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Our Environment

   

Changing Climate

   
 

Climate change and rising global temperatures are causing glaciers in the Himalayas, the mountains north of Bangladesh, to melt at an accelerated rate. The melted ice flows into the country's rivers, adding more water where there is already too much. River erosion claims more than 100 square kilometers of land each year, sometimes swallowing entire towns, and 100,000 people become homeless annually. 10 million people and 10 percent of the primary schools were affected by floods in 2007. Experts say that by 2050, this crowded country could lose 16% of its land to floods. As many as 20 million people could be left with nowhere to live.

   
 

Our Rivers

   
 

Rivers are important to local farming, but farming methods and agricultural runoff take their toll on the health of the rivers. Most of the rivers have reached alarming levels of toxicity, aquatic ecosystems are being affected, and chemicals entering the food chain create dangers to public health. The fish production has declined due to the cropland runoff contaminants - results of using pesticides more than the needed application rates.

 

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