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The South Asian country of Bangladesh is one of the places in the world considered most vulnerable to climate change. It is also one of the poorest nations on Earth.

In Bangladesh, reducing CO2 emissions and implementing cap and trade schemes are not the issue. Already used to catastrophic flooding compounded by intense poverty, Bangladeshis are in the business of climate change adaptation.
This is climate change ground zero.

As Himalayan glaciers melt and heavy rains perennially flood Bangladesh – a hot country of flood planes located on the Ganges River Delta – its people have no choice but to adapt.

The United Nations estimates that by the end of the century, 18 percent of the country will disappear, leaving 30 million people displaced.

–CNN

For an insight into how this impoverished, yet resourceful nation is dealing with rising water levels, see the following report from CNN Eco Solutions:

Bangladeshis rely on floating schools amid flooding

Also check out the below accompanying video report:

About The Author: Graham Land

Greenfudge editor and London-based writer Graham Land grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where he was part of the local hardcore punk scene, playing in several bands. Through this musical movement he became involved in grass roots interests such as anti-racist activism, animal rights and Ecology. In 2000 he relocated to Europe, eventually earning an MA from Malmö University in Sweden. He has also lived in Japan, Ireland, Portugal and Greece.



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