Bangladesh's geography will naturally counter sea level rise until it becomes too rapid due to climate change

I was interviewed by the Dhaka Tribune on the impact of sea-level rise in Bangladesh. I explained that with good land-management, sediment carried to the coast by the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna rivers can raising the land as fast as the sea is rising for the near-future, but that eventually global warming may cause the sea level to rise faster than the land can adapt.

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Two US Professors meet DU VC

The Financial Express (Bangladesh) reported on the meeting between Prof. Steve Goodbred and myself, from Vanderbilt University, and the Dr. Md. Aktaruzzaman, Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University. During the meeting, we discussed academic and research collaborations between Dhaka University and Vanderbilt on climate change, riverbank erosion, access to safe drinking water, and other environmental challenges.

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Scientific and Informed Research Needed on Waterways

The Daily Samakal (Bangladesh) reported on a workshop I helped to organize in Dhaka on “River Navigation and Inland Shipping in Bangladesh: Economic Importance and Impacts of Environmental Change”. Participants included academics, government officials, representatives of the shipping industry, and members of community and political activist groups.

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Vanderbilt researchers studying Bangladesh for harbinger of climate change impact

Bangladesh uniquely interests U.S. climate change researchers for a pair of reasons: Its place on the globe makes it particularly vulnerable to devastating weather events, and it's a predominantly Muslim nation that maintains a secular, pro-Western outlook.

Vanderbilt University's Jonathan Gilligan, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, Steven Goodbred, professor of earth and environmental sciences, Brooke Ackerly, professor of political science, and their team travel there frequently though funding from the Office of Naval Research, The National Science Foundation, and other agencies, using Bangladesh as a climate change harbinger for our own coastal regions. Particularly evident is the way land use mismanagement, similar to what happens here, has affected flooding.

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National assessment overstates public access to safe drinking water in Bangladesh

Far fewer people in Bangladesh have safe water than the state government has estimated, new research shows. In addition, many people who do not have access to safe drinking water are under the mistaken impression that their water is safe, drinkable, and clean.

According to the latest national assessment, 85 percent of the people in Bangladesh have access to safe drinking water. However, the new research uncovers two major problems that the national statistics don’t reflect.

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