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Khulna, Bangladesh


Position:
22°48' N, 89°33'E


Datemark:
November 2008

Mission:
Collect multimedia material on the expected impact of, and ways of adapting to, sea level rise in Bangladesh

Under Auspices of:
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; Kendeda Fund, Alicia Patterson Journalism Foundation; Barbara Smith Fund; Whole Systems Foundation; Abby Rockefeller & Lee Halprin and 7th Generation Incorporated

Transport:
Commercial air to Dhaka; overnight ferry to Barisal; bus to Khulna

Results:
Radio features and documentary; web features

SYPNOPSIS
Bangladesh, home to 150 million, is the seventh most populous country in the world, although it’s only about the size of Louisiana, and most of it is less than 40 feet above sea level. With sea level expected to rise up to three feet in this century, ten to twenty percent of Bangladesh could be permanently lost, displacing millions of people and destroying farmlands and fresh water supplies. Among the ideas being discussed for adapting include creating and introducing new crops like rice bred to withstand saltier water. Some people are suggesting ways to capture sediment flowing through the Bangla Delta before it goes out to sea and using it to counter the effects of rising water.


  • Listen to Heat of the Moment: Inside Out , Dan’s documentary on the human impacts of climate change, including a segment on Paris during the 2003 heat wave.
  • Visit the climate-change website Dan helped to produce for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
  • Listen Dan’s feature on The World about efforts to slow flooding in Bangladesh...with flooding
  • Read more