New data suggests that Bangladesh is getting bigger – in contrast to earlier predictions that much of the low-lying nation would sink because of rising sea levels due to climate change. According to specialists, more than 1 billion metric tons of sediment travels down various rivers to the Bay of Bengal annually, much of which comes to rest along the southern shoreline. Known as “accretion,” the process has been going on for decades and is already having an impact. Scientists at the Dhaka-based Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS) now say the country is growing by 20 square kilometers annually. (IRIN)

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