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.