A few weeks ago I came across a strange sight at Dhaka's international airport. Just behind the immigration officers' desks, several rows of men, wearing identical shirts, were sitting, or rather, squatting on th ground. They were Bangladeshis who were being repatriated by the International Organization of Migration (IOM) after they had been found in Thailand - victims of human traffickers.
The disappearing island of Bhola, Bangladesh's largest, is home to one and a half million people. Half of Bhola's land has been eroded away in the past 20 years. Now, those who live near recently-erected flood and erosion barriers worry these aren't strong enough, and that neither the barrier nor their homes will survive the upcoming rainy season.
Paradise found In Myanmar's Mergui archipelago, all the beach brochure clichés actually apply: powdery sand, turquoise waters and forbiddingly thick, verdant jungles are in abundance. Shielded for decades by Myanmar's status as international pariah, the island chain is one of the last holdouts against the dual onslaught of globalisation and tourism.
It might be hard to come to terms with, but Bangladesh is an ageing society. The number of elderly people in the country - that is, those aged 60 and above - is growing at a faster rate than the number of people below the age of 18. We're getting old.
newsweek: The residents of a town on Canada's Newfoundland island fear a blue whale carcass that washed up on its boardwalk last week could explode at any time. The 25m (81ft) whale on Trout River's rocky beach is one of several believed to have died in heavy ice weeks ago.