Bangladesh is moving ahead with a project to formulate the Delta Plan 2100. Apparently, this is a good idea. After all, Bangladesh is primarily a delta, and a long term plan for its land and water use may well be called “Delta Plan 2100” to emphasise its long term nature. However, there are many questions about the way this plan is being formulated. Two important questions: after forty-five years of independence and sixty years of water development experience why does Bangladesh need a delta plan formulation process that is heavily dependent on foreign advice and financing? Second, is the Dutch experience most relevant for formulation of the delta plan for Bangladesh? We consider below these two questions very briefly.

If you haven’t been paying attention, I don’t blame you for at first not believing this. After all, companies go to great lengths to green wash their image and present themselves as progressive and environmentally responsible, even while they turn your land to deserts and your oceans into dead zones. Unfortunately, as Mark Twain once famously said: “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”

The truth is that our current system allows pretty much every corporation to externalize both environmental and social costs. In this article, we won’t even be touching on social costs. If you don’t know what cost externalization is, you can imagine it as making someone else pay part or all of your costs. For example, BP externalized the environmental costs of the Deep water Horizon disaster by consuming all of the profits but making the government pay for anything beyond the most shoddy and superficial attempts at stopping the crisis.

Global warming alarmists must be shaking their heads in disbelief. Just when they felt they had the stars aligned to push their anti-free enterprise/capitalism agenda on the international stage and claim the power they crave, the climate and scientists have begun to turn against them.

Sidney, Australia has snow for the first time since 1836. To put this in perspective, in 1836,  Andrew Jackson was President of the United States, Victoria was a year away from being crowned Queen of England upon her 18th birthday, and Davey Crockett met his heroic end at the Alamo.

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Donald Trump withdraws US from Paris climate accord

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সুন্দরবনের রামপালে কয়লাভিত্তিক বিদ্যুৎ প্রকল্প নিয়ে প্রধানমন্ত্রী শেখ হাসিনা ও যুক্তরাষ্ট্রের প্রাক্তন ভাইস প্রেসিডেন্ট আল গোরের মধ্যে বিতর্ক হয়েছে। বাংলাদেশ সময় বুধবার দিবাগত রাতে সুইজারল্যান্ডের ডাভোসে ওয়ার্ল্ড ইকোনোমিক ফোরামে (ডব্লিউইএফ)... Read more

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'Hartal on 26 Jan if Rampal not scrapped'

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The United States have joined 'the club …

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