Environment

Raw materials behind half of global emissions: UN

Views - 7 Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:00

Nairobi, AFP: Extracting and processing materials, fuel and food contributes as much as half of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, the UN said Tuesday, as experts gathered in Kenya to find ways to rein in exploding global consumption. Using doz


How Sri Lankan businesses can create value from a net zero emissions program

Views - 27 Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:00

The Carbon Consulting Company (CCC) recently invited Natural Capital Partners Senior Manager (Climate Change and Sustainability) Tom Popple to inspire and inform Sri Lankan business leaders, on the value of taking credible climate action, at the King


Feeling the heat... That’s the gift from climate change! Combating it is in your hands!

Views - 81 Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:00

It’s the prosperous season of the island with new year festivities beckoning around the corner. However, obviously all of us have been feeling the heat lately, in such an intense manner. Many have questioned what the reasons could be for this unbea


Pact to save Sri Lankan whales from ships

Views - 10 Thursday, 7 March 2019 00:00

www.sbs.com.au: When the feeding grounds of blue whales overlap with busy shipping lanes, business interests often supersede those of the endangered marine mammals. But in Sri Lanka, an unusual alliance has been forged. Conservationists and shipping


New Delhi is world’s most polluted capital, Beijing eighth

Views - 12 Thursday, 7 March 2019 00:00

New Delhi (Reuters): New Delhi was the world’s most polluted capital city in 2018, two groups monitoring air pollution said on Tuesday in a study of the amount of fine particulate matter known as PM2.5 in 61 capital cities around the world. The Ind


Permanent Representative to UN welcomes CITES COP18 in Sri Lanka

Views - 11 Thursday, 7 March 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Rohan Perera, was invited by the CITES Secretariat to make opening remarks at the celebration to mark World Wildlife Day at the United Nations Headquarters, on 1 March under the theme


INSEE Cement launches Phase 2 of coral restoration in Unawatuna

Views - 13 Thursday, 7 March 2019 00:00

INSEE Cement, Sri Lanka’s foremost cement manufacturing company, with a heritage spanning over 50 years, has been passionately engaged in re-building Sri Lanka’s coral reefs in the company’s dedicated endeavour to contribute to the conservation


Conservation Photography Competition

Views - 192 Thursday, 7 March 2019 00:00

The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) has just launched its first ever Conservation Photography Competition with an entry deadline set for 31 March. The Competition is supported by Wijeya Graphics Ltd., Sri Lanka’s leading graphic desig


WNPS lecture on ‘Art of Wildlife Photography’ by Dr. Lalith Ekanayake today

Views - 119 Thursday, 21 February 2019 00:00

The Wildlife Nature Protection Society’s (WNPS) monthly lecture today (21 February) at 6 p.m. at Jasmine Hall, BMICH will focus on ‘The Art of Wildlife Photography’ by specialist Dr. Lalith Ekanayake. WNPS said: “We are now in an age when any


The Body Shop re-wilds 10 million sq. mts of forest through ‘Enchanted by Nature’ campaign

Views - 30 Thursday, 21 February 2019 00:00

British skincare and beauty brand with a heart, The Body Shop, is saying ‘thank you!’ to all of its loyal customers in Sri Lanka for personally gifting over 10 million square metres of forest throughout the festive season! A brand synonymous with


The fight against wildlife trafficking: CITES in Sri Lanka

Views - 217 Thursday, 21 February 2019 00:00

From pangolins to elephants, from tropical timber to birds and snakes: Wildlife trafficking is one of the largest illegal global trade sectors and generates billions of USD per year. Since 1975, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Sp


Sampath Bank inaugurates Earth Watchmen initiative

Views - 57 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:27

Cricket in Sri Lanka is not just a sport, it’s a way of life. If you are Sri Lankan, whether or not you love the game, play the game or watch it, somehow cricket has the ability to get in the way of everyday life. And whilst cricket bats are fundam


Global Compact Network Sri Lanka searches for young professionals committed to advancing SDGs

Views - 86 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:27

As part of the 2019 UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers program, Global Compact Network Sri Lanka today launched its national search for young professionals (35 and under) who are committed to advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Later this ye


‘Corporates in Conservation’ presented by OLU Tropical Water

Views - 46 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:26

A panel discussion on the topic ‘Corporates in Conservation’ was held in Nawala recently. Dr. Andrew Kittle and Anjali Watson of the WWCT, together with the support of OLU Tropical Water have documented sightings of leopards in the Gal Oya Nation


Australian court bars new coal mine project in landmark win for green lobby

Views - 26 Monday, 11 February 2019 00:25

MELBOURNE (Reuters): Developers have lost a court appeal to build a coal mine in Australia’s Hunter Valley over its potentially “dire” environmental impact, in the country’s first legal review of a coal mine project to hear evidence from a cl


Thriving coastlines: Mangrove restoration in Sri Lanka

Views - 231 Thursday, 7 February 2019 00:02

On the border between land and sea, a unique ecosystem covers tropical and subtropical regions around the world: Mangrove forests. Mangroves are well adapted to saline water and the tides, and they thrive along the coastlines of over 118 countries, i


ComBank awarded Greenhouse Gas verification statement

Views - 41 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:00

The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has been awarded a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) verification statement by Sri Lanka Climate Fund Ltd. under the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, after verifying that the Bank’s total Greenhouse Gas emissions


JKH’s Plasticcycle collaborates with Department of National Zoological Gardens

Views - 32 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:00

The newest addition to the Plasticcycle initiative is the collaboration with the Department of National Zoological Gardens to place plastic collection bins at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Pinnawala Zoo, Dehiwala Zoo and Ridiyagama Safari Park wh


Tiara inspires children to plant trees keeping environment healthy and green

Views - 36 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:00

Inspiring the nation’s younger generation to value the preciousness of nature and trees, Tiara Cakes marketed by CBL Foods International Ltd., a subsidiary of conglomerate CBL Group, participated in a novel tree planting initiative recently. Tiara


JICA supports completion of pollution control and solid waste management project

Views - 34 Monday, 4 February 2019 00:00

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in cooperation with Central Environmental Authority (CEA), successfully completed a final seminar to share their findings and recommendations of ‘Pollution Control and Reduction of Environmental Bu


To meet climate goals, world urged to reuse natural resources

Views - 37 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:21

Thomson Reuters Foundation: More of the billions of tonnes of materials the world uses each year must be recycled and reused to keep climate change in check, researchers said last week. Only about a tenth of the nearly 93 billion tonnes of materials


President calls for regional cooperation to fulfil environmental responsibilities and obligations

Views - 29 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:21

Ayubowan! President of the Forum, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Asia Pacific Region, distinguished delegates, permit me at the outset to extend my sincere appreciation


US EPA senior official falls short of calling climate change a crisis

Views - 30 Monday, 28 January 2019 00:17

WASHINGTON (Reuters): The Trump administration’s senior air pollution official said on Friday that he and his agency were still exploring the science of climate change and fell short of calling it a crisis. Bill Wehrum, US Environmental Protection


Global natural disasters wreak $160 b damage in 2018: Munich Re

Views - 42 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

Frankfurt Main, AFP: Natural disasters including wildfires, hurricanes and tsunamis inflicted $160 billion of damage and claimed 10,400 lives in 2018, German reinsurer Munich Re said Tuesday. The financial toll was far below the $350 billion recorde


US carbon emissions spike in 2018 on industry, fuel demand

Views - 36 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

Washington, Reuters: US emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, spiked last year after falling for the previous three, as cold weather spurred natural gas demand for heating and as the economy pushed planes and trucks to guzzle fuel, an


NDB implements unique sustainable solution human-elephant conflict

Views - 47 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

The threat to elephants due to the human-elephant conflict has become one of the most pressing conservation issues in wildlife management in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was home to about 20,000 elephants 100 years ago, which has now dwindled to about 5,000.


WNPS lecture on 17 January to focus on leopards of Horton Plains National Park

Views - 169 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

The Wildlife Nature Protection Society’s (WNPS) monthly lecture on 17 January will focus on ‘Unraveling the Mysteries of an Elusive Cat: The Leopards of the Horton Plains National Park’. Public lecture open all with free entrance will be held a


MAS opens newly-outfitted Badagamuwa Environmental Information Centre

Views - 45 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

MAS Fabrics, the globally lauded end-to-end supply chain operation of MAS Holdings, ceremoniously opened the refurbished Badagamuwa Environmental Information Centre to the public as means to create more awareness on the unique biodiversity of the Bad


INSEE Group signs MOU with IUCN to enrich biodiversity in Asian quarries

Views - 139 Wednesday, 9 January 2019 00:00

To enrich and further strengthen its on-going eco-friendly stance in the Asian region, Siam City Cement City Group, its fully-owned subsidiary known in Sri Lanka as INSEE Cement, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with International Uni


To halt deforestation, researchers say we must listen to the forests

Views - 45 Wednesday, 9 January 2019 00:00

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Conservationists and palm oil companies tackling deforestation and forest fires must rely less on satellite imagery and instead start listening to the sounds of the forests, according to a report published on Friday. The


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Making Sri Lanka go to the ‘MICE’

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Whilst Sri Lanka continues to show a year-on-year growth in tourists, the focus thus far has only been on the number of tourists coming in, instead of the cash inflow and subsequent economic development. As of 2018, the local tourism sector is said t


Govt.’s 2019 Budget proposals are detrimental to women and children

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

The focus and attempt to create a gender-progressive Budget this fiscal year is indeed welcome. However, reading through the Budget proposals, it is alarming to see how many of its allocations to address women’s issues tend to further discriminate


AI and political marketing

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Artificial Intelligence has become a hot topic in the recent past in Sri Lanka, with an eminent business personality explaining how his companies like Singer and HAYLEYS are using this technology to better serve the customers. Let me do a deep dive i


Worms destroying agriculture

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

By mid-March the majority of paddy farmers have completed harvesting their Maha crop; some with financial issues have already disposed their stocks to middlemen. Others are fighting to get a reasonable price for their stocks. The Paddy Marketing Boa


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