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Water World on PBS looks at crisis in Bangledesh

Whether or not moral imperatives cut mustard, surely medium term strategic interests will be more successful in delivering workable solutions to the crisis of rising waters in Bangladesh.

If developing and advanced industrial economies do not move to radically control carbon emissions, not only–in time–will Manhattan and parts of Florida be underwater, but those islands of real estate will have to deal with a human flood of immigrants from Bangladesh.  And perhaps, if our leaders were serious about the claims of responsibility, if nothing is done to halt this crisis, then along with India and China, the U.S. should allow in a good number of the refugees who will come clamoring for aid and shelter.

The following links are available on the Now on PBS web page:

AFP: ‘No global climate accord without US backing’

Baltimore Sun: Rising seas, rising awareness: Climate change threatens to drown Maryland’s coasts and islands, but it’s not too late to act

The Economist: Bangkok blues —Gloom and pragmatism ahead of the Copenhagen climate-change summit

Global Warming Siren: Arnold Schwarzenegger Video on Climate Change Summit

New York Times: As Time Runs Short for Global Climate Treaty, Nations May Settle for Interim Steps

New York Times Op-ed: Yes We Can (Pass Climate Change Legislation) by John Kerry and Lindsey Graham

Pulitzer Center: Bangladesh: Easy Like Water

Reuters: Climate cooperation to help ties, Hu tells Obama

Related Links

A Biography of Dr. Atiq Rahman

Oxfam America: Climate Change

U.N. Climate Change Conference

 

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Faheem Haider

Faheem Haider is a political analyst, writer and artist. He holds advanced research degrees in political economy, political theory and the political economy of development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and New York University. He also studied political psychology at Columbia University. During long stints away from his beloved Washington Square Park, he studied peace and conflict resolution and French history and European politics at the American University in Washington DC and the University of Paris, respectively.

Faheem has research expertise in democratic theory and the political economy of democracy in South Asia. In whatever time he has to spare, Faheem paints, writes, and edits his own blog on the photographic image and its relationship to the political narrative of fascist, liberal and progressivist art.

That work and associated writing can be found at the following link: http://blackandwhiteandthings.wordpress.com

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