The world's relief agencies will be overwhelmed by a rise in the number of people affected by climate-related disasters by 2015 unless the quantity and quality of aid improves, a report said on Tuesday.

"There is nothing inevitable about a future in which greater numbers of people die and are made destitute by natural hazards and conflict," the report by international aid group Oxfam said.

The Sub Regional Workshop on Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) Phase Out in Military Applications would be a stepping stone for a wider environment military network in Sri Lanka, said former Executive Secretary National Protocol Secretariat, UNEP K. Madhava Sharma.

There will be climate related conflicts in the future if the global community fails to protect the ozone layer, Environment and Natural Resources Minister Champika Ranawaka said inaugurating the sub regional workshop on Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) pase out in military applications, yesterday.

Bangladesh on Wednesday called for the creation of a rapid deployment fund to combat sudden climatic shocks across the globe.

Close your eyes. Picture white sands and turquoise waters, rows of palm trees cocooning you under the balmy sun. Then, imagine this pristine picture wiped away not simply from your mind, but from reality. The Maldives face an actual and potent risk of extinction.

KOLKATA: The Sunderbans tiger is falling prey to poaching. Thousands of families in the tidal region are losing their homes and livelihoods due to rising sea level and tidal currents. Unscientific construction and illegal felling is denuding the Himalayan foothills of its forest cover and triggering landslides. The Bhagirathi is gobbling up land as it changes course in Malda.

The plausible spectre of large numbers of people migrating from coastal regions, and of entire populations abandoning small island countries due to rising sea levels makes it vitally important for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to come up with a strong adaptation strategy at its Copenhagen conference later this year.

GHORAMARA, Feb. 25: A documentary film on climate change and its impact on Sunderban islands was released by the Governor, Mr Gopal Krishna Gandhi, at Ghoramara Island today.

A documentary film on climate change and its impact on Sunderban islands was released by the Governor, Mr Gopal Krishna Gandhi, at Ghoramara island on Feb 25th 2009.

Rising sea levels are forcing people in low-lying areas to flee their homes
This new category of refugees is being called climate migrants
They are yet to gain any international legal recognition
However, resettlement of residents of islands such as the Maldives to safer locations is being discussed

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