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A small settlement in Bangladesh's Sundarbans, which extends into India to make the world's greatest mangrove forest - a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Area that is home for both people and countless wildlife species. Photo: Marufish via Flickr (CC BY-S

Exim Bank of India - stop support for the Rampal Coal Power plant!

Johan Frijns / Banktrack

26th May 2016

The Rampal coal power plant in Bangladesh, near the world's greatest mangrove forest, is a deeply misconceived project that must be abandoned, writes Johan Frijns in this Open Letter to the Exim Bank of India - which is planning to finance its construction. It would severely damage the precious local environment and wildlife, while adding to global climate change and sea level rise. more...
Failed Bt Brinjal crop in Bangladesh, afflicted by the bacterial wilt to which the variety is highly prone, resulting in near total crop loss for many farmers in 2015. Photo: UBINIG.

BBC's GMO coverage 'fair and accurate'? You decide

Claire Robinson / GMWatch

14th April 2016

There's absolutely no evidence for BBC Panorama's claim of 90% success for Bt brinjal in Bangladesh, writes Claire Robinson. But that has not stopped the BBC Trust from dismissing all complaints against its monstrously dishonest report. Nor has it diminished the jubilation of GMO cheerleaders. more...
In 2014 many GM Bt brinjal plants either died out prematurely or fruited insignificantly compared to locally available varieties, bringing financial ruin to their cultivators. Photo: New Age (Bangladesh).

Bangladeshi farmers ditch GM brinjal

Farida Akhtar / GMWatch

5th February 2016

Cornell’s 'no pest' Bt brinjal project in Bangladesh appears to be going great with 200 farmers signed up, reports Farida Akhter. Only its not - hardly any of the farmers who grew the GM plants in previous years have come back for more after their crops wilted, failed to ripen, or were devastated by pests. more...
Tiger cub on the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. Photo: Arindam Bhattacharya via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA).

Coal plant threatens world's largest mangrove forest - and Bangladesh's future

Mowdud Rahman & Greig Aitken

10th December 2015

As COP21 reaches its endgame, there are plans to build 2,440 coal-fired power plants around the world, write Mowdud Rahman & Greig Aitken. Their completion would send global temperatures, and sea levels, soaring. Yet Bangladesh, the world's most 'climate vulnerable' large country, has plans for a 1.3GW coal power plant on the fringes of its World Heritage coastal wetlands. more...
Floods in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2004. 17% of the country may be permanently inundated by rising seas by 2050, displacing 18 million people. Photo: dougsyme via Flickr (CC BY).

Earthquakes, superstorms ... and other little-known perils of climate change

Matthew Blackett / Coventry University

2nd November 2015

Climate change will impact the world in many ways, writes Matthew Blackett. Some of them may be good, like more rain in African drylands and coral atolls adapting to rising seas. But most of them - like coastal flooding, long term drought, earthquakes and stronger tropical storms - will be very challenging. We must increase the resilience of the most vulnerable countries without delay. more...
Munnaf's wife Lovely Begum, showing dead Bt brinjal plants. Photo: Faisal Rahman.

GMO propaganda over facts? BBC Panorama and Bt brinjal

Claire Robinson / GMWatch

30th July 2015

A BBC documentary claimed 90% success for a controversial GM crop in Bangladesh, Bt brinjal, writes Claire Robinson. But as journalist Faisal Rahman discovered, there's no evidence to support the claim, the BBC relied on biased sources, and its journalists failed to investigate reports of widespread crop failure. Was it all an exercise in pro-GMO propaganda? more...
What BBC / Panorama didn't want you to know: This year's GM Bt brinjal plants either died out prematurely or fruited insignificantly compared to the locally available varieties, bringing finacial ruin to their cultivators. Photo: New Age (Bangladesh).

Investigation or advocacy? The BBC reveals its pro-GMO bias

Lawrence Woodward & Pat Thomas

10th June 2015

The Panorama programme on GM foods and crops last Monday was a masterpiece of spin, bluster, misrepresentation and outright deceit, write Lawrence Woodward & Pat Thomas, with the BBC's top investigatory strand hijacked to force feed the UK population with the purest of pro-GMO propaganda. more...
A dead Irrawaddy dolphin floats on the Harintana-Tembulbunia channel of the Sela River on 6th January 2015. Photo: Syed Zakir Hossain for the Dhaka Tribune.

As rivers re-open to shipping, oil threat to Bangladesh's Sundarbans forest continues

ASMG Kibria

9th January 2015

Bangladesh's Sundarbans forest, home of incredibly rich biodiversity, is under unprecedented threat, writes ASMG Kibria. The recent oil tanker capsize on the Shela river puts the forest at risk of widespread biodiversity loss, but just this week, the authorities re-opened the Shela river to shipping with no restrictions on hazardous cargoes. more...
No to Bt-Brinjal, reads a banner at a protest in New Delhi. Photo: Joe Athialy via

Bangladesh - farmers say no to GM vegetables

Mae-Wan Ho

3rd January 2014

Plans to introduce a controversial GM variety of brinjal (aubergine / eggplant) in Bangladesh are opposed by 100 civil society organisations around the world. As Mae Wan Ho reports, the issue is arousing powerful passions ... more...
How to…give your wardrobe a green-over

Ethical fashion: learning how to clean up the clothing industry

Priyanka Mogul

20th March, 2012

From cotton seeds to high street clothing racks, the Fair Wear Foundation's new film links the myriad processes in the clothing chain and shows how you can make a difference in supporting a more ethical clothing industry more...
The Ecologist meets... Safia Minney

The Ecologist meets… Safia Minney and Santo Haque

Ruth Styles

6th March, 2012

With Fairtrade Fortnight in full swing, Ruth Styles caught up with People Tree founder, Safia Minney, and Swallows director, Santo Haque, to find out why hand weaving is set to be fashion's next big scandal more...
Khushi Kabir

CAMPAIGN HERO: Khushi Kabir, empowering Bangladesh's most vulnerable

Matilda Lee

30th September, 2011

Khushi Kabir was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 for her work at Nijera Kori, which has helped organise over 175,000 landless people in Bangladesh's rural areas since 1980 more...

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Hell For Leather – investigating the leather industry in Bangladesh

Jim Wickens

1st June, 2008

Must-have handbags? shoes to die for? From cheap trinkets to luxury car interiors, Jim Wickens discovers the startling facts behind what we buy into when we buy leather goods more...
Climate change Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s climate displacement nightmare

Scott Leckie, Zeke Simperingham and Jordan Bakker

18th April,2011

While scientists and the international community endlessly debate and argue, millions of Bangladeshi citizens have already been displaced by climate change - for them the worst-case 'nightmare' climate scenario is already real more...
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Photo story: Bangladesh's climate refugees


8th February, 2011

An increase in natural disasters along Bangladesh's coastal belt is forcing communities to relocate to nearby districts and cities, many forced to live an uncertain life of poverty. more...

Sunderbans mangrove-forest livelihoods under threat from corruption and resource exploitation

Tom Levitt

11th October, 2010

A new Ecologist-produced film, to be screened at the forthcoming Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in Japan, highlights how the rights of indigenous peoples and their sustainable use of natural resources are being ignored by the Bangladesh Government more...

Shipbreaking: clampdown in Asia will send it to Africa


2nd March, 2010

Following our exclusive investigation, Ingvild Jenssen from the NGO Platform on Shipbreaking explains how tougher regulations simply relocated the shipbreaking industry, and how the public can help stop the trade more...

UK sending ships to deadly scrapyards in Bangladesh


24th February, 2010

Workers are dying in conditions described as 'hell on earth' yet the west's shipping industry continues sending ships to the country for disposal more...
Ship being demolished

How we poison Bangladesh with toxic ship carcasses

Andrew Hickman

23rd February, 2010

Workers are dying in Bangladesh’s shipyards because the west's shipping industry - including UK companies - is not taking responsibility for the disposal of ageing vessels more...

Hell for leather

Jim Wickens

1st June, 2008

Must-have handbags? shoes to die for? From cheap trinkets to luxury car interiors, Jim Wickens discovers the startling facts behind what we buy into when we buy leather goods. more...

The world's first environmental refugees

Dan McDougall

30th January, 2009

The disappearance of Lohachara beneath the waters of the Bay of Bengal created the world’s first environmental refugees. Dan McDougall reports on other islanders in the Sundarbans delta who have no escape from the rising ocean. Photography by Robin Hammond more...
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UN: Rich Must Pay for Climate Change


2nd March, 2007

Aid to countries such as Bangladesh and the Sahel region must double if rich nations want to curb global climate change the United Nations top development official has said. more...

If shirts could only speak…if we would only listen

Anita Roddick

8th July, 2004

She is our sister. That garment holds the story of her life. If we ignore it, if we do not care to understand, she suffers. And so do we. more...


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