Month: September 2014

National Earth Olympiad Begins

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National Earth Olympiad (NEO) begins in the country. Now this is third season which covers 11 districts of the country with over 3000 expected participants.  Any student who is studying in 8 through 12 grades is eligible to participate in this countrywide competition. Through this accurate search for the most talented youngsters of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Youth Environmental Initiative (BYEI) will find the delegate team of Bangladesh for the 8th International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) to be held in Magdalena Palace in Spain.

The Olympiad takes place in two rounds which are the divisional rounds and the National round. The toppers from the divisional rounds are put through a day long training session and then requested to the national round to be held in Dhaka. The champions of the national round are trained and sophisticated to constitute the Bangladesh delegate team for IESO’14.

A day long training camp with the top scorers of each division takes place in divisional rounds. The toppers are trained on climate change, sustainability and development, career in the environmental field, public speaking and effective communication, team building and leadership.

The top scorers from this round would be acknowledged with awards and certificates. However, they would be trained by the Department of Geology and Environment Science, University of Dhaka. Incidentally, the Olympiad organizes by Bangladesh Youth Environmental Initiative (BYEI) with the collaboration of Geology and Environment Science department of Dhaka University.

The National Earth Olympiad (NEO) intends to create consciousness about interconnected environmental issues among the younger generation and to nurture the talents of young students of high schools in the country for environmental leadership.

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People Face Water Crisis in this Summer in Khulna

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Shortage of drinking water is turning into a major problem in summer because of there are no deep tube wells in groundwater level in Khulna. People in Khulna city and five upazilas’ of the Khulna district face serious water crisis in this summer.

Officials of Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) claim that around at least 2.5 million people of Khulna city and Dighalia, Dumuria, Rupsha and Batiaghata upazilas’ became sufferer.

Officials of DPHE said to Bd Environment that groundwater level declined by 21 feet on an average in the five upazilas in economic year 2012-2013 while it declined by 26 feet in 2011. For this reason, people in numerous areas of these upazilas’ are need to depend on undrinkable pond water.
Contacted with some water experts, they said to BD Environment that “scanty rainfall, poor navigability and extreme use of underground water were the main reasons behind the fall.

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Rivers in Bangladesh ‘Comatose’

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The locality and government are neglected to be responsible for the relentless degradation. As source of livelihood, communication, and heart of people in Dhaka had been determined to the Buriganga River but now it’s a major source of running the capital. This happens due to pollution and building illegal property by robbering.

Along with Buriganga, Turag, Shitalakkhya, Balu and Bangshi  is being a death trap for increasing pollution and also indiscriminate sand lifting. The minimal level of dissolved oxygen (DO) required for life to survive in these rivers do not have.

Researchers of The Department of Environment (DoE) had been an alarming message on levels of DO in these rivers after three months research. They have analysis on various samples of chemical whose were collected from these rivers  and the levels of DO in Buriganga, Turag and Bangshi were 0.38, 0.59 and 0.0 milligram per liter gradually.

According to the Environment Protection Act (Amendment) 2010, the minimum required level DO is 5 mg/l for any water body to sustain aquatic species including fishes and others is. The minimal standard rate for water being eligible for treatment as drinking water is 6 mg/l.

Contacted with Environment Erpert Dr Ahsan Uddin Ahmed over phone, he said to Bd Environment that “such a DO merge amount in water poses severe a great threats to biodiversity and hydro-ecology”. “Random dumping of waste has put the rivers in and around the city in a blackout”.

Professor Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) said that government ought to shift the tannery diligence from the Hazaribagh, Dhaka. The chemical waste from the tanneries is a major polluter of these rivers. It’s important that The DoE research had been found that the level of DO at the Hazaribagh area of Buriganga River was 1.06, 0.50 and 1.0 mg/l in January, February and March gradually. And the Bio-Chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) is also very high in these waters.