Climate change, Bangladesh--with 140 million mostly poor residents and low-lying coastal geography--is among the most helpless nations on Earth. As part of the country's effort to prepare and adapt, Bangladesh government agencies are attempting to take global projections of climate change and turn them into highly local predictions. Even a marginal increase in sea level, hurricane strength, storm surge height, or drought extent could have a staggering human toll.
Bangladesh is one of 48 countries on a United Nations list list of developed countries. The UN provided $200,000 for each of these nations to, first, perform a high-level assessment of how climate change will affect them, and then draw up a list of priority projects. Now the nations are competing for about $115 million to implement adaptation measures over the next three to five years.