Oil Spill in Bangladesh’s Unique Mangrove Forest

Oil Spill in Bangladesh’s Unique Mangrove Forest

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Sundarbans. Photo source: ©© Arindam Bhattacharya

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On December 12, three days after a cargo vessel collided with a tanker, oil coats mangrove trees in the Sundarbans region of Bangladesh. The Sundarbans, extending into India, is a delta that forms the world’s largest contiguous tidal mangrove forest—a haven for a spectacular diversity of animals.

More than 90,000 gallons of oil have spilled into the rivers and creeks of the Sundarbans region, threatening tigers, dolphins…

Read Full Article, The National Geographic

The Coming Storm, The National Geographic (05-05-2011)
The people of Bangladesh have much to teach us about how a crowded planet can best adapt to rising sea levels. For them, that future is now…

Bangladesh, Finding Sustainable Ways to Cope With Sea Level Rise

Floating Gardens, a IRIN Video (06-16-2013)
In Bangladesh, the ancient practice of floating gardens, beds of straw and water hyacinths on which crops are grown, is making a comeback in the face of increased floods.

Sinking Sundarbans: A Photo Gallery by Peter Caton, Greenpeace, (11-23-2010)
The seas around the islands in the Bay of Bengal that support a unique mangrove ecosystem, are rising faster than anywhere else on Earth, and the lives and livelihoods of more than 4 million residents are under threat from rising waters…

Mapping South Asia’s Mangroves, NASA

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