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Climate change is having extremely negative effects on smaller countries, including Bangladesh.1 The increase in average temperatures is causing the sea levels to rise and increase the salinity of the water that citizens use for agricultural purposes.2 A recent UN study suggests that the government of Bangladesh is in need of $5 billion dollars in order to properly adapt their country to the effects of climate change.3

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1http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/29/world/asia/facing-rising-seas-bangladesh-confronts-the-consequences-of-climate-change.html
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3http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/mar/10/climate-change-talks-bangladesh-donors
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Geography

Southern Asia, bordering the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and India
Area

Total 143,998 sq km
Land 130,168 sq km
Water 13,830 sq km

Climate

tropical; mild winter (October to March); hot, humid summer (March to June); humid, warm rainy monsoon (June to October)
Natural Resources

natural gas, arable land, timber, coal ;
Natural Hazards

droughts; cyclones; much of the country routinely inundated during the summer monsoon season
Current Environmental Issues

many people are landless and forced to live on and cultivate flood-prone land; waterborne diseases prevalent in surface water; water pollution, especially of fishing areas, results from the use of commercial pesticides; ground water contaminated by naturally occurring arsenic; intermittent water shortages because of falling water tables in the northern and central parts of the country; soil degradation and erosion; deforestation; severe overpopulation

Demographics

Nationality
Bangladeshi
Population
163,654,860 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

In real terms Bangladesh's economy has grown 5.8% per year since 1996 despite political instability, poor infrastructure, corruption, insufficient power supplies, and slow implementation of economic reforms. Bangladesh remains a poor, overpopulated, and inefficiently-governed nation. Although more than half of GDP is generated through the service sector, 45% of Bangladeshis are employed in the agriculture sector with rice as the single-most-important product. Bangladesh's growth was resilient during the 2008-09 global financial crisis and recession. Garment exports, totaling $12.3 billion in FY09 and remittances from overseas Bangladeshis, totaling $11 billion in FY10, accounted for almost 12% of GDP. ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$311 billion (2012 est.); $293.3 billion (2011 est.); $275.4 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

25.9% of GDP (2012 est.); 25% of GDP (2011 est.); 26.7% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

rice, jute, tea, wheat, sugarcane, potatoes, tobacco, pulses, oilseeds, spices, fruit; beef, milk, poultry
Industries

jute, cotton, garments, paper, leather, fertilizer, iron and steel, cement, petroleum products, tobacco, drugs and pharmaceuticals, ceramics, tea, salt, sugar, edible oils, soap and detergent, fabricated metal products, electricity and natural gas