New Internationalist

Soundbites - Atiq Rahman

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Issue 415

Front line reports from the people at the centre of world news

While Hurricane Gustav swirled through the front pages of our media, the hundreds of deaths caused by extreme winds in the last month around the Caribbean and in Asia rated barely a mention. Floods in India and Bangladesh – while receiving better media coverage – claimed nothing like the space devoted to Gustav’s impact on the United States. From Bangladesh, Dr Atiq Rahman – the Chairman of the Climate Action Network in South Asia and a winner of the United Nations 2008 ‘Champions of the Earth Award’ – assesses the flood damage done in his country, and explains why winds and floods will become more extreme in Asia as the affects of climate change are becoming more pronounced.

Dr Atiq Rahman

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