bangladesh Archives - State of the Planet

deep well in india and views inside pipes

Study Zeros In on Source of Arsenic in Bengal Basin’s Deep Wells

Typically only shallow wells have arsenic problems, but in an area of India and Bangladesh, deep wells are highly contaminated. Scientists are starting to learn why.

by |November 26, 2019
Refugee camps built in the Bangladeshi hillside

Assessing Landslide Risk in Rohingya Refugee Camps

NASA and Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society partner with humanitarian organizations to provide near real-time data on land use, rainfall and elevation.

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Climate Service Initiative Begins Work on a New Continent

After a decade of development in Africa, the ENACTS initiative is expanding to Bangladesh this year.

by |June 13, 2019

Study Identifies Better, Cheaper Ways to Stem Arsenic Poisoning in Bangladesh

Some solutions are over 100 times cheaper than others, costing as little as $1 per person.

by |May 5, 2019
melody braun at a conference in bangladesh

Using Climate Information to Protect Vulnerable Populations In Bangladesh

A Q&A with Melody Braun, who brings advanced climate services to areas in crisis.

by |December 20, 2018

Defining and Predicting Heat Waves in Bangladesh

New research shows that in Bangladesh, heat wave predictability exists from a few days to several weeks in advance, which could save thousands of lives.

by |August 7, 2017

The Coming Great Quakes in India and Bangladesh?

A new film takes viewers from the eastern highlands of India to the booming lowland metropolis of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh–and explores an ever-more detailed picture of catastrophic earthquake threat that scientists are discovering under the region.

by |October 18, 2016

Report Charges ‘Nepotism and Neglect’ on Bangladesh Arsenic Poisoning

Two decades after arsenic was found to be contaminating drinking water across Bangladesh, tens of millions of people are still exposed to the deadly chemical. Now a new report from the group Human Rights Watch charges that the Bangladesh government “is failing to adequately respond” to the issue, and that political favoritism and neglect have corrupted the government’s efforts.

by |April 7, 2016

Program Backs Start-up Competition at Dhaka University

The Sustainable Development program at the Earth Institute is helping to sponsor a start-up competition for students at Dhaka University in Bangladesh.

by |September 29, 2015

Battling ‘the Largest Mass Poisoning in History’

As many as one in five deaths in Bangladesh may be tied to naturally occurring arsenic in the drinking water; it is the epicenter of a worldwide problem that is affecting tens of millions of people. For two decades, health specialists and earth scientists from Columbia University have been trying to understand the problem, and how to solve it.