Week of 10.23.09
Water WorldIs a coastal catastrophe approaching, and what should we be doing about it?
It appears that your computer does not have the Flash Player required to view NOW videos. Visit Adobe to download and install the latest version of the Flash Player.Imagine you lived in a world of water. Your home is two-feet under. You wade through it, cook on it, and sleep above it. This is the reality for hundreds of thousands of people around the world, coastal populations on the front lines of climate change.
Only weeks before world leaders meet in Copenhagen to discuss climate change, NOW senior correspondent Maria Hinojosa travels to Bangladesh to examine some innovative solutions—from floating schools to rice that can "hold its breath" underwater—being implemented in a country where entire communities are inundated by water, battered by cyclones, and flooded from their homes.
The Denmark conference can't come soon enough. Scientists' project global seas will flood 20 percent of Bangladesh by 2030, stranding some 35 million climate refugees. Some are proposing that industrial nations who contribute to global warming should open their doors to displaced Bangladeshis.
In The News
AFP: 'No global climate accord without US backing'
Baltimore Sun: Rising seas, rising awareness: Climate change threatens to drown Maryland's coasts and islands, but it's not too late to act
The Economist: Bangkok blues —Gloom and pragmatism ahead of the Copenhagen climate-change summit
Global Warming Siren: Arnold Schwarzenegger Video on Climate Change Summit
New York Times: As Time Runs Short for Global Climate Treaty, Nations May Settle for Interim Steps
New York Times Op-ed: Yes We Can (Pass Climate Change Legislation) by John Kerry and Lindsey Graham
Pulitzer Center: Bangladesh: Easy Like Water
Reuters: Climate cooperation to help ties, Hu tells Obama
A Biography of Dr. Atiq Rahman
Oxfam America: Climate Change
U.N. Climate Change Conference
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Commenter: Paul Antanavich
Commenter: Sirajul Islam
Commenter: Catherine Henry
Commenter: Ed Peachey
Commenter: Eleanor Hall
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Commenter: T R Black
Commenter: Shaf Chowdhury
Commenter: Marcella Respini
Commenter: Paul David Warrington
Commenter: Forrest M. Mims III
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Slideshow: Coastal Crisis
Interview: Bill McKibben
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