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Climate crisis: Bangladesh is paying the price of global politics

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Climate change is now an existential crisis for the country. Water, salinity, climate and rivers should be given more importance in sustainable development. Minister of Forest, Environment and Climate Change Saber Hossain Chowdhury said this at the 9th World Water Conference in the capital on Wednesday. According to experts, the climate crisis is now part of global politics. Third world countries like Bangladesh are multiplying the cost.

War has also exacerbated the climate change crisis. During the Israel-Hamas war, 281,000 metric tons of carbon were released in 60 days. And the US military released 4.8 million metric tons of carbon in 2022. Developing countries including Bangladesh are affected by this terrible game of developed countries. These data emerged in the ninth water conference.

International relations experts say 55 countries need $525 billion in climate compensation. But only 800 million have been found. It is now a political issue. The solution of which is a big challenge.

International relations expert Imtiaz Ahmed said, ‘The kind of engagement we see in the world about climate change is not enough. Millions of countries are not keeping the commitment around it. Instead of waiting for a global budget to tackle the climate crisis, we should invest in our own innovation power.’

Climate Affairs Minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury said that water and rivers should be given more importance for sustainable development of the country. He also said that the government is working for this.

Saber Hossain Chowdhury said, ‘The allocation that comes from the COP-20 is not enough, so in the current budget of the government, 35 thousand crores have been allocated this time. Still there remains a shortfall of $4 to $5 million in this sector every year. According to the demand of NAP, it takes 8.5 billion dollars every year. Of this, the government is giving 3.5 million dollars. Within the next few months, Bangladesh will get more support in new development cooperation, new partnership.

Environment Minister urged to ensure financial assistance to those affected due to climate change.


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