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Climate change adaptation

Crab fattening, saline-tolerant rice and floating gardens are some of the ingenious ways that Bangladeshis are adapting to the impacts of a warming world. Its population of 160 million is squashed into a low-lying river basin, exposed to rising sea levels, fierce storms and frequent floods. For this issue, we traveled to South Asia to find out how communities with limited means are struggling to cope.

April 2012, Issue 451

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Melting glaciers to the north, rising seas to the south. Can Bangladesh adapt to a warming world? Hazel Healy travelled there to find out.
Why climate change poses a major threat for Bangladesh - the facts
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Moves to climate-proof the planet
From air-conditioned bus stops in Dubai to Meat Safety Net programmes in Kenya: what the rest of the world is doing to defend against global warming.
The great climate exodus
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Bill Gates’ funding of global health programmes is legendary – but his charity has unpleasant side-effects. Andrew Bowman reports.
Putting the ‘I’ in ecocide
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Act against ACTA
Kimberley Process ‘whitewashes’ blood diamonds
Aoife Allen describes how The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme is not doing enough to clean up the gems trade.
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