icddr,b to study effects of solar geo-engineering, human health

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DHAKA, Jan 7, 2019 (BSS) – Scientists from icddr,b and seven other
developing countries have initiated a pioneering research to understand how
solar radiation management (SRM) geo-engineering could affect some of the
world’s poorest and most vulnerable regions.

In Bangladesh, the project will be the world’s first study to model how
cholera and malaria might be affected by the use of SRM geo-engineering, said
a press release.

The research team brings together scientists from Bangladesh, America and
South Africa, and features cholera experts, ecologists, climatologists and
epidemiologists.

Associate Scientist, Emerging Infections and Parasitology Laboratory at
icddr,b and the principal investigator of the project Dr. Mohammad Shafiul
Alam, said “Bangladesh is the world’s most vulnerable country to climate
change.

“This is the first time Bangladesh is leading a project with a novel goal
to link the geo-engineering intervention of climate protection and human
health,” he said.

The project director of SRMGI Andy Parker, commented “I’m proud that the
DECIMALS Fund is able to support Dr. Mohammad Shafiul Alam and their team as
they explore how SRM could affect Bangladesh.”

“This ground-breaking project will teach us more about how cholera and
malaria could be affected by sun-dimming and will start a wider conversation
about SRM research and its governance in Bangladesh,” he added.

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