Health Desk--27 Sep’18: A total of 13.4 crore of around 16.5 crore population of Bangladesh are at the risk of declining living standards as a result of rising temperature and erratic rainfall due to climate change, the World Bank has said.
Rising temperature could affect living standards in diverse ways. Top among them are fall in agricultural and labour productivity and rise in spread of vector-borne and other infectious diseases resulting in lost productivity and income, said a WB report published on Wednesday.
The report titled “South Asia's Hotspots: The Impact of Temperature and Precipitation Changes on Living Standards” was launched at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka. Finance Minister AMA Muhith was present on the occasion.
Bangladesh's average annual temperatures are expected to rise by 1.0°C to 1.5°C by 2050 even if preventive measures are taken along the lines of those recommended by the Paris climate change agreement of 2015.