Global Warming - Bangladesh
Mohammad Khokon sits next to what used to be his family's house. A flash flood washed it into the Jamuna River in Sirajganj, Bangladesh in 2007.
Global warming cause the monsoon rain and floods to start earlier. Global warming also accellerate the melting of the ice and snow in the Himalayas, which feeds into the already saturated rivers that make the Ganges Delta. The result is devastating to people who live in the densely populated delta area.
While the Himalayas and flooding wreak havoc from the north, rising sea levels cause salt water intrusion in the low-lying agricultural zones along the coast.
According to the World Bank, coastal Bangladesh can easily see a 15 percent drop in rice production in the coastal regions within year 2050. The Khulna region is already damaged by salt water, but attempts are made to grow different strands of rice that can handle the stress.
One of the poorest countries in the world, Bangladesh is also one of the most vulnerable to climate changes. With a sea level rise of 1.5 meter, close to 17 million people will be affected, according to GRID-Arendal, a knowledge center collaborating with UNEP.