Climate Engineering and Bangladesh: A Low income/ Low laying country perspective
Authors: Mofizur Rahman, A K M Saiful Islam
There is a scientific consensus that anthropogenic climate change is real. Global average temperature is projected to increase 2°C or more by the end of this century. However, this is a conservative estimation. The resulting effects will have worldwide implications for humans, ecosystems and the economy. Populations in low-income countries will bear a disproportionate burden of adverse consequences. Low-lying river deltas such as Bangladesh are particularly sensitive to the effects of climate change in many ways such as extreme weather effects, urban heat stress, migration etc.
Climate Engineering is relatively new and unfamiliar to the Bangladeshi society but the other solutions to climate protection are not. Bangladesh proven to be one of the adaptation leaders and already shown pathways to building social resilience. Now the question is shall we continue to do what we are good at, such as adaptation and building resilience societies or start discussion on other solutions which might be essential for meeting the 2°C target. In this poster, we will discuss a case study of Bangladesh drawing a pathway of immense vulnerability to resilience building. We will also extend our thought on risk of climate engineering (there are many and different in scale), associated uncertainty and necessity of climate engineering governance discussion.
Mofizur Rahman is an Environmental Scientist currently based in Bangladesh. He is working as a Research Investigator at the Initiative for Climate Change and Health, icddr,b. His research interest lies in human-nature interactions. Through interdisciplinary research, he is trying to widen the understanding how biodiversity and ecosystem services are affected by environmental change and how society will response to it.