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Bangladesh Confronts Climate Change: Public Lecture

7 December 2016, 17:00 - 18:30
Theatre B, Roscoe Building, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester

The publication of Bangladesh Confronts Climate Change: Keeping our Heads above Water by Anthem Press will be marked by a public lecture at the Global Development Institute delivered by authors Dr Manoj Roy (Lancaster University), Professor David Hulme (University of Manchester) and IKD member Dr Joseph Hanlon. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A.

Living in a low-lying and densely populated country on the front line of climate change, Bangladeshis have taken the lead in adapting to rising temperatures and campaigning to limit further change. Their experience in effectively combating already existing environmental and social challenges means that cyclone shelters and warning systems have cut the fatality rate dramatically; new varieties of rice have raised nutrition levels; women's education has slowed population growth and land is being raised to respond to sea-level rise.

Bangladeshis, then, will keep their heads above water. But how much will it cost? And, as global warming continues to worsen the country's existing environmental problems – causing a rise in sea level, more flooding and stronger, more damaging cyclones – this new book challenges industrialised countries not only to curb their greenhouse gas emissions, but to pay for the damage they've already caused.

The book will also be publicly launched at the LSE by Joseph Hanlon on 16 November 2016. Find out more about the LSE book launch.

Find out more about the public lecture at the Global Development Institute.

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