solution to rising sea levels | Living

Bangladesh’s floating gardens offer a solution to rising sea levels | Living

Bangladesh’s farmers were developing creative planting solutions long before climate change was on most people’s radar. The country’s wild monsoon seasons deemed it a necessity. In the event of excess rain, parts of the country become vulnerable and thousands are forced to migrate. Experts predict that by 2050 about 20 per cent of the available […]

Climate change set to drive more deadly heat in South Asia

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An Indian boy wears an umbrella hat as he is carried by a man riding a bike on a hot day in Chennai on June 12, 2019 AFP The threat could be halved if the world meets the goal set under Paris agreement to limit warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial times Deadly heatwaves in South […]

Pentagon chief sees Asia ties as deterrent against China

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File Photo: The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) leading a formation of US and Republic of Singapore navy ships during a photo exercise, in the South China Sea on April 6, 2018 AFP The Biden administration has generally backed the tougher approach to China initiated by former president Donald Trump US Defence Secretary […]

Regenerative Agriculture Gains Traction in Southeast Asia

Heliae Agriculture, Rizobacter Collaborate to Deliver Soil and Crop Nutrition Technologies

In Thailand, very few farms incorporate organic or regenerative agriculture practices, so the use of chemicals remains the norm, writes Amy Brown at TriplePundit. To remedy that situation, Harmless Harvest, a maker of coconut-based products, decided to join forces with partners to launch the Regenerative Coconuts Agriculture Project (ReCAP). The organizations say this is the first of its kind […]

Punjab farmers caught between two fences at India-Pakistan border

Punjab farmers caught between two fences at India-Pakistan border

Tarn Taran, India – Raghbir Singh Bhangala often stands looking at his fields beyond the barbed-wire fence that marks the border between India and Pakistan. He stands on five acres of his own farmland in the Tarn Taran district of India’s Punjab state, while the remaining eight acres is on the other side of the […]