Environment

SLIIT alumnus Binura Perera contributing towards shaping sustainable future for nation

Views - 16 Thursday, 18 July 2019 01:07

Making a commitment to environmental sustainability count in his current role, SLIIT alumnus Binura Perera has embraced the challenges of tomorrow and is working towards driving positive change. As a mechanical engineer for Brandix Apparel Ltd., Bin


Schooling of conservation awareness: WNPS Youth Wing inspires next generation of conservation heroes

Views - 149 Thursday, 18 July 2019 01:01

By Piyumani Ranasinghe Schooling of conservation awareness of wildlife and nature that transcends a traditional classroom environment is now a necessity, as opposed to a choice. This is due to the perennial struggle in striking a balance between the


Most big companies fail to report role in deforestation, charity says

Views - 11 Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:59

LONDON (Reuters): Most big companies are failing to report the damage their operations are doing to forests despite committing to lighten their footprint under wider efforts to tackle climate change, according to a report published on Tuesday. CDP, a


Deforestation + climate change = Dead end for wildlife

Views - 15 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

PARIS (AFP): Climate change combined with galloping tropical deforestation is cutting off wildlife from life-saving cooler climes, heightening the risk of extinction, researchers said Monday. Less than two-fifths of forests across Latin America, Asi


Thousands of animals saved in global crackdown on wildlife crime

Views - 2 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

LYON (AFP): Police across the globe have seized thousands of wild animals, including primates and big cats, and arrested nearly 600 suspects in a vast crackdown on illegal wildlife smuggling, Interpol said Wednesday. Covering 109 countries, the oper


Nestle Waters teams up with Ocean Legacy for plastic waste clean-up

Views - 6 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

PARIS (Reuters): Nestle’s bottled water division Nestle Waters, owner of Perrier and Vittel, said it would team up with Canada’s Ocean Legacy Foundation to help to clean up plastic pollution. Consumer goods companies, such as Nestle, are under p


Making waves: Female round -the-world crew to fight ocean plastic

Views - 5 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

London (Thomson Reuters Foundation): More than 300 women will join a round-the-world voyage launching in October to highlight the devastating impact of plastic pollution in the oceans and conduct scientific research into the escalating crisis. Milli


After a lengthy delay, still no green light for Sri Lanka’s red list

Views - 6 Friday, 12 July 2019 00:00

news.mongabay.com: When a team of herpetologists led by Mendis Wickramasinghe found a group of webless shrub frogs in a remote montane ecosystem in Sri Lanka in 2010, it was an encounter with a species not seen since it was first described in 1876. I


Most big CO2 emitting firms not on track for climate goals

Views - 6 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Only one in eight of the world’s most-polluting companies are on track to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in line with global temperature goals, a study funded by investors with $ 14 trillion under management found on Wednes


Indonesia to send 210 tons of waste back to Australia

Views - 13 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:00

JAKARTA (AFP): Indonesia said Tuesday it would send more than 210 tons of garbage back to Australia, as Southeast Asian nations push back against serving as dumping grounds for foreign trash. The eight containers seized in Surabaya city should have


‘Green Clubs’ program launched to empower village community to protect environment

Views - 12 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:00

The international interest Sri Lanka had in the 18th and 19th centuries has returned today, Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera said, implementing the concept of ‘Green Clubs’. The ‘Green Clubs’, a community-based environmental protection


5th China-Sri Lanka Joint Workshop on Monsoon Climate and Marine Environment Change

Views - 8 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

On the invitation of China-Sri Lanka Joint Centre for Education and Research, the Consul General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou, Priyangika Dharmasena, attended the inauguration ceremony and the workshop of the 5th China-Sri Lanka Joint Workshop on Monso


Sirio plants 6,500 saplings of value to coincide with World Environment Day

Views - 24 Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:00

Sirio Ltd., a leading garment manufacturing and exporting company in Badalgama, engaged in a massive CSR program. The company in a single day planted 6,500 plantlets under its CSR program, ‘Thuru Siri Mahima’ to coincide with World Environment Da


WILAT Sri Lanka conducts strategic planning workshop commemorating World Environment Day

Views - 74 Thursday, 4 July 2019 01:46

Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) Sri Lanka is the women’s forum of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Sri Lanka (CILT SL). WiLAT is present in 25 countries with over 1,600 members. WiLAT held a strategic planning workshop on 4 M


JLanka commemorates World Environment Day 2019 with plant distribution

Views - 18 Thursday, 4 July 2019 01:44

Sri Lanka’s solar power sector innovative solutions provider JLanka Technologies organised an event to hype up World Environment Day of 2019. The company’s dedication towards the well-being of our environment was highlighted in the efforts made t


INSEE Cement plants 250 mangrove saplings to mark World Environment Day

Views - 16 Thursday, 4 July 2019 01:42

INSEE Cement celebrated World Environment Day this year with an innovative gesture of initiating mangrove restoration in Thalathuduwa and Kurulu Duwa Islands surrounded by the picturesque waters of Koggola Lake catchment. This is also the location of


Swadeshi Khomba donates 1,000 Kohomba medicinal plants for Wilpattu

Views - 176 Thursday, 4 July 2019 01:40

Sri Lanka’s No. 1 herbal soap brand Khomba from Swadeshi, recently donated 1,000 Kohomba (Margosa) plants to the Panagoda army camp. These plants are destined for the Wilpattu National Park, as part of the ‘Swadeshi Khomba Sathkaraya’, a projec


Army requests that private sector collaborate in restoring Wilpattu

Views - 378 Tuesday, 2 July 2019 01:37

The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has requested that the public and the private sectors join its Wilpattu Reforestation Project under the ‘Thuruliya Wenuwen Api’, designed to regain a large swathe of forest that was illegally felled in the Wilpattu Nation


BSL to organise learning event on business challenges of keeping nature in tact

Views - 11 Tuesday, 2 July 2019 00:00

The role of the private sector in conserving our species and biodiversity is crucial, particularly in developing countries like Sri Lanka, where the majority of the population depends on natural resources for their livelihoods and overall economic gr


Abans collaborates with WNPS and DWC to launch Green Isle project

Views - 155 Tuesday, 2 July 2019 00:00

Abans recently joined hands with the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS), and Department of Wildlife Conservation to launch the ‘Green Isle’ project in the Bellanwila-Attidiya Sanctuary. Representing Abans’ and LG’s latest efforts t


SL’s RIOCOCO selected as growing media supplier for world’s largest high-tech greenhouse in Japan

Views - 22 Tuesday, 2 July 2019 00:00

Japan became the first country in the world to build the most high-tech greenhouse. SARA greenhouse was built in Kasaoka city in Japan and it is the largest single site in the advanced glass greenhouse project with the latest technology available to


ComBank engages 40 schools in World Environment Day tree planting

Views - 16 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:00

Children from 40 schools were united in a country-wide campaign launched by the Commercial Bank of Ceylon on World Environment Day 2019 to engage the younger generation in tree planting. Intended to be expanded into a continuing activity, the program


CTC commemorates World Environment Day 2019

Views - 15 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:00

The Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) recently conducted a week-long program of activities to commemorate World Environment Day. Several activities were conducted during this period at its Colombo, Kandy factories as well as leaf depots to spread awar


LAUGFS Eco Sri partners with ‘Thuruliya Wenuwen Api’

Views - 21 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:00

LAUGFS Eco Sri, a pioneer in air quality management in Sri Lanka supported the reforestation efforts of the Wilpattu Nature Reserve in the North East of the island, marking World Environment Day this year. This was yet another important project by LA


1,600 trees planted to honour 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at Dunsinane Estate, Nuwara Eliya

Views - 22 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:00

A special tree planting ceremony was organised on 20 June, at Mahatma Gandhi Puram, Dunsinane Estate in Nuwara Eliya to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, World Environment Day and International Day of Yoga. Mahatma Gandhi had


Emissions need to be halved to avoid 3C warming: scientists

Views - 14 Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters) - Emissions need to be halved by 2030 to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius but temperatures are on track to reach double that by the end of the century even if countries’ current plans are fully implemented, research by scientis


Rewilding Endana

Views - 74 Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00

In 2018, Dilmah Tea founder, Merrill J. Fernando uprooted the tea bushes at Dilmah’s tea garden at Endana to create a nature corridor across the estate, reconnecting Sri Lanka’s fragmented forest ecosystems in the region. The initiative looks tow


Intl. Day for Biological Diversity commemorated by French Embassy, HNB and Biodiversity Sri Lanka

Views - 87 Wednesday, 19 June 2019 00:00

The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) is celebrated annually the world over, on 22 May, commemorating the adoption of the text of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). It aims to leverage knowledge, spread awareness and celebra


G20 agrees to tackle ocean plastic waste

Views - 22 Tuesday, 18 June 2019 00:00

KARUIZAWA, Japan (Reuters): Group of 20 environment ministers agreed on Sunday to adopt a new implementation framework for actions to tackle the issue of marine plastic waste on a global scale, the Japanese government said after hosting the two-day m


Hilton Colombo Residences activates #NoPlasticsBag to sustain country for next 100 years

Views - 166 Tuesday, 18 June 2019 00:00

Hilton, one of the fastest-growing hospitality companies in the world, celebrated its centennial milestone on 31 May and brought ‘The Hilton Effect’ to life through a series of initiatives that measured the impact the brand has had on its guests,


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Expand employer-backed childcare to close the gender gap in Sri Lanka

Friday, 19 July 2019

In Sri Lanka, women’s formal workforce participation is at only 36%, compared with 75% for men. Sri Lanka could raise its gross domestic product by as much as 20% in the long-run by closing the gender gap in the workforce, according to one estimate


Who should be our next president?

Friday, 19 July 2019

After the recent terrorist attacks and the subsequent violence unleashed against innocent Muslims by racists, Sri Lankans are searching for a leader who can save the country. Many have lost faith in the leaders, due to the breakdown in the security a


The messed-up lives

Friday, 19 July 2019

It can be seen that there is a serious mess-up not only in the State and the social system in Sri Lanka, but also in the lives of the people. People of Sri Lanka are having smiling faces, yet those who live happily are very rare. You will find that u


Reimagining our reality: the last best hope for us?

Friday, 19 July 2019

Imagination can be a powerful tool for shaping everyday reality. We use it to construct everything from the mundane to the mystic. A down-to-earth example would be our subscription to the idea of the intrinsic value and worth of every human being. I


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