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May 12th, 2008

Tristan Ewins has an interesting piece on the mixed economy in Online Opinion.
Prof Anu Mohammed from Bangladesh will be visiting Brisbane to talk about impacts of climate change on Bangladesh. There’s an ad over the fold.


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  1. Hermit
    May 12th, 2008 at 13:20 | #1

    I think the case of Bangladesh is interesting because it reveals problems with Western anguish over climate change. A check of the Wiki entry confirms that country has more than 1,000 people per square kilometre. Thus I suggest they have increased their climate vulnerability as surely as the owners of Gold Coast apartments. Some have suggested that Bangladesh exploit coal to replace fast diminishing gas reserves. While we are told the West must reduce emissions on the other hand Bangladesh should be allowed to increase them on the grounds of fairness. That is despite being to some extent the architects of their own misfortune. I’d call this the baby bonus for foreigners.

  2. Socrates
    May 12th, 2008 at 13:53 | #2

    Greenhouse emissions from Bangladesh, whether in total or per capita, are trivially small. Accordign to the WRI index they rank 182nd out of 185 countries! If we all emitted as few GHGs as Bangladesh the problem wouldn’t exist. Hence I think it is a little unfair to blame them.

    The trouble is, I can’t see any solution for them. They face an impossibly huge task to contain rising seas because of the enormous length of river banks from the Ganges delta. They don’t have the money to build defences anyway. They have no major non-rural industries, and they have a 100 million muslim population surrounded by Hindu and Buddhist traditional enemies. Its a recipe for disaster.

  3. pablo
    May 12th, 2008 at 18:02 | #3

    Socrates…you say that the Buddhists of Burma (Myannmar) are tradtional enemies of the Muslim Bangladeshis yet we read of post cyclone aid from Bangladesh being welcomed by their next door neighbours, the generals of Burma. My guess is that their is a community of thought happening here vis-a-vis sea level rise. And as an afterthought maybe the Rev Tim and other ngo aid organisations should be thinking laterally about how to get aid into Burma. Try Dacca first.

  4. Socrates
    May 12th, 2008 at 23:26 | #4


    That cooperation is encouraging for Bangladesh. They will need to be on good terms with their neighbours. If my understanding of the geography of Bangladesh is correct about 60% of their population will need to find new homes this century, based on Stefan Ramsdorf’s projections of sea level rise.

  5. Ian Gould
    May 13th, 2008 at 08:47 | #5

    The Myanmarese government has severely persecuted it’s Muslim minority ethnic groups – particularly the Rakhines and the Rohingyas. It has done so with the active support of at least significant elements of the Myanmarese Buddhist hierarchy and a large section of the dominant Bamar ethnic group.

    India and Bangladesh have accepted several hundred thousand Rohingya refugees. However they are subject to widespread discrimination in both countries.

    The Rohingyas are one of the most persecuted ethnic groups in thw world.

    It’s a damn shame they don’t have their own Dalai Lama to trot out before the educated western elite to drum up hand-outs.

    Plus of course they’re Muslims so it’d take more than a 30-second news bite to explain to the post-9/11 western mass audience that they aren’t the bad guys.

    Oh and you’d also have to explain how, despite the recent protests by some monks, the Buddhist Sangha has been closely linked to the Myanmar Junta abd is a bastion of Bamar chauvinism and hostility to the various non-Buddhist ethnic groups in Myanmar.

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