He mentioned that if the developed nations do not diminish injecting carbon into the atmosphere immediately, many islands will go under seawater by the end of this century. According to a UN study, global temperature might rise by 4 degree Celsius if existing carbon emission rate continues, eventually raising sea level as high as 16 feet. Dr Hasan Mahmud, who presented videos and photographs at the seminar, taken during his recent visit to Antarctica, said ice melting was very bad news for all the countries of the world.
Brac University arranged the seminar, "Climate Change and Glacier Melting: Sharing Experience of Antarctica" where the minister spoke as chief guest. Dr Ainun Nishat, Vice Chancellor of the university, who is also IUCN's Country Representative for Bangladesh was present as special guest.