Author: Md. Tahmid Zami

Heat stress rises for Dhaka's poor as green spaces shrink

Source(s): Context


As Bangladesh's crowded capital faces another hot summer, with temperatures already topping 40 degrees Celsius (104°F) this week, its parks play an increasingly important role in providing cooling and comfort for residents.

Yet rapid urbanisation is shrinking green space in the city, even as global warming accelerates, bringing more extreme heat.

The government estimates that 80% of Bangladeshis will live in cities by 2041, doubling the current share of the urban population.

A major concern is how a megacity like Dhaka - accounting for more than one-tenth of the national population - can provide a decent environment for its residents as their numbers rise.


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