Friday, October 16, 2009

Hunger situation likely to worsen for climate change

Friday, October 16, 2009

Speakers at a discussion in Rajshahi on Wednesday said though hunger situation has improved in the country, it might worsen again due to climate change impacts.

The hunger situation has improved because of the overall socio-economic development, but the growth might be hampered due to increasing climatic change, they noted.

They said the impacts of recurring storms, cyclones, draught and lack of rainfall during monsoon and excessive rain in other seasons might affect the agriculture and economy and, thus, mar the food security status.

The speakers called for using appropriate technologies that promise to help reduce the impacts of climate change and foster introduction of new energy-efficient technologies and services.

Rajshahi chapter of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institute (BSTI) organised the discussion styled 'Tackling climate change through standards' on the occasion of World Standards Day at Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industries (RCCI) auditorium.

Rajshahi Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton was present at the programme as the chief guest with Sayed Ali Nasim Khaliluzzaman, Rajshahi divisional additional commissioner (general) in the chair.

Mayor Liton stressed the need for developing standards of those things that facilitate trade, spread knowledge and disseminate technological advances.

"Technical standards are now found to be a means of mitigating climate change. We have to prepare for adopting new technologies that offer us the potential to reduce the impacts of climate change."

Dr Rakib Ahmed, director of Environmental Science Institute at Rajshahi University, Dr Golam Sabbir Sattar Tapu of Geology and Mining department, Afrauzzaman Khan Chowdhury of Finance and Banking department, Board of Investment (BOI) Director Abdul Hakim, medical officer of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital Dr Monirul Haque, RCCI Director Kabirur Rahman Khan and BSTI Deputy Director Khademul Islam also spoke.

The speakers said increasing human activities and huge greenhouse gas emissions are contributing to the rise in the earth's average temperature which has a bad impact on climate change.

Dramatic climate change would have enormous developmental, economic, social and environmental stresses on the developing countries, they said, adding that 11 percent population of the country are likely to suffer as some 18 percent areas of the country would submerge over the change.

They further said some 100 crore people across the globe would turn into climate change refugees by 2050.

The speakers called on the government to strictly enforce the standards laws.

They raised allegations against a number of Rajshahi chapter BSTI officials, saying that BSTI fined a restaurant for not maintaining hygiene but the next day they ordered 250 packets of launch for a function recently.

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