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Rising Sea Level XXXIV: Munshiganj, Bangladesh, 2007

Rising Sea Level XXXIV: Munshiganj, Bangladesh, 2007

Bangladesh: photographed July 2007.

Along with the Sahel region in Africa, Bangladesh is frequently cited as the most vulnerable country to climate change. Land-loss due to sea-level rise combined with increased frequency of extreme storms is already putting multiple pressures on a country where much of the population is engaged in subsistence farming and lives at or near sea-level.  For example, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlighted one study indicating more than a million people could be displaced on the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta by 2050 (IPCC, AR4 WGII, Chapter 6).  Other estimates for displaced people due to climate are much higher, and there are already many such refugees, according to Scientific American. India is currently constructing a wall on the Bangladesh border.

Bangladesh is the most densely populated large country in the world.  It has about the same number of people as Russia, but packed into an area more than a 100 times smaller.

There have been some adaptation projects in Bangladesh.  Floating gardens to protect against salinization of freshwater and flooding; rainwater catchments; and embankments, but to date there has been nothing like the massive infrastructure investment of the Dutch who have the resources to build large barriers and dams.

Rising Sea Level XXXII: Munshiganj, Bangladesh, 2007

Rising Sea Level XXXII: Munshiganj, Bangladesh, 2007

Rising Sea Level XL: Munshiganj, Bangladesh, 2007

Rising Sea Level XL: Munshiganj, Bangladesh, 2007

Rising Sea Level XLI: Munshiganj, Bangladesh, 2007

Rising Sea Level XLI: Munshiganj, Bangladesh, 2007