“The river is so hungry,” says Peramin Ishak, as he gestures to a missing arc of land from the muddy embankment. “It just keeps eating the land.” From his village of Datina Khali, which rests on the edge of the Bangladeshi Sundarbans, Ishak has watched the river swallow up a three hectare (seven acre) chunk of land in the past decade. Stretching across south-western Bangladesh and into neighbouring India, the Sundarbans is the largest mangrove forest in the world, a honeycomb of islands and tributaries that eventually fan out into the Bay of Bengal. It may be one of the most beautiful places on earth, but the families eking out a living in its waters are buffeted by one problem after another. Here, on the frontline of the climate crisis, rising sea levels claim more and more land each year. Salt infiltrates the drinking water, and imbues the vegetables with a sharp tang. Increasing salinity almost wiped out the local shrimp industry back in the mid-90s, and … [Read more...] about The Sundarbans crab farmers battling climate crisis – and pirates
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Tse Chi Lop (pictured), a Canadian national born in China, is suspected of leading a vast multinational drug trafficking syndicate 'Asia's El Chapo' is a 'Canadian born in China who once lost $66million in a night at a casino and is protected by Thai kickboxers'. Tse Chi Lop is suspected of leading a vast multinational drug trafficking syndicate - dubbed 'The Company' - formed out of an alliance of five of Asia´s triad groups, according to law enforcement officials. Police, in a nod to one of Tse´s nicknames, have called it Sam Gor, Cantonese for 'Brother Number Three.' The syndicate, law enforcers believe, is funnelling tonnes of methamphetamine, heroin and ketamine to at least a dozen countries from Japan in North Asia to New Zealand in the South Pacific. But meth - a highly addictive drug with devastating physical and mental effects on long-term users - is its main business, they say. In what it calls a conservative estimate, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime … [Read more...] about The hunt for Asia’s El Chapo: Leader of vast multi-national drug syndicate is ‘Canadian born in China who once lost $66m in a SINGLE NIGHT at a casino and is protected by Thai kickboxers’
The BBC has revealed its list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2019. This year 100 Women is asking: What would the future look like if it were driven by women?From the architect planning to rebuild her destroyed city in Syria, to Nasa's project manager of the Mars helicopter, many on the list are at the cutting edge of their fields. They give us their vision of what life will look like in 2030. Others, such as the "ghost" politician defying the mafia, and the footballer battling misogyny, are using their extraordinary personal experiences to blaze a path for those who follow. The BBC's 100 women of 2019 You can filter the list using the categories below Precious Adams US Ballet dancer preciousagram Precious Adams spent so much time dancing round the living room at the age of eight, that her mum signed her up for dance lessons. By the age of 16, she had won places at three of the world's most prestigious ballet schools, including the … [Read more...] about BBC 100 Women 2019: Who is on the list this year?
Our planet is facing a crisis. But even when we know that a war for our survival is raging, we don’t feel that it is our war. Although many of climate change’s accompanying calamities – extreme weather events, floods and wildfires, displacement and resource scarcity chief among them – are vivid, personal and suggestive of a worsening situation, they don’t feel that way in aggregate. The distance between awareness and feeling can make it very difficult for even thoughtful and politically engaged people – people who want to act – to act. So-called climate change deniers reject the conclusion that 97% of climate scientists have reached: the planet is warming because of human activities. But what about those of us who say we accept the reality of human-caused climate change? We may not think the scientists are lying, but are we able truly to believe what they tell us? Such a belief would surely awaken us to the urgent ethical imperative attached to … [Read more...] about Jonathan Safran Foer: why we must cut out meat and dairy before dinner to save the planet
Business By Mark Ward Technology correspondent, BBC News 20 March 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43259900 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel If you want a job that rides the wave of the future, get hired by a firm that combats … [Read more...] about Staying one step ahead of the cyber-spies