Brazil, besieged by COVID, now faces a severe drought

An aerial photo of a fire in the Amazon rainforest in the Brazilian state of Para, Aug 13, 2020. One biologist said this year’s fire season coinciding with dry landscapes and a rise in deforestation could be “a perfect storm” situation. The New York Times

As Brazil approaches 500,000 deaths from COVID-19, a worsening drought is imperiling the country’s ability to jump-start its beleaguered economy and may set the stage for another intensely destructive fire season in the Amazon rainforest. Several states in the country are facing the worst drought in at least 90 years. The crisis has led to […]

Brazil on drought alert, faces worst dry spell in 91 years

Development in Bangladesh: A most pleasant surprise

Brazil’s government agencies warned of droughts this week as the country faces its worst dry spell in 91 years, increasing fears of energy rationing, hitting hydroelectric power generation and agriculture while raising the risk of Amazon fires. Late on Thursday, the Electricity Sector Monitoring Committee (CMSE), which is linked to Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry, […]

As ‘heat shocks’ ruin rice crops, Bangladesh faces hunger risk

As 'heat shocks' ruin rice crops, Bangladesh faces hunger risk

Heat stress – caused by high temperatures, low rainfall and low humidity – disrupted rice growth this spring, with climate experts warning of a threat to food supplies * Heat stress is a mix of high temperatures and low moisture * Temperatures reached 36C, compared to an April average of 33C * Bangladeshi farmers suffered […]

As rising ‘heat shocks’ ruin rice crops, Bangladesh faces hunger risk

Pakistan pins big hopes on small dams to help farmers beat drought

KISHOREGANJ DISTRICT, Bangladesh (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Standing in his paddy field in northeast Bangladesh, Shafiqul Islam Talukder holds a handful of empty stalks – all chaff, with no rice grains. Two days of sudden, intensely hot air that swept across the country in April disrupted the rice’s growth, destroying the crop his family was […]

It’s crunch time, and Biden’s climate gambit faces steep hurdles

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks before a ceasefire agreed by Israel and Hamas was to go into effect, during a brief appearance in the Cross Hall at the White House in Washington, US, May 20, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The central tool of Biden’s plan, known as a clean electricity standard, would require power companies to gradually ratchet up the amount of electricity they generate from wind, solar and other sources until they’re no longer emitting carbon dioxide. On paper, it seems a no-brainer. Some version of it has been approved by 29 states […]

US is under pressure to release vaccine supplies as India faces deadly surge

A health care worker assists a patient with COVID-19 at a hospital in Delhi, India, April 23, 2021. India’s coronavirus second wave is rapidly sliding into a devastating crisis, with hospitals unbearably full, oxygen supplies running low, desperate people dying in line waiting to see doctors — and mounting evidence that the actual death toll is far higher than officially reported. (Atul Loke/The New York Times)

Funeral pyres have lit up the night sky in the worst affected cities, and the country has set a global record of 350,000 new infections a day, which experts say could be a vast undercount. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in response to questions about the export ban that “the United States first and […]

Pineapple farming brings happiness on Narsingdi farmers’ faces

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A large number of farmers across three villages have been involved in farming the Honey Queen variety pineapple Farming of Honey Queen pineapple is gaining ground and makes many farmers of Palash upazila in the district happy as it brings a substantial amount of money to them. A large number of farmers mainly in three […]

World faces a looming crisis compounded by vaccine inequities

In a world that has always favoured the rich over the poor—both within a country and across nations—the Covid-19 pandemic will worsen this maldistribution further unless actions are taken soon to rectify it. The richer countries have already garnered more than their fair share of vaccines, and are somewhat busy taking care of their own […]