Farmers struggle to break into booming carbon-credit market

Farmers struggle to break into booming carbon-credit market

When Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) made a massive purchase of carbon credits in January, it turned to a relatively new source: farmers who plant crops meant to trap carbon in the soil. The credits are financial instruments generated by projects that reduce or avoid the release of greenhouse gases, such as solar farms or tree-plantings. The […]

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 […]

US imposes new Myanmar sanctions on 2 state-owned businesses

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Protesters holding flags and a poster calling for the release of detained Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration against the military coup in Launglone township in Myanmar’s Dawei district on April 5, 2021 AFP The US imposed sanctions on Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE) and Myanmar Pearl Enterprise (MPE), adding that the […]

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 […]

China, US agree on need for stronger climate commitments

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File photo: Chinese and US. flags flutter outside the building of an American company in Beijing, China January 21, 2021 Reuters Biden will hold a virtual summit for dozens of world leaders this week to discuss climate change China and the United States agree that stronger pledges to fight climate change should be introduced before […]

Economists emphasise agro-based infrastructure

Economists emphasise agro-based infrastructure

Three of the country’s leading economists urged to put emphasis on agro-based industrialization in the wake of the global economic downturn and coronavirus epidemic. They made the call while participating in a web seminar titled ‘Industrialization: In Search of a Decent Bangladesh’ organized by the Bangladesh Economic Association on Saturday afternoon. The economists participating in […]

US, Japan show united front on China in Biden’s first summit

US, Japan show united front on China in Biden’s first summit

The United States and Japan vowed Friday to stand firm together against an assertive China and to step up cooperation on climate change and next-generation technology as President Joe Biden made his first summit a show of alliance unity. Waiting nearly three months for his first foreign guest due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Biden told […]

Russia to expel 10 US diplomats in response to Washington

Russia to expel 10 US diplomats in response to Washington

Russia on Friday responded in kind to a barrage of new U.S. sanctions, saying it would expel 10 U.S. diplomats and take other retaliatory moves in a tense showdown with Washington. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also said Moscow will add eight U.S. officials to its sanctions list and move to restrict and stop the […]

Biden: For US and Russia, now is the time to deescalate

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File Photo: US President Joe Biden (L) speaking at White House in Washington, DC on March 15, 2021, and Russian President Vladimir Putin speakins at a press conference in Moscow on March 5, 2020 AFP The US president says with direct communication between him and Vladimir Putin, they could establish a more effective relationship US […]

Quinoa: Cultivating the ‘mother of all grains’

Quinoa: Cultivating the 'mother of all grains'

One of the world’s most popular health foods that has its roots in South America, quinoa is now being grown in Bangladesh for the domestic market. High in protein, dietary fiber and amino acids, quinoa is often referred to as the mother of all grains. It is basically a herbaceous annual plant grown as a crop primarily […]