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Climate Change in Bangladesh

Environment ministers and officials are meeting at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen in December 2009 to work out a global deal on climate change, a successor to the Kyoto protocol. The talks are the latest in an annual series of UN meetings that have their seeds in the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, which aimed at coordinating international action against climate change.

 

Bangladesh is one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world. The country tops the Global Climate Risk Index 2009. Climate change is affecting the country in many ways: more frequent and severe floods, increased likelihood of devastating cyclones, draughts, devastation of crops, salt water intrusion and sea level rise. These changes are already having major impacts on the economy and on the lives and livelihoods of millions of people.

 

epa photographer Abir Abdullah's photo collection of some 300 images shows normal life for Bangladeshi villagers, and how they are affected by climate change. The pictures were taken in May 2009 in the Satkhira district of Bangladesh, some before and some after cyclone Aila hit the region.

 

Pictures from the UN Climate Change Conference 2009 (COP15) are available through our epa webgate.