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Md. Tahmid Zami

Climate Correspondent

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Md. Tahmid Zami is a Climate Correspondent for the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Dhaka. He specialises in sustainable development, investment and public policy and has previously worked in policy research.

February 07, 2024

Fashion suppliers are starting to take climate risks into account when deciding where to locate factories or how to keep workers safe in them, but a lack of good data is holding back early efforts to mitigate threats, industry officials warned.

"Climate change poses the risk of supply chain disruption so we must take such risks into account to do business in the long run," said Mohammad Monower Hossain, head of sustainability for Team Group, a leading apparel supplier in Bangladesh. 

January 18, 2024

Farzana Akter Isha, 24, works as a production supervisor at SOLshare, a renewable energy technology company that provides home-based solar power solutions to poor, rural families. 

When she started her career in 2014 straight after leaving school, Bangladesh's solar sector was facing hiccups with sluggish demand - and Isha saw many of her colleagues switch to other jobs. 

December 28, 2023

Five-year old Jerin loves tending to the young chili pepper and aubergine plants in her school's garden.

The 30 children in her class, aged from three to five, at a government school in the central Bangladesh village of Brahmangaon in Gazipur district are learning to grow plants and observe insects in an education programme to familiarise pupils with nature and climate change issues through music and play.

December 07, 2023

With all eyes on climate talks in Dubai, the world of fashion is working out how it can fulfil an ambitious pledge to slash the emissions it makes clothing the world with speed and style.

And the outlook isn't rosy.

Big brands have promised big cuts to their carbon footprint - but it is manufacturing that causes most of the environmental damage and somebody has to foot the bill for the radical change.

November 24, 2023

This year, for the first time in almost a decade-and-a-half, people living in the village of Chak Channamara in southwest Bangladesh have revived their age-old tradition: Their community festival worshipping the goddess Durga.

The ritual was put on hold after large cyclones - Sidr in 2007 and Aila in 2009 - damaged the 600-metre road that connects the village to the nearby mainland, hampering access to markets, hospitals and schools, and cutting incomes too.

October 19, 2023

Investors in U.S. energy technology firm GE Vernova had some unlikely visitors in September when Ata Mojlish, a Bangladeshi new media artist based in Texas, joined activists to deliver climate-themed works to four financial companies in New York.

GE Vernova - a recently re-branded subsidiary of General Electric - is planning to supply turbines for large liquefied natural gas (LNG) power projects in climate-vulnerable Bangladesh, motivating Bangladeshi artists to join international campaigners in calls for GE to back non fossil-fuel energy instead.

October 18, 2023

In northern Bangladesh, where annual monsoon floods on the Brahmaputra River often ravage crops and homes, farmers are limiting losses thanks to a system for early warning and aid.

Hasan Ali, 50, a farmer from Chilmari in Kurigram district, received fodder for his livestock 10 days before last year's flood from the U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP).

September 19, 2023

It's no secret that climate change threatens the world's food supplies, from coffee to corn - but how about your clothes?

Researchers warned this month that worsening heat and flooding could have devastating impacts for Asia's fashion sector, including on productivity, jobs and industry earnings.

September 14, 2023

As Ripon Mondal's family try to recover from the drought that ruined their watermelon crop in central Bangladesh last year, the 19-year-old college student fears that his father's financial worries are just the tip of the iceberg.

"I can feel my father's mental distress," said Mondal.

August 25, 2023

As Bangladesh faces fiercer floods stoked by heavy rains and melting glaciers, driven by climate change, efforts are being launched to reduce the risk.

In August, monsoon rains triggered deadly flash floods in the hilly coastal region of Chattogram - and while the government and aid agencies mobilised to help those affected, the flooding killed more than 50 people and displaced more than 200,000 after their homes were badly damaged.