By Mohammad Alauddin, Samiul Hasan
The worst chemical catastrophe ever should be occurring without delay. In India and Bangladesh among 40 and 80 million everyone is vulnerable to eating an excessive amount of arsenic from good water that will have already prompted 100000 melanoma instances and hundreds of thousands of deaths. Many thousands in other places in South-East Asia and South the United States might quickly undergo the same destiny. Venomous Earth is the tale of this tragedy: the geology, the biology, the politics and the heritage. It starts off in historical Greece, touches down in modern day North the United States and takes in William Morris, alchemy, farming, medication, mining and a beauty that killed popes.
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Clem Tisdell, argues that these four countries have made substantial socioeconomic progress in terms of widely used indicators, but nevertheless still remain highly disadvantaged countries. Tisdell underscores the critical importance of political stability. It is only with a politically stable government can Bangladesh make further economic and social progress. Given that Bangladesh's population is predicted to double in the next 2-3 decades, political stability is a sine qua non. Political stability brings economic growth, because the economic sector functions better in a stable environment.
It is the last remaining natural habitat of the Royal Bengal Tiger- Bangladesh's National Heritage, spotted deer and estuarine crocodiles. Being a multipleuse mangrove forest, it offers economic returns from forestry, fisheries and ecotourism sectors. The availability of a wide range of recreational activities in unspoiled vast tract of the Sundarbans has made it a leading ecotourism destination in Bangladesh for local and international tourists alike. M. Akhter Hamid and Bruce Frank examine the status of ecotourism industry in the Sundarbans under the multiple-use management system.
5). However, measurement of wealth, assets and resources is fraught with many difficulties. While countries with low availability of capital, especially low availability of natural resource capita, are impeded in their economic growth, such constraints need not condemn them to perpetual poverty as, for example, the historical experience of Japan indicates. 4 Based on UNDP (1996a, p. 9). 3 21 SOME SOCIAL WELFARE/DEVELOPMENT INDICATORS FOR SOUTH ASIA It is widely recognised that income or GDP per capita is an inadequate indicator of human welfare.